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“Fontainebleu Castle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chateau de Fontainebleau

Chateau de Fontainebleau
Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
+33 1 60 71 50 70
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$138*
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Rock climbing
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Owner description: This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled the old château during his stays there from 1807 to 1809.
County Dublin, Ireland
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“Fontainebleu Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great place to visit! Easy access by train/bus. Totally worth it. Big galleries, loads of art and really interesting information. Gives you a look of how the kings and Napoleon lived in those times. Audio guides available and highly suggested.

Visited March 2014
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“Fascinating and Accessable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Fontainebleau spans both the the Royal and Napoleonic periods and offers a fascinating insight into the way of life for the Bourbon Kings and their revolutionary replacement. The rooms are laid out themeatically and are in superb condition, containing many wonderful artifacts and items used by the past inhabitants. There are audio guides available in different languages, this I highly recommend as it explains many of the rooms and items in detail not available from the written guide.
I also went on one of the small group tours, through Napoleon and Joesphine's private apartments. Although the commentary was in French I managed to follow what was being said and would not have missed the opportunity to see these rooms which have remained virtually untouched since Napoleon's exile. The tour also showed aspects of the Palace not seen on the self guided tour, such as their private bedrooms and sitting rooms, corridors behind the state rooms, servants quarters and a Napoleonic toilet!
Fontainebleu is smaller and easier to manage than Versaille, and whilst not as over the top in it's size and decoration, spans a greater period of French history and has a wider range of decors and influences which, in my regard, make it a more interesting and rewarding palace.
If you have the time to detour from Paris then take a day an visit Faontainebleu, you will not regret it.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“More beautiful than Versailles!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to visit (may not be worth the detour from Paris), but if you're in the area, definitely takes a few hours to tour the Chateau. Also budget 2+ hours - you can pay to see the main apartments and halls, and if you can get a group together you can arrange a private tour of the first floor rooms. I didn't have time to do the latter but wish I'd known in advance and had arranged it!

Visited January 2014
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“amazing better than versailles!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

worth the visit, but it's not one day visit. you have to spend at least two days - just one day for the gardens. really well preserved

Visited December 2013
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“Waste of Time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We wasted a considerable part of our 3 days in Paris at this attraction. We found this castle to be gaudy and uninteresting. The only good thing was the fabulous meal we had across the road at the restaurant/patisserie - best one we had in Paris but nothing to do with Fountenbleau!

Visited December 2013
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