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Chateau de Fontainebleau

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Address: Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
Phone Number: +33 1 60 71 50 70
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Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Rock climbing
Description: This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled...
This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled the old château during his stays there from 1807 to 1809.
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Stunningly beautiful and so worth the trip

My son, who was living in Fountainbleau, and who also visited to the Palace of Versaille, found the Chateau de Fountainbleau in many ways superior to Versaille. He explained that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My son, who was living in Fountainbleau, and who also visited to the Palace of Versaille, found the Chateau de Fountainbleau in many ways superior to Versaille. He explained that Napoleon actually resided in Foutainbleau more recently and the place is better maintained and has far less crowds. Stay in the area and go late in the day on a... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I had been to Versailles many years ago and debated with my husband to return or visit Fontainebleau on a recent trip to Paris. Reading the reviews on TripAdvisor regarding extra charges and crowds, we decided to opt for Fontainebleau. Took the train which turned out to be quite a hassle due to mis-direction (would perhaps opt for a bus... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Chateau is impressive. I have now had the opportunity to go to both Fontainebleau & Versailles. Both the towns are beautiful and well kept. Fontainebleau is further out than Versailles, but still easy to get to. From Gare De Lyon take the train as you get there take line 1 to stop Chateau and across the road is the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Similar to Versailles, these are some of the most beautiful gardens to be found anywhere in the world. What sets Fontainebleau apart is that it is a regular park - which is used daily by residents and tourists. There are plenty of restaurants nearby so if you choose to make a day of it, there won't be a shortage of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Outside of castle is not as grandiose as many other French castles. The big problem is to find it's entrance and ALL the tourist are looking for it. We found a glass door with a wind up man telling us it is the next door down but that door was locked and when we went back to the man to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This site has excellent self-guided tours equipment and offers a wonderful historical insight into the monarchy and Napoleon. Many well-restored rooms and artifacts are on display with good English narratives in digital format. Other languages are also available. This is well worth a side trip.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We visited Fontainebleau on a weekday and it was way less crowded than Versailles. It was a easy trip from Paris, just a train ride and connecting bus to the Chateau. It was very interesting to see the Napoleon exhibits and we practically had the Chinese Museum to ourselves while we were there. The gardens and park were also worth... More 

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mauritius
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

On a beautiful cold sunny day, we decided to head out to Fontainebleau to visit the chateau, it was well worth it!! The chateau itself is beautiful with a lot to see. Get your audioguide with an extra 3 eur and take your time walking leisurely through the chateau. It is easily accessible from Gare de Lyon and bus dropping... More 

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North Fitzroy, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

An easy train ride (40mins) from Gare de Lyon. Super helpful staff at the station will make sure you get the right tickets and platform. 16€ for the train trip plus bus included. Local bus timed to meet the train from Paris, otherwise you can walk the 2km to the Chateau through the lovely villages of Avon and Fontainbleau. Chateau... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Beautiful pallace & so nice to get out of the big city for a day. We rode the train which was delightful. Our only disappointent was that when we purchased our admission at the pallace the lady did not tell us this was where we needed to purchase our headsets for the tour. She did not speak English & we... More 

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