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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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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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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We did the entire tour and were disappointed that it did not meet our expectations. We always heard that it was very impressive, however we felt it was just an average property. I did not have the bling we expected.

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Syracuse , NY
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I recently spent 3 weeks in France. We were in Normandy , Ile de France , Champagne, Lorraine and Paris. We loved everything we did and met the kindest and friendliest people everywhere with the exception of the Chateau de Fontainebleau. My review might have even been even more critical if we had gone to the Palace... More

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Midland, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We visited the chateau in early April and enjoyed the opportunity to absorb the history and to get know more about Napoleon and his family. Our self-guided tour was relaxed other than a few school groups we were able to wander through the various rooms at our own pace - Thankfully there are benches where you can take a break.... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I took a short train ride from Gare de lyon in Paris to the chateau. The entrance leads you to a beautiful staircase in the front courtyard which is the focal point. I was lucky enough to be there early in ghe day with very few people which gave way for incredible photo ops of empty rooms. That changed with... More

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Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
75 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I thought this was much better than Versais and so much less crowded. It's just as easy to get to on public transport [metro plus regional train]. The whole atmosphere is more relaxed and you can forget about pick-pockets for a while.It isn't expensive and the self-guided tour is good as you can spend as long as you want in... More

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Medfield, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Where Versailles is all about Louis XIV, Fontainebleau is much older and encompasses various styles - Renaissance through neoclassical - as well as dynasties. If you brush up a bit on French history you'll get even more out of your visit and can really see the contrast between the Francis I rooms and galleries and the Napoleonic era. The audio... More

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Paris, France
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Over the course of 6 months we've visited numerous castles around Paris, the Loire Valley, and Austria, and if I had to pick one, this would be my favorite. The inside is the most sumptuous and decadent I've ever seen, and the place is dripping in history. It truly feels like a place fit for a king (or emperor in... More

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Paris, France
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great place to visit! Easy access by train/bus. Totally worth it. Big galleries, loads of art and really interesting information. Gives you a look of how the kings and Napoleon lived in those times. Audio guides available and highly suggested.

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Fontainebleau spans both the the Royal and Napoleonic periods and offers a fascinating insight into the way of life for the Bourbon Kings and their revolutionary replacement. The rooms are laid out themeatically and are in superb condition, containing many wonderful artifacts and items used by the past inhabitants. There are audio guides available in different languages, this I highly... More

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Barcelona, Spain
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to visit (may not be worth the detour from Paris), but if you're in the area, definitely takes a few hours to tour the Chateau. Also budget 2+ hours - you can pay to see the main apartments and halls, and if you can get a group together you can arrange a... More

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