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Bois-Preau, Paris, France
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Ranked #184 of 764 Attractions in Paris
Type: Historic Sites
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Perth, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The stately chateau owned by Empress Josephine (her title was retained even after the divorce in 1810) until her death in 1814, contained well-preserved rooms filled with Napoleonic furniture, countless family portraits in heavy gilt frames, porcelain tableware and numerous objets d`art. Josephine's predilection towards swans can even be seen in a chair with arms carved in swan-necked adornment.Several of... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you have time, this lilttle trip out of Paris is really worth while. It takes about an hour to get there, depending from where in Paris you are. Just take the RER or Metro to La Defense and then bus 258 to 'La Chateau' - easy. If you are at all historically interested, you will enjoy this place. As... More

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London, United Kingdom
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40 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Rueil Malmaison in the Haute de Seine is a suburb approx 8 miles from the centre of Paris. This pretty town has fine buildings with many strong links to the history of France. There are hotels, bars, french and foreign restaurants, as well as small shops and a typical french marche. The origin of the name Rueil or Roialum (relating... More

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4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We saw this on Monty Don's french garden series and the gardens would be great in Spring and Autumn. Make sure you catch the bus from the basement of the La Defensa station as it is too far to walk. The rooms are well fitted out and the size of the attraction makes it easy to see in half a... More

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Houston, Texas
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13 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Not far from Paris, Josephine's and Napoleon's private residence is worth a trip if you have already been to a lot of the famous Paris sights, if you are interested in "Empire" period furniture, or in Napoleon. I went with a guided tour--which made the trip convenient, though our guide was not as well informed as I would have liked.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

So glad to have been advised to visit Malmaison. It is quite a distance by foot from the village (great little bakery there) and a little difficult to find. However, there is a little 'road train' that takes passengers to and from the Chateau and we were very happy to travel back that way. It is a lovely home -... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

WOW, seems not many reviews of this seemingly hidden gem that takes you back in time to the glorious years of splendour and happiness of Napoleon & Josephine. It is small compared to the other palaces we visited, it is very intimate, has the feel of an actual "home", very lovingly thought out and decorated by the empress Josephine. Many... More

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Petaluma, California
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I have waited to see this since I was 6 and first discovered the story of Josephine Bonaparte. Walking into a dream. This is a true Chateau not a castle so don't expect Versailles. This was a more intimate home and retreat for Josephine who bought this property without Napoleons knowledge. It was indeed used as a headquarters for Napoleon... More

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Sydney, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Josephine's beautiful grand home,well worth a visit,actually quite amazed a historical site like this would have catering or amenities elsewhere,perhaps on purpose to preserve the beauty of the place ,transport to and from the nearest station Rueil-Malmaison looks like taxi only, fare to around 10 Euro, about double from as flag fall starts when called from the Chateau. Train service... More

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Sydney, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Malmaison, one of the palaces of Napoleon and the eventual resting place of Josephine, is a tasteful elegant period home. Yes a palace, once with enormous grounds to house the many plants and animals brought back by french explorers, it is so elegant and tasteful that you can actually imagine living here. Relatively easy to find - the only trap... More

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