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Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne

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Address: 1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
Phone Number: 04 68 11 70 70
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Description: Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an...
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
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Like history? Like puzzles? Like giant architectural puzzles and history? Carcasonne is totally for you then! Aside from the hideous tourist trap township leading up to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Like history? Like puzzles? Like giant architectural puzzles and history? Carcasonne is totally for you then! Aside from the hideous tourist trap township leading up to the castle, the building complex is pretty awesome! We decided to shell out for the audio guide and glad we did, it really added something extra to the experience. There is some construction at... More 

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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

To clarify, this review is for the castle itself, Le Château Comtal, which is also commonly referred to as Carcassonne Castle and is the castle included in this listing. TripAdvisor is a bit confusing in that there are currently 3 listings for what really are 2 sites: Château Comtal (Count's Castle), Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne, and Carcassonne Medieval City.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is amazing. It seems incredibly well-restored and has a varied 2000 year history. Get the audio guide and learn a lot!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

There really are not any other sites in Carcassonne, other than wondering around the lovely town. Doing the castle and ramparts provides a little exercise and is pleasant. The 12 minute movie is educational and has English subtitles. They only do English tours twice a day, so check in advance to be sure you know when to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

If you go to Carcassonne and not visit the castle, there can be only 2 reasons: if it´s close due to a strike (which almost happened to me and my wife, and what it lead me to stay in front and discuss about it with the administrators until they opened), or if you have absolutely no heart and feelings at... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The Aude gate is approached by a cobbled 3 in 1 gradient, whilst the Narbonne gate is heaving with tourists from the car park. Renovation work is underway on half of the castle walls, and there could have been more in the museum, but what there was was excellent, and the walls are astonishing, especially where Roman towers still stand.

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Situated within the citadel is the 12th century castle of the Trencavel Family. The castle is built against the inner wall of the citadel. Later additions include the defensive walls that face the citadel, a moat and a barbican. The castle and ramparts of Carcassonne are the same attraction as the “chateau comtal” (ducal palace). Visitors can enter the castle... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We found this tour in a travellers guide book. Brilliant! Spent an enjoyable day clambering up mountain paths and wondering at the skill of men who managed to build in such remote places. Tip: all castles charge an entrance fee and only take cash.

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We stayed a short walk from the castle and the view from the outside is amazing but once you get in it just gets better. There is a not to gentle uphill walk to the entrance, from the front up a path and road through the main gate or from the river side up besides the church up a very... More 

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Oregon City, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you are coming here to see the "historical" aspect of the town, this is the actual museum attraction. Your ticket gets you up on the ramparts (about 1/3 are accessible with the ticket), as well as the castle portion. I liked the movie, which explained in three languages (French spoken, with French, English, and Spanish subtitles) about the origin... More 

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