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Chateau de Malmaison

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Address: Avenue du chateau, 92 500 Rueil-Malmaison, France
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When they finally came looking for Napoleon - they found him here at Josephine's place.

While General Bonaparte was in Egypt, Josephine bought this 150 acre property 15 ks from Paris. Her husband was not happy. The house was run-down and the price was far too... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

While General Bonaparte was in Egypt, Josephine bought this 150 acre property 15 ks from Paris. Her husband was not happy. The house was run-down and the price was far too high. But, once Emperor, money was not a problem. So they turned it into their 'week-ender' - and it was somewhat like what we can view today. When divorced,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Found this visit fascinating as I don't know much about this period of history. The chateau has been well maintained (and in some cases refurbished) and is an interesting insight into their lives together. The chateau is crammed full of furniture and paintings. You can also wander freely in the grounds, although I think that these would be at their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We visited whilst staying in Versailles and l can't stress enough to catch the bus from the bus station and don't even attempt going on the metro! The bus takes about 35 minutes, drops you at the bottom of the road and you can use your metro ticket. The house is absolutely amazing. Because all the original furniture and personal... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

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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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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