Chateau de Caen

Chateau de Caen

Chateau de Caen
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,593 contributions
climb the hill
Jul 2020
the hill is not high, but large, and hosts the Museum of Modern Art, but also old fortifications and ruins, among them the former Castle of Caen. a nice place to wonder around and spend some time.
Written August 3, 2020
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Stephen H
Brussels, Belgium442 contributions
Great Location and Activities
Jul 2020
Nice, large castle down-town. Lots to do in the walls, and well maintained. Could have spent hours there.
Written July 26, 2020
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David H
3 contributions
Nice day out
Feb 2020 • Family
Good day looking around the museum was interesting and all had a good day exploring the exhibits. Most for them were also explained in English but not all.

Written February 19, 2020
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal17,395 contributions
Sightseeing in France,
Aug 2019
We stopped with the coach for a short visit of the “Catle of Caen” whis is a castle located in the French city of Caen, in the department of Calvados (Normandy). It has been officially classified as a Historical Monument of France since the year 1886. The Château de Caen was built on a small elevation and is now in the middle of the city of Caen. With his area of ​​5.5 hectares, it is one of the largest castles in Western Europe. It retains the essential characteristics of the strategy and policy of the Norman Dynasty. The now-ruined keep had a large square section with round towers at every angle. Like the castle, it was also surrounded by a moat. The top of the walls offers a splendid view of Caen. Some parts of the ramparts were built during the twelfth century, although most of them date from the fifteenth century. The castle has two doors: porte sur la ville (door to the city) and porte des champs (door to the fields); both are reinforced by barbicanes. On the day of our visit several location in the castle were closed, but we enjoyed enyhow our visit, just do not expect to find a medieval castle.
Written October 29, 2019
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CCR_GR
London, UK105 contributions
Very Impressive Medieval Castle
Sep 2019 • Couples
Hadn't realised how imposing and impressive this castle is. Approached it from the west having visited the Abbeye de Hommes and walking under the walls, looking up, gives you a real insight to what a task over the years it must have been to build.

A walk up at the front and into the castle gives you some very good views of the city.

Written October 27, 2019
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Bubbles73uk
Weedon Bec, UK708 contributions
Worth a visit if in Caen
Sep 2019
The ducal castle was built in about 1060 by William the Conqueror and became the favourite residence of the Norman dukes and kings of England, who helped make it one of the biggest fortified residences in Europe.
It is free to enter and you can walk in the footsteps of William the Conquerer and see the ramparts, the Porte des Champs, the remains of the main castle keep, the Exchequer room and the beautiful old parish church of Saint George's which has become an information centre, gift shop and reception area for the castle and the Fine Arts and the Normandy museums you will find in the grounds (there is a charge to enter the museums).
It is important to note that the castle was damaged heavily during WWII and has only been partially restored, but it has new viewpoints looking out over the city from the restored ramparts and there are walkways so you can stroll around the ruins.
You will need at least a half day to see everything if you plan to also visit the museums.
Written October 6, 2019
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815addiel
Kootwijkerbroek, The Netherlands95 contributions
Great old castle. Lot of fundaments are visible.
Aug 2019
Large castle. It is fully visible how large it was and how it functioned. Interesting information.
Free parking. Especially to hear about the story of Guillaume le Conquerant.
Written October 5, 2019
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Sue77777
United Kingdom155 contributions
Excellent views and great to walk around
Aug 2019
Fabulous view from the castle. Free to walk and roam around the walls and church . Great exhibition currently on re how the Germans tried to take all the statues for melting to make weapons etc. Really informative. Free to walk round but s separate fee paying Art museum within

Nice restaurant within the compound too offering competitive priced hot drinks. Really great place

Just a word of cations the walls are low and the drops huge below, hold on to kids , often no protective railings we would have in the UK
Written September 2, 2019
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Gary S
Sutton Coldfield499 contributions
Chateau Ducal Caen
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is the largest fortified Castle in France and is certainly impressive. You could easliy spend 3 to 4 hours walking around the castle and the different ramparts. It is free to enter the castle and a charge to enter the museums. The George Church is also worth a visit in the grounds and there is a Cafe to sit and relax with a drink. Regards Gary Saunders
Written August 5, 2019
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,984 contributions
Grand castle with still one 11th century building and 13th century wall
Jul 2019 • Couples
This was already a defended area before William the conqueror decided to build his palace here and make it a castle. The palace of William no longer exists, but there is one building, used for justice and treasury that still stands from that time. It has minimal decorations, and inside there are small temporary exhibitions. The walls and donjons are from the 13th century, both entrances survive decently intact, but the donjon can only be seen in outline. One can climb on a small part of the remaining wall for great views of the city. In the tourist info and ticket office they have a very good animation about the building and rebuilding and use throughout its history. As it was till at least the 19th century a military base.
Written August 2, 2019
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