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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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Wow, so much luxury!

This place was really worth the visit. When I walked out, I felt like we had a 1.5 hour visit, but it was actually 4 hours. There was so much to see, the day went so quickly. For... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This place was really worth the visit. When I walked out, I felt like we had a 1.5 hour visit, but it was actually 4 hours. There was so much to see, the day went so quickly. For the most part the displays were well lit for *no flash* photography. I don't know what to say about it, except that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

At the end of our trip to Paris, Florence and Rome this was the only day spend peacefully. The place is not crowded at all and the castle itself is splendid. It was drizzling on the whole day and even then the place had an excellent charm lingering in minds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I just love the stairs, talk about making an entrance, and they are only 375 years old. Also here, thank goodness, Napoleon abdicated and stopped killing Frenchmen, Germans, Russians, Austrians, and anyone else in sight. Leaving 2,000,000 French widows! But as he said, "What's that for me?" ( But in French.) The Gallery of Francis 1 gains my vote, followed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A very good historical exhibition of Napoleon was a highlight of our visit to Fontainebleau. Certainly not as grand as Versailles (although we did not visit with such expectations), but still an important part of French history. Napoleon's old uniforms which are on display provide a glimpse into his true stature.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

What a place !! Persoanlly I prefer it to Versailles. You get a real impression of what it must have been to live, as a Royal, in those days. And Fontainebleau is a great place to visit as a town.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Fontainebleau is a small town with a big chateau near to Paris. Its just 1.5 hrs from Paris. Direct trains depart from Gare de Lyon but its tricky to find them. They depart from RER station at basement and not the Grand Lignes so be careful when searching for train. The trains depart every 30 mins unless the service has... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went to Chateau de Fontainebleau with France Tourisme. Had gone with them in cosch to Giverny and wrote favourable review. Not this time. 1. Bus takes 8+driver. We had 8 tourists. Brochure referred to "guide". There wasn't one. 2or 3 fat people. Sardines-in-a-tin. 2. Portly man next to me was friendly and appeared to be conscious of keeping to his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited on a Sunday morning with friends. Had a nice little breakfast at Le grand cafe close to the carousel. Then walked down to the market where we had a nice time food tasting and doing a little shopping. Next we visited the Château, it's quite big and quite beautiful with a lovely lake. Great for a morning jog... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We decided to visit the chateau, knowing that the interior could not be visited on May 1st, but expecting that the gardens would be worth while. Well, compared to places like The Belvedere and Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria, Slot Het Loo in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, or Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany, the gardens of Fontainebleau mostly look like a barren, muddy wasteland,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

this is the place to visit if one is interested in understanding how the french rulers and their families lived.

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