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“Lovely Medieval Town Near Paris.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Provins

Seine-et-Marne, France
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Ranked #149 of 1,209 things to do in Ile-de-France
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Owner description: Provins, Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO Venez decouvrir cette cite medievale, situee aux Portes de Paris en Seine-et-Marne, animee par des visites, des spectacles historiques et de grands evenements... Un veritable voyage au Moyen Age !
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“Lovely Medieval Town Near Paris.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Instead of reviewing one by one the main 4 attractions in Provins, I would just say that they're all worth it and you can visit all of them with a pass for only 11.40 euros. Each one of them provides you with a better idea of the town's rich history which could be very interesting if you're into cultural tourism. I visited Provins on a Friday afternoon and then went back on a Sunday because I loved it. My visit on Sunday was better since it was very quiet. If you want to see all the attractions with your pass and maybe do one of the Medieval shows I suggest you come very early and check the opening and closing hours for each one of them because they vary depending on the days. If you don't want to visit the attractions then you could just walk around and visit the stores selling products from the region or eat at one of the cafés or restaurants located in the Medieval part or the newer part of Provins. This could be done in a couple of hours, otherwise plan a whole day for your visit.

To get there from Paris you need to go to Gare de l'Est and take a train to Provins (located in zone 5) if you have a pass covering all zones then you don't have to pay anything extra. It takes about an hour from Gare de l'Est and I believe there's a train every hour. When you arrive to the Gare in Provins, cross the street and you'll see a sign for the "Office du Tourisme - cité médiévale" indicating which way to go (if you want to buy your pass and get information) keep walking until you come across another sign, follow that direction until you see a set of stairs, go up the stairs and keep walking until you reach a square (Place du Châtel) that's the main area in the Medieval (and older) part of Provins (here you could ask around where the Tourism Office is or try to find it following a third sing located at the end of the square on your left)

The problem with the Tourism Office is that is not even inside the Medieval town, so tourists have to pass by the lower and the upper part of the town just to get there (ridiculous!) By the time you find it, you have already seen the main areas and buildings, guess they didn't think about it beforehand. If you don't need information or the pass then please start enjoying from the moment you exit the Gare :)

Visited June 2014
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“Really lovely medieval town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is really a little gem. When we visited it was very quiet, we only had a couple of hours so didn't get to see the whole town. We did climb to the top of the tour Cesar from which you could see the town laid out before you and the countryside beyond. There is a little train , similar to the ones that pick you up from the car parking at Disney world, that takes you around the town for 6€ which is a great idea for the less able. We will definitely be returning on our next trip in August, so that we can spend a full day, as we would like to see the underground gallery and the churches, it's well worth it.

Visited June 2014
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“Lovely Medieval Village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We drove up to Provins as a break from Disneyland Paris. Drive was easy an hour ish from Disney. We were not sure what to expect but we were very pleasantly surprised. A lovely medieval town with several attractions. We chose to walk around the ramparts and the streets and watch the Medieval show. Although the show was in French it was very good lots of action and very professional. Had very nice crepes for lunch in the town square not a great deal of English is spoken but we managed with our very basic French. Nice few hours for adults or families with older children.

Visited May 2014
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“Best shows ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Middle age city with old tradition, good place to spend a day or more, also great shows and unique performance.

Visited May 2014
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“An Interesting Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

My wife and I recently visited the medieval town of Provins in the commune of Provins southeast of Paris. The village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well preserved. We didn't do all of the things offered preferring instead to walk the ramparts and streets but we did make a longer stop at the Grange Dime(Tithe Barn) and really enjoyed the presentation of what the medieval trade fairs were like almost 1000 years ago. There is a lot of atmosphere and people reside and work in the town(similar to the approach at Williamsburg) .

Visited March 2014
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