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Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau)

Fontainebleau, France
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Type: Forests
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: This 49,000-acre forest is one of the biggest in France.
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east coast
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited the forest to boulder on the amazing rocks. We were impressed to meet so many multi-nationals doing the same thing and also wonderful French families out enjoying the woods. This is a unique place, and so beautiful to experience.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
45 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I've been in Northern France for my work and my family is coming over for a few weeks and we all enjoy hiking so I wanted to find a place for us to go. I drove a little over 2 hours to get there and it was worth it, to me, but if you aren't in love with being in... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Family day trip to the forest with our 3 and 5 year old. We all had an amazing time - there are many routes through the forest taking in the best bouldering areas and views. There are coloured markers painted on the trees and boulders which guide the way and our children really enjoyed finding these and leading the way... More

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We spent a great 2 days in the forest. The bouldering was amazing - with numbered routes for different grades including children's ones. We also did a lovely walk, although the paths were not always that well marked!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

With my family staying in Paris for a 2 week holiday, we wanted to get out of the city a bit and 'connect with nature'. We drove close to an hour and started at the visitor's center (4 Rue Royale, Fontainebleau) to get a map and instructions where to start our little hike. We had a great stroll on the... More

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High Wycombe
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

My husband is an avid climber and he had our two girls climbing like little monkeys all over "the elephant", a huge boulder resembling, you've guessed it, an elephant. Not just for climbers though, as it is a truly beautiful place to walk and appreciate what nature has to offer.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

great for a drive out after going In to Fontainebleau and Barbizon lovely place well worth a visit so pretty. and if it is Hot it will be nice and shady...Lots of lovely walks and some very pretty villages.well worth a drive to look at.

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Sydney, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Fontainebleau Forest is a vast area about 50 km South of Paris, more or less South west of the small village of Fontainebleau. There are a lot of Walking possibilities in the forest (I recommend you to buy a detailed map), most of them well marked. But for non french the forest is mostly known for its rock climbing. There... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We just went to one area of the forest and took a walk along guided paths. The forest is so big and many pretty villages and small towns are within this extensive accessible forest.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

One of the premiere bouldering destinations in the world, ridiculous amount of choice for all ranges (kids through to professionals). Bouldering areas are all easy to access, with nice manicured paths leading to them. We went to about 6-7 different areas during our week stay, though there were many many more. A guidebook is a must if you want to... More

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