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Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne

1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
04 68 11 70 70
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Ranked #3 of 32 Attractions in Carcassonne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a... more » Owner description: Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,600 years of history. See a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the fortified walls and the north ramparts; discover the museum of masonry and many other attractions. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> April to September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> October to March: from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This marvelous Medieval castle was amazing, and well worth the long drive from Andorra, where we were unfortunate enough to be based. The castle is no doubt in better shape than when it was new. Really enjoyed walking the ramparts

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Lyon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

An amazing example of a medieval walled city and castle well worth a visit but be aware once inside near the main entrance the streets are packed with shops selling alsorts of tourist junk most of it of no relevants to the city itself. The resturants prices seemed no more expensive than you would find any where else in this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The 13th century walled city with towers and turrets is well worth an overnight stop in the area.There are the usual tourist shops that are everywhere. However, the old fortified city is fun and interesting to wander about. There are great views and picturesque scenery. We enjoyed climbing up on the walls and examining the parts of the wall built... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Both the castle and the ramparts are very well maintaned piece of a medival architecture. Interiors of the castle are not much decorated, but the supporting exhibition of castle history gives you plenty of information of what the life in the fortress looked like back in the medieval age.

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Vaduz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We have spent a full day visiting this incredible site. Restoration done by Viollet was certainl invasive but the results are simply great. Fantastic views everywhere. a great castle

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La Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Having studied medieval sieges and combat, touring this restored castle helped me better understand the challenges of both the defenders and attackers.

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It can be a bit of a climb to get to the top views, but so worth it, the views are fantastic. We visited several times during our short break, but my favourite time to visit this attractive was at night, when lights illuminate the whole area. It is a spiritual, magical and spectacular place to visit. Would most certainly... More

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I don't know why there are different options for the city and the castle but... If you are visiting the city, then it would be a shame to not pay the 9 euros or so to go inside the castle itself. Yes it's been renovated and is a modern replica but the feeling of history remains. The museum display is... More

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Leuven
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Don't forget to leave the city through the smaller Porte d'Aude, for a truely spectacular view on the walls.

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Princeton, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

What a great castle. If you are in the southern part of France you need to see this remarkable castle. The medivall city inside is wonderful too. At night it has alot of lights to give it a romantic nostalgia. Go see this restored trip back in time where you might find Excaliber.

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