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Chateau de Malmaison

Avenue du chateau, 92 500 Rueil-Malmaison, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Castles
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Valencia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This house is very historical and shows the life of Josephine. Napolean never stayed here much. The rose garden which was in terrible shape is now redone and looks great! Worth visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We went on an included guided excursion to Napoleon and Josephine's CHoTEAU DE MALMAISON. The Chateau was about a 30 minute drive up the Seine to a country estate which was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it "the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe (a model... More

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

There are not many reminders in Paris of Napoleon. Besides his tomb in the Invalides and the Arc the Triomphe ( completed after his death) there are no grand memorials for the first emperor. Just one narrow street in Saint Germain ( rue Bonaparte). It is therefor interesting to visit the home of his first wife the empress Josephine. Little... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Few kilometers away from un-missable Lous XIV Versailles, you will find castle of Malmaison, host of first wedding of Napoleon Bonaparte, with Joséphine de Beauharnais. Fantastic Room of the empress, as well as Ministry council room. Pure Empire style examples. Nice parc around the castle. Audio-guides for adults and children.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We visited chateau malmaison on a young friend's recommendation and spent a wonderful afternoon there - the website details well how to get there and we ensured that we arrived soon after the chateau reopened for the afternoon. The audio guide is worth getting and we couldn't believe how lucky we were to have virtually the whole chateau to ourselves...... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

I visited Malmaison on a very cold but sunny December day. The Chateu is amazing & weaves a lovely but slightly sad story abut the life of Josephine and Napoleon. This chateau is much more conservative than many other over the top places in France & shows Josephine's amazing taste in decor as well as her passion for gardening. I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This chateau is a delightful escape from the busier sights around Paris. It's a fascinating insight into the lives of Josephine and Napoleon, particularly Napoleon's study. You could just imagine him there, planning his campaigns! It's really like a charming (large!) country house, with lots of light, set in lovely informal gardens. Its very easy to get here, you take... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

How did Josephine and Napoleon live together? What became of Josephine after the divorce? Should we feel sorry for her? Chateau Malmaison, just out of Paris, has the answers. Of all the rooms, we loved the Frise (frieze) room, sunny, beautiful and charming. Tucked away in another corner are some of her shoes, elegant tan pumps. Further on, you find... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

A nice drive about 45 minutes outside of Paris brought us to Josephine Bonaparte's Chateau de Malmaison. It wasn't crowded and it was a nice quiet afternoon so we were able to take our time at a relaxing pace. The grounds are lovely--not spectacular by any means--like Versailles or Fountainbleu, but the little gardens are sweet. Upon entering, we were... More

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We toured this house with a guide and it was interesting. The house itself is in a beautiful old neighborhood. The rooms were beautiful and Napoleon's study was especially interesting. There wasn't a great deal of original furniture, but it was still beautiful. The garden was really lovely. It is a big change from some of the more glitzy attractions... More

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