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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
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

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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Great place shame about the staff,

We didn't get a single smile from any member of staff! what a miserable lot! However the Chateau and gardens were magnificent. My only other comment was that although the audio... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Claire Y
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't get a single smile from any member of staff! what a miserable lot! However the Chateau and gardens were magnificent. My only other comment was that although the audio guide was interesting the English version was more an American version which eventually did my head in and I had to stop using it. I learned a lot about... More 

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Gouda, Nederland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited during a weekend when the entrance was free, so very busy. I enjoyed wandering around the different rooms. Some say less is more but in this place the motto clearly is "More is more". Such opulence! The gardens are a lovely quiet retreat after the over the top building.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A short train ride from the Gare de Lyon in Paris is the village of Fontainebleau and its lovely chateau. The quiet street, beautiful lawns and a romantic history draw in the tourist. Once said to be a hunting lodge, it became a favorite home of Napoleon and the place of his surrender before Elba. The rooms bear much influence... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you don't want to fight the crowd in Versailles, but still want to appreciate the King and Queen's palace, Chateau De Fontainebleau will be your perfect choice. It was the summer getaway for the Kings and Queens and full of interesting historical moments and stories. The interiors is splendid and rival Versailles. Unlike Versailles, you get to visit the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Imposing Chateau but entrance body signposted. Rooms that were open were very interesting.. Didn't find the cafe

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Prospect Heights, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fontainebleau palace is a great place to visit, while in Paris. It's full of historical artefacts, clothing, porcelain and painting from Napoleon era. You can actually see Napoleon's war uniform and his famous hat. Not as massive as Versailles, Fontainebleau still amazed me with rich history of France. Beautifully preserved Grand Ballroom displays gorgeous frescoes. Don't miss the Saturnin's Chapel... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on the audio guide ParisCityVision all day tour combined with Vaux-le-Vicomte. See my separate ParisCityVision review regarding the transportation. Really enjoyed Fontainebleau. Interesting history, chateau nicely furnished, great audio guide. Fun to see some children in period costume.

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Collingwood, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Chateau was originally a royal hunting lodge. There is evidence of this as you enter the grounds of the Chateau through the Garden of Diana, the goddess of the hunt. There is a fountain in the garden featuring Diana at the centre with four hunting hounds at her feet. The dogs are "peeing" into the basin of the fountain.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The architecture and the gardens were the highlight for me. In the chateau, I was glad to have rented the very confortable headset guide. I had read a novel that took place at the Fontainebleau, which did spark my interest in the chateau and kept my imagination going throughout the tour of both the inside and outside of the chateau.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful historic site transposing the visitor back to the imperial era. A must see. The visitor can be tickets on line.

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