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“Cité v Château” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne

Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne
1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
04 68 11 70 70
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Ranked #3 of 32 Attractions in Carcassonne
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Owner description: Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,600 years of history. See a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the fortified walls and the north ramparts; discover the museum of masonry and many other attractions. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> April to September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> October to March: from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France
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“Cité v Château”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Just to clarify, there are several attractions at Carcassonne and two of them get mixed up in these reviews.

There is the restored Medieval walled city - called the Cité
Inside the Cité is the Château Comtal - the castle of the Medieval Viscounts of Carcassonne

The Castle is built against the interior city walls, so you can get to the walls (ramparts) both by the cité and the castle.

The part accessed from the cité is small (most of it is cordoned off) and there is precious little information provided, but it is free and interesting if you have a guide book or know about medieval castles.

The part accessed from the castle is more extensive. You pay for access, and this entitles you to a guided tour (in French unless you are very luck, in high season). You can also pay (more) for an audio guide in English.

Visited September 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Hotel inside of Carcassonne”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Stayed at the small hotel inside the walls that used to be for the nuns. The rooms were small but delight and fun. People were very friendly.

Visited October 2012
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Granted we did not spend a huge amount of time but I had not appreciated the castle had effectively been rebuilt comparatively recently. Charges levied to see anything interesting, lots (and lots) of touristy shops and the "road train" tour only goes outside of the walls. Very little feeling of any history.

Visited August 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Amazing city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

An amazing place to visit, the largest medieval fortified city in the whole of Europe lived up to and exceeded my expectations. Chateau Comtal is worth paying to go into, not sure on many of the others. The train around the city is also quite good but most of the other museums probably arent worth it. A few over the top tourist shops that you get anywhere and are easily avoided. The better restaurants are tucked away from the main square (Marcou) and I recommend Le Jardin de la Tour and Le Bar a Vins.

Visited September 2013
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“Great views but a little pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The views from the Ramparts are fantastic but I wasn't all that fussed about the Castle itself given the admission fee if it wasn't for the views I would say that it wasn't really worth it. You still get stunning views from the outer city walls around the Cite but it would be a shame not to at least have a look around the castle and ramparts while in Carcassonne.

Visited August 2013
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