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CHATEAU ET REMPARTS DE LA CITE DE CARCASSONNE

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Address: 1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
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Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an...

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

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December not busy so tickets was easily obtainable. Beautiful preserved place. They provide you with earphones and commentary help to understand the history.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

December not busy so tickets was easily obtainable. Beautiful preserved place. They provide you with earphones and commentary help to understand the history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrive early for your ticket even if you plan to go later in the day, whenever you want, until it closes. Later in the day, the line gets long to go in. We went early and enjoyed few people and lots of place to ourselves. There is a short film to explain the castle and it's time in history. You... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can go with a tour guide or just read the boards. I dont think it needs a tour guide. There arent many things to see inside the castle just nice to take pictures. Many tourists during the weekend. He entry fee is 9 euros. If you are near by its good to give it a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

If you are into photography then La Cite is the perfect place for you. ideally very early morning is great as you can have the streets to yourself. Great shots can be got near the Narbonne gate along the ramparts. If you want a great shot over the vines of La Cite then from Carcassonne follow the canal du midi... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

This is a great day or two. The Citadel (Chateau) and the Ramparts are a great way to spend time enjoying the medieval building. It's good for kids but it's not a playground or kid-centric. Anyone with mobility difficulties should seek out specialist advice because I didn't see any adaptation. The site is on a hill but there is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Amazing walls and ramparts affording outstanding views of the town and countryside. Of course there a a lot of steps and climbing so this is not for the less agile. The scale and thickness o the walls and the number of actual towers was very impressive. I just wish that I was a ten year old again as my imagination... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Large queues at the ticket desk but worth it for the information learned from the self guided tour. Its difficult to take in all of this amazing place's history but its a must-see if you are in Carcassone

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

To see and understand the purpose of this great medieval city, spend a few euros (8.50 pp) and take your time around the castle and ramparts.If you are under 25 take your ID and its free! The history is also written in English and the views stunning. Kids will love it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

If you love castles or medieval history, this is a great place to visit. Strolling through the restored castle and ramparts is a lot of fun. Be sure to have good walking shoes on, because you'll be climbing a number of stairs. The town itself is cute if kind of cheesy. Lots of shops selling candy, trinkets and dried, candied... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

Integral part of medievil city. Adds to complete picture how it was centuries ago. But it is alive. Very charming and romantic.

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