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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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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

During our visit the chateau was closed and we enjoyed the spacious park and garden around it. The gardens, especially the architecture are beautifully designed and arranged. Also the little coffee shop looked very inviting. Hence, the castle was a little run-down and in need of some renovation which seemed to currently take place. The big lake and adjoining gardens... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We had been looking forward to visiting this property, but found the exterior uninspiring and the interior shabby. The chandeliers are in a desperate need of a clean - perhaps a factor in the rooms seeming poorly illuminated - and many of the furnishings have a thick coat of dust. I also thought a lot of the artefacts lacked artistic... More

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Estero, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed going through this chateau. It is probably the biggest in France. Many famous residents such as Napoleon, Josephine and his second wife too. The royals seemed to spend most of their time decorating and redecorating with much gold gilding. It is really over the top. We enjoyed it very much. Make sure to get the audio guides... More

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Redlands, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you have not been to Fontainebleau you must go. Parts of the palace date back to the 12th C. and the palace was also used by Napoleon. Here you will see many of the articles used by Napoleon and members of his court (including his famous hat and his slippers)! The architecture crosses many styles and the detail work... More

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is worth the time to tour. See the Chappel especially and the various event halls. Really gives you a feel for French royalty

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London
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You won't be disappointed if you visit the chateau it is just beautiful. We had the audio guides and although we didn't use them for the whole of the tour it was good to have them for extra information. They were cheap to hire , I think about 2 euros each. The rooms and furniture were superb and so many... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great except for the crazy system to get tickets to get in. Queued for nearly 50 mins only to find just 2 young lads dealing with ticket sales... Don't know if this is normal but on a French Bank Holiday weekend... Non!!!

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Auckland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We both enjoyed our visit to the Chateau and found the audio-guide to be among the best we have used. They have a wide range of languages available and the English version was all that we could have hoped for in an audio-guide. The subject matter covered in the guide is excellent. Try to look at the museum of Napoleon's... More

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Cotswolds
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66 reviews 66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Had an easy drive, and arrived ready to enjoy the Chateau with the family, having parked in an excellent underground car park nearby. We excitedly arrived at the entrance to find it closed - 11.00am? - no signs visible as to why, so online courtesy of smart phone to find that it is CLOSED on Tuesdays....nice gardens as we found... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We have been to versialles several times and decided this would make a nice change. We caught the train from Gard du Lyon and it is about 40 mins away, there is a 20mins walk to the chateau itself. The chateau is not as grand as Versailles but has a more authentic feel inside, the rooms are done out as... More

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