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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 - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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The largesse of times gone by

A grand and vast place which is ornate beyond reasonable but of course the largesse is what defines those times, making for an eye-popping experience today and a reminder that the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

As you approach the main entrance i have to admit that the chateau is very beautiful and impressive. However this is not the case for the inside or even the gardens. I will agree with a fellow traveler that wrote about administration problems ruining the place. Many rooms were somewhat empty, some other rooms were closed and some parts could... More 

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Cape Town
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A grand and vast place which is ornate beyond reasonable but of course the largesse is what defines those times, making for an eye-popping experience today and a reminder that the French Revolution was really a much needed leveller. The chapel is astonishing (and big! of course) and the Queen's bedroom (used by a long list of queens and empresses)... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It is a very nice place to visit. The paintings are not that great, but the details of the chambers, the furniture and the objects are awesome.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Fontainebleau is a great chateau to learn more about French history. Several kings left their marks, not to mention it was Napoleon favorite castle. Kids will have a good time looking for letters or symbols representing each one. The interiors are stunning and not as overwhelming as Versailles. The gardens in the Spring and Summer are very relaxing. Grab a... More 

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was a highlight of our France trip. This site just outside Paris is under the radar. Short drive from Paris. Short lines and no crowds to maneuver around, unlike Versailles. No need to go with a guide - the audio tour was perfect. The palace itself was enjoyable and kept the little kids interested as well. We did the... More 

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edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Spent a good few hours going round this chateau and it was beautiful and fascinating. I paid the extra 3 euros for commentary and it was well worth it. It costs around 9 euros entrance fee but the gardens are free to sit in all day and they are stunningly beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was our last attraction that we visited while in Paris and I am glad it was, after a trip full of amazing but sometimes crowed venues this was a wonderful change of pace with great insight into life before the Palace of Versailles. It had a very similar feel to Versailles without all the people, the amount of history... More 

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Ramsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This has a better interior than Versailles but does not have good gardens.. Take your time walking round inside and do not use a guide.

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Noosa, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Beautiful chateau and well worth a stroll around the grounds. Google the history first, you'll be amazed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Worth at least a couple of days to explore the grounds, interior and maybe do a little hike in the forest nearby. Beautiful!

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