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Chateau de Fontainebleau

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Address: Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300, Fontainebleau, France
Phone Number: +33 1 60 71 50 70
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled...

This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled the old château during his stays there from 1807 to 1809.

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Best in France!

Fontainebleau was the unrivaled highlight of my holiday in France. I went to Versailles, the Louvre and several chateaux in the Loire Valley, and nowhere else came close to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Brisbane, Queensland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fontainebleau was the unrivaled highlight of my holiday in France. I went to Versailles, the Louvre and several chateaux in the Loire Valley, and nowhere else came close to matching the rich history and amazing decoration of this sprawling palace complex. There are no crowds at all and a helpful audioguide is available, making for a very enjoyable visit. The... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved it. Recommend to visit. Actually there is no need to pay the entrance is you are just interested on the castle since you can just access from the park... But the expo is actually worth it. Very nice indeed. Recommend to spend at least three hours in there.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

There aren't as many visitors here. Compared to Versailles, this place is super quite. But that's what I loved about Fontainebleau. I wasn't being shoved by tour groups and people weren't getting in front of my pictures. I had time to read the placards (which is in English) and enjoy the architecture and appreciate the art that was inside. Very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learnt a lot about Napoleon from the French side....very informative audio guide which is essential and good value for money compared to a some places.....was a bit confused when the audio guide jumped around a few hundred years between Napoleon and other previous inhabitants ...but all very enjoyable and worth a visit if you are passing as we were on... More 

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Leiderdorp, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very quiet afternoon for a visit of the chateau. Great tour, very well organised. Audioguide at 3 euros is worth the price, very clear and interesting information on each room, quite a lot of languages available.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fairytale castle could imagine a wedding there Clean Stylish Still in very good maintenance Fabulous park

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Kerrville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is as big as Versailles although the grounds are not nearly as large. We were there in the morning and it was not at all crowded which made it a much nicer experience The interior of the house is opulent and there is a rich long history contained there. If you are visiting in the summer, I recommend... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful chateau and grounds. Do not go on the grass or you will get shouted at (the kids found this quite bemusing). Well worth a visit, beautiful inside and out. Plenty there to see and in fact, we didn't go round all of the gardens (it was very hot on the day we went). Parking is available underground... More 

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Réthimnon, Rethimni, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best of the known French chateaux. Wonderful construction surrounded by amazing gardens. The interior is well furnished with historical pieces taking you to an other time. Please take your time...

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chateau de Fontainebleau is one of the most impressive buildings I have ever visited. We arrived about 3 o'clock, and opted to have the audio guide, and costumes. The audio guide was excellent - allowing you to acquire more info along the way. Each room immaculately presented. It is hardly surprising that Napoleon loved it - absolutely stunning. We didn't... More 

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