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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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Cleveland, Ohio
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Visited the chateaux where Napoleon and Josephine resided while there were married. It was a self guided tour with hand sets. We walked through the chateaux at our leisure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Château de Malmaison, the home of Napoleon and Josephine (and later, only Josephine, after their divorce), is a great museum of what life was like if you had unlimited wealth and power at the end of the 18th (or the beginning of the 19th) century. Each room is either restored to its original purpose with original items, or houses exhibits... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

When my wife and I visited this hidden gem on the outskirts of Paris, we were surprised to find that the summer crowds elsewhere in Paris had vanished. Josephine purchased this lovely home for herself and Napoleon while he was absent from France, engaged on the conquest of Egypt. The Malmaison estate with its lovely palace now belongs to the... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We are an American family living just outside of Paris. We drive by the signs for this chateau every Sunday on our way to church. We have lived here for a year and I can't tell you how many times we said we needed to visit Josephine's House. We finally made time for a visit and I am so glad... More

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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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