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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
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Type: Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Rock climbing
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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Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The debate should be over. Forget about Versailles and Visit Fontainebleau . . . It is almost everything Versailles is, but without the crowds. I guarantee you, spending your day here is a much better decision than fighting the masses of tourists at Versailles. If this isn't enough for you, visit Vaux le Vicomte. Both are easy day trips and... More

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France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

on the inside. Of course, hard to compete with the gardens of Versailles but the Chateau of Fontainebleau comes very close. Check out the interior, still with original furnishings, not having been sacked after the French revolution, unlike Versailles.

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Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Just a short train ride from Paris and well worth the trip. Many, many historical pieces. I would definitely return for another visit.

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Athens
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

After reading many reviews for Chateau de Fontainebleau, I went to visit it myself. The truth is that I was disappointed as only a couple of rooms were really great and the gardens were typical for a french chateau. Maybe I was disappointed because I tried to compare it with Chateau de Versailles.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Chateau de Fontainebleau is the pre - palace to Versailles - just as nice. take the train about an hour from Paris - not as crowded as Versailles.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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142 reviews 142 reviews
17 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The second largest castle in France after Versailles and a very impressive building and garden. I actually like the garden more than the castle itself - wonderful place to go for a morning run.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Great audio guide, almost too much information, but you can control what you hear and easily skip things you're not interested in. The audio guide is worth it! The apartments are beautiful and are exactly what I imagined French royalty to live in. What a fabulous piece of history. We did this tour through a tour company, but it was... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We took a bus tour out of Paris that included the chateaux at Vaux le Vicomte in the morning and Fontainebleau in the afternoon. The tour included all entry tickets and the electronic guided tour. There is a phenominal amount of history associated with the chateau at Fontainebleau and the number of rooms that you walk through is staggering and... More

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Houston, Texas
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65 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We had been to Versaille and this time our son suggested visiting here because it is much less crowded. We took the train from Paris and the shuttle bus to town. Only problem was the entrance was not well marked, but not a big deal since the grounds were lovely to walk through. I had assumed that this would be... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My wife and I wanted to visit this Chateau but wanted to have a more personalized experience, that is without a coach trip. We selected a chauffer company (Shuttle-Tansfer.net) as we had used this company on a previous visit to Paris. While the cost was marginally more than if we had travelled by coach, the personalized service was exceptional, as... More

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