We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
+33 1 60 71 50 70
Improve this listing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book a Tour

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.
Write a Review

598 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

From the moment you walk in you take a trip trough history. It was originally build in the late 1600, but there is so much added on since it by different monarchs. My favourite was the room build for Marie-Antoinette. There was also an exposure of Napoleon wich was very interesting as well. outside there is a beautiful garden, worth... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

and visit this chateau instead of Versailles. Ideally, combine this with Vaux-le-Vicomte and you have no need to go to Versailles - unless you want to be squeezed like a lemon in a press! The chateau and gardens are wonderful and you can take your time and enjoy. You can get there easily by train or take one of the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I and our two teenage children visited Fontainebleau recently on a trip to France. We have been to Versailles before, but my kids had not. Although I would have loved to taken them there, I was hesitant because we were pressed for time and wanted to avoid the queues and crowds. A 30 min train ride out... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Coolum Beach, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place to visit. The beautiful gardens,the fountains and the chateau itself. It is full of stunning furniture, paintings, statues and tapestries, everything is full of history. We found the Chinese museum also very interesting, as it had more objects of Chinese and Siam art than we saw in the Summer palace in China. The grand apartments... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
38 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The castle, on a modest scale compared to Versailles, is still grandiose with 1,500 rooms and the gardens are pleasant in any seasons. Even if the origin of the castle dates back to the 12th century, Napoleon made it his and Napoleon III had a whole wing decorated in a style corresponding to the Victorian one. In the pond behind... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
375 reviews 375 reviews
148 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Skip Versailles and go to Fontainebleau! We took the train from Paris and hopped on a bus to the château. Very easy. No line to enter, no mobs of people. We looked at everything at our own pace. No one pushed or shoved us. The Grands Apartements were wonderful. I loved the Napoleon museum. The gardens are beautiful. It was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Morpeth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Value for money visit and gave great insight into French history. My heart sank when I saw several parties of school children lining up to visit, but they were a credit to the teachers and guides, very well behaved. The Chateau is massive so we went into town for lunch and returned to the gardens (which are free) in the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

While the chateau itself is beautiful, the audiotour offers an excellent insight into the history of the property and its colorful prior inhabitants. Pentiful underground parking is in close proximity to the site. It is a must-see site when visiting France.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited the Chateau by public transport which is relatively easy to do. We took the local metro to Gare de Lyon and then caught the train to Fontainbeau Avon and then the bus which stops a short walking from the Chateau. The train leaves from platform L which is on the upper level and takes about 40 minutes. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Anchorage, Alaska
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We visited in early April and opted for Fontainebleau over Versailles to avoid any crowds. It was a bit of an effort for us to catch the bus and then train and bus again to get to the chateau but it wasn't stressful and it was nice to see a bit of the area around Paris. There were no lines... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Chateau de Fontainebleau also viewed

Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne

Been to Chateau de Fontainebleau? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Chateau de Fontainebleau, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing