We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300, Fontainebleau, France
Phone Number: +33 1 60 71 50 70
Website
Today
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$66*
and up
Fontainebleau and Barbizon Half Day Guided Tour from Paris
More Info
$125*
and up
Chateau de Fontainebleau Admission Ticket with Transport from Paris
More Info
$77*
and up
Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,774 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 423
    Excellent
  • 184
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Very interesting and worth visit

If you get anywhere near Fontainebleau do not miss this historical palace. We did the audio tour and found it fasinating. The history related to Napolean's days here was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
MCPatrick
,
Bay Minette, Alabama
Add Photo Write a Review

1,774 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 650: English reviews
Bay Minette, Alabama
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you get anywhere near Fontainebleau do not miss this historical palace. We did the audio tour and found it fasinating. The history related to Napolean's days here was striking. The grounds alone are worth seeing but the overall history here is amazing.

Helpful?
Thank MCPatrick
Beirut, Lebanon
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

About an hour trip away from Paris. The Chateau is beautiful and the gardens behind are wonderful, calm and peaceful. Weather was great and got the chance to take lots of photos. My favorite parts in the chateau were Napoleon's chambers. Don't miss those, some rooms actually made me feel comfortable and peaceful by simply looking at them. Good thing... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michel A
New Hampshire Lakes Region, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent several hours doing the audio tour of the interior rooms including the Napoleon Museum, the Pope's Apartment and the Large Apartments. The audio tour is great ! You can choose to hear more or less information as you prefer. Wandered around the gardens and enjoyed watching the huge fish in the Carp Lake (wish the row boats had... More 

Helpful?
Thank lduquettenh
Melbourne
Level Contributor
44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an aternative to visiting Verseille in July as all had said Verseille would be insanely busy. We caught the RER then the bus. The Chateau is amazing with so much history, makes me wonder why I didn't pay more attention at school. It wasn't crowded even with tours and felt this was much better than Versailles. I would... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Sue B
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Get the headset for sure. So much information. So much happened here. As we traveled to other Chateaus we realized this was a center for the rulers of France. So glad we saw it.

Helpful?
1 Thank Mary C
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic place and building with huge garden. We drove from Paris about 55 minutes there. A bit chaotic and many touristic groups with very loud speaking guides especially bother you in small rooms. Anyway we had a great time to see a lot of interestings of Golden century of France. My favorite is Chappell - massive, impressive and unforgettable. It... More 

Helpful?
Thank tatyanak581
Overland Park, Kansas
Level Contributor
128 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the second part of a tour package that involved visiting two chateau's in a day. One must think of Fontainebleau as a book who's pages reveal the reign of at least 30 different rulers during Frances growth. It's fascinating, involved, detailed and quite immense. A one time hunting lodge due to the abundance of game in the area,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Hitheroadwithme
Sacramento, CA
Level Contributor
124 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driving back to Paris after spending a week traveling around Northern France and decided to detour to Fontainebleau. When touring chateaus and castles, I am amazed to see how royalty lived. Such opulence. It is fun to see and imagine what life was like. If you are in the area, this should be on your to do list.

Helpful?
Thank 2004_Retirees
Iowa City, Iowa
Level Contributor
121 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is really steeped in history and many art forms. Many kings and one emperor used it at least for hunting. Most rooms are very grand but to many are Napoleon's rooms for our taste. The route gets very confusing with several reversals and multiple detours. Hopefully this will be corrected as there was some repairs going on while... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rowland45
Ipoh, Malaysia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We signed up for a tour (technically a bus ride) which brought us to vaux le vicomte and fountainbleau in one day. we had about 2.5 to 3 hours there, which was about right, although would have preferred a bit more time to allow us to stroll around the corridors at a lower pace. The audio/video guide (of which the... More 

Helpful?
Thank seepgoh

Travelers who viewed Chateau de Fontainebleau also viewed

 
Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne
 

Been to Chateau de Fontainebleau? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Chateau de Fontainebleau and other visitors
16 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (16)

Questions? Get answers from Chateau de Fontainebleau staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?