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Chateau de Fontainebleau

Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
+33 1 60 71 50 70
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Rock climbing
Owner description: This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Rock climbing
Hours:
Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Owner description: 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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Hyattsville, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Great day trip outside of Paris. Lots of history, great gardens. Smaller then Versaille but of the same quality with much fewer people. Great town to walk around in with friendly people.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Blimey, what a gold mine! Absolutely stunning Medieval architecture finished off with un comparable renaissance style. Louis chose his home well. The chateau displays a glimpse of the way aristocrats lived and bred, each room costs a small (sometimes large) fortune. The gallery of Frances is especially eye watering. The gardens are very busy and pretty bland but the surrounding... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

If you know who's Napoleon, you can't miss this Chateau which he used to live in. So much history and artefacts here in addition to the amazing structure. Audio guide is highly recommended.

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When visiting France a must to see this chateau is full of amazing portraits, costumes and the staircases are to die for, a definite place to visit for all the family

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Dothan, Alabama
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

As the primary alternative attraction to Fontainebleau (FB) is probably Versailles (which I've also visited), I'll compare and contrast the two places. Both are fairly easy to get to by train - around 45 minute rides. FB requires a little more preparation as you can't just catch the RER from central Paris; you must get to Gare de Lyon, have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you don't want to travel too far out of Paris and see why there was a revolution in France you must visit Chateau Fontainebleau. The amount of wealth exhibited by this Chateau is beyond your wildest dreams. It is by no means the prettiest Chateau, but it is an amazing history built by Francois I in the 16th century... More 

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Elimbah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I had the absolute pleasure of being taken on a trip to Fontainebleau for the day. The Chateau was truly spectacular. There are so many words to describe this beautiful piece of history but one comes to mind and that's " aw inspiring "! Ok that's two words but I have to say one of the best Chateau's I have... More 

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Marshall, TX
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We did Versailles on a sunny weekend. You must do Versailles...that said, we were a bit under-whelmed (with explanations, information, ease of seeing, big crowds, etc.) We took a week-day and the train to Fontainebleau, where we enjoyed ourselves more and saw equally sumptuous, beautiful, historic rooms. Without the crowd! We thought the contrast between the two was striking. Kings... More 

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Gruetli Laager, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We took the train to Chateau Fontainebleau which took some planning, but it definitely was worth the visit. There was so much more to see than Chateau Versailles and there was no crowds. There were rooms were gorgeous and there was a lot of history. You have to do the audio guide to get the full benefit of your visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Prefer the moderate palace here. It's total different from Verseille, but the serenity and beautiful river catches your attention too. Here you may run your imagination to the past.

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