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Chateau de Malmaison

Address: Avenue du chateau, 92 500 Rueil-Malmaison, France
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Type: Historic sites, History museums, Castles, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, History museums, Castles, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Barrow upon Humber
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The base designed and made by Napoleon and Josephine, well worth a visit to the house and gardens. The house has been refurbished in the style of when it as the centre of the French Empire great pieces on show.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Post revolutionary France and how it's leaders lived there lives from Napoleon I to Napoleon III is not always well understood. A visit to Malmaison helps build perspective. By no means a grand palace, this relatively "simple" chateau is a beautiful and well worthwhile place for a visit. You can feel the presence of both Napoleon and Josephine..enjoy!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

You can still get a feel for the type of person Napoleon was whilst strolling through the park and Chateau. The castle has changed little with time, and plaudits should go to his wife, for the extensive works conducted at Malmaison . Some of the furniture came from other chateaux belonging to Napoleon with the library maintained in its original... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

excellent place to visit with lush fixtures and realistically laid out rooms to show how they lived and the most incredible thing was seeing where they slept sitting up!! allow 1 hour or more for the visit but be aware it closes at 12.30 for one hour for lunch so go in the early morning or afternoon.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Spend a half day outside of Paris at this lovely Chateau and it's surroundings. I took the the RER to the Rueil-Malmaison stop, then easily found the #144 bus and took that to Mairie de Rueil, in the heart of the small city. Nice area to stroll around to see their town hall and church. A short walk thru the... More 

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Perth, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

So fascinated are we by tales of the exploits of Napoleon and Josephine we walk from the RER (signage sparse) grab a baguette on way and discover the charming little chateau. Well past the June 3 week peak season we study the rose garden carefully, ancient varieties, stroll the grounds and tour the house virtually alone on a warm October's... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Nice to see this beautiful castle and garden. It was impressive how well preserved they had managed to bring back the decor, furniture and belongings of the emperor and empress...

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Manila, Philippines
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224 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I would not go out of my way to see this place if my time were limited. But if one has the inclination to go, take the Metro to La Defense Grande Arch, and look for the 258 bus. Get off at Le Chateau. The whole area is Malmaison. When you ask people how to get there, mention that you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

A more intimate and less touristy site, giving you a more personal view of life with Napoleon and Josephine. Be prepared to walk a bit; and check opening times before you come. Parking is available.

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Alyth, Scotland
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We took a bus from Paris to a stop near Malmaison and had a short walk to the chateau. We walked around the rooms trying to envision Josephine there. Napoleon was a frequent guest and we saw the senate chamber he had there and read about a "secret" staircase from the meeting room to her bedroom. We read that when... More 

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