Rennes le chateau
Rennes le chateau
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TravelBugDW
Basingstoke, UK512 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
Quite a few years prior to the Da Vinci code I played a trilogy of PC games about a character called Gabriel Knight. The first set in New Orleans, second in Munich and third in Rennes Le Chateau. Ever since I have wanted to visit and in September did a south of France road trip to Andorra, Carcassone, Cathar castles, etc.. and Rennes le Chateau. The village itself is lovely and the museum and grounds are very good and reading the history of the village from a non fictional point of view is very interesting. Overall well worth the trip even if the road up when driving a left hand drive car can be a bit hairy.
Written January 9, 2015
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Tracy G
Dublin, Ireland21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
I went to Rennes Le Chateau with little or no expectations, other than some background to the mysteries and rumours gleaned from some google searches! It was a rainy day as we travelled up to the mountain to visit this little village. Due to rain, we paid €2 to park up at the village (two minutes from the church). However, if you were to walk it would probably be 5/10 minutes manageable walk.

We booked ourselves the guided tour from the gift shop for about €10 - this includes a tablet with a video and an audio which talks you around your visit of Rennes Le Chateau. Please note that you need to have ID to leave with the gift shop as security for tablet.

We would highly recommend this visit and this well structured self guided tour to learn more about the mysteries and life of Berenger Sauniere (but I guess we are a little partial to mysteries and theories!). For us, it made a different change to our tours of the Cathar castles (which were equally enjoyable).

Also, we were blessed to have the sun come out during our visit and the trip is worth it for the spectacular views alone of the countryside!

We also bought two books from the gift shop in english which gives further facts or pieces you might have missed during your tour. (c. €10) Not necessary to buy, but an interesting read if the tour has got you caught up in the details around the mysteries and you want to discover more after your tour.
Written July 28, 2017
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Nicki H
Harrogate, UK249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
I have a house about half an hour away from here and have visited a few times. Every time I love it just as much as the first!

You can park for a couple of euro at the top or walk from lower down - it's not far but steep if you're not particularly fit. The drive up is quite windy but not anything like as steep as some of the Cathar castles so don't be alarmed about getting to the top.

There are a few tourist shops, books full of mysteries about the place and a choice of really lovely restaurants and cafes so it's worth saving your appetite or dropping in for a drink to make the most of the views and the trip.

The museum is small but interesting and allows you into the courtyard garden and tower. It's entirely free to go into the fascinating church and attached garden and there are beautiful walks all around the area to take in the wonderful countryside so you don't have to spend a penny if you pack a picnic! Just be sure to take a good camera as the panoramic views are wonderful on a clear day.

It's a great place to plan walks if you're into that as the scenery is fantastic and there are some established routes.
Written March 29, 2018
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Neil W
Silsden, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This was my 5th visit. The place and its history still fascinates me and the recently updated entrance and shop are good. The little museum is excellent with suffice to detail not to overwhelm.

Such a shame that the church had been attacked by a religious fanatic (I’ll leave you to guess which) and the devils head had been completely smashed along with the altar piece. You sad and deluded lot.

Anyway, the whole experience is still magical and my mum (whose first visit this was) was enthralled and fascinated by the mystique and stories this place offers.

I remain and unfaltering atheist 😊
Written October 29, 2017
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Jonathan
Shropshire, UK56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
There is no mystery about Rennes le Chateau.

However, the rubbish - most of it American - and which inspired Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" - much of it concerning all manner of spurious claims made about Bérenger Saunière, parish priest here at the end of the nineteenth century and into the early years of the twentieth, have made this little village a place that people feel they must go and see.

Nonetheless, Rennes le Chateau is much like any other decaying hilltop village situated in this part of southwest France. And while the views from it are very impressive, don't waste your money on paying to go round the presbytery (house) which Saunière built for himself and his housekeeper. Apart from a handful of places in which to eat and stay, there are a couple of shops here selling arcane and esoteric books but principally their fare is tourist trash, pedalling the same old stories about the parish priest none of which have any foundation and long discredited. But for all the money being made out of the tourists (you have to pay to park in the village) none is being spent on the village toilets which were in a disgusting state. M. le maire should take note.
Written August 25, 2018
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Sharon K
Carcassonne Center, France54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
If you are interested in the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail and associated myths, legends, ideas and history, then, this is the place for you.
The church is amazing considering the size of the village. The museum is interesting and full of facts and also speculations that have been made in books.
The views are breathtaking and there is an excellent restaurant too. A good day out
Written October 28, 2017
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CaptainElsewhere
Suffolk, UK31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
The inscription over the church door at Rennes le Château reads "terribilis est locus iste" which can be translated either as 'this place is terrible' or 'this place is awesome'. That just about sums up the split in sentiment of visitors writing in the guest book in the small and rather uninspiring museum.

The is very little to see; the museum largely comprises text panels explaining the various hypotheses about the 19th century parish priest's sudden and unexplained wealth. But more interesting was the atmosphere of this curious French hamlet. The four of us found it unpleasant, uncomfortable, oppressive and, candidly, unexpected.

If you have a passing interest or more in the mystery allegedly concealed by Sauniere at Rennes Le Chateau, make the detour to visit it. Otherwise I think there are better things to do with your day!
Written April 13, 2017
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GerryKent
Tonbridge, UK424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
On a trip to Carcassonne, took a day out to find this place, travelling by train and bus and taxi got us here to be absolutely amazed at the whole situation.
You would only go here if you have been interested in the villages strange history and its mention in several "DaVinci" type books. How a local priest managed to build himself a wonderful house overlooking magnificent scenery defies understanding--where did the money come from?-a question that will never be answered.
Although off the tourist path, this place really deserves visiting.
Written May 5, 2014
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cocotravels1002
Lakewood, CO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
I did not read reviews or do my research before going to this amazing location. It is beautiful and peaceful, and the history of the area is fascinating. I highly recommend using a guide if you go. We worked with Jaap Remeijer who knows the area and sites very well. He also really knows how to plan a tour based on the requests of his clients. We saw so much in one day, but could have probably filled two weeks seeing locations of historical significance. We never felt rushed and were truly embraced by the people we met there. We had only a few days on this trip, but I will go back for a longer stay in the future. We stayed at Les Labadous, which is and will remain a sacred place for me. I highly recommend it.
Written April 20, 2014
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Shipsagent
Leeds21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
Just a fantastic location with 360 degree panoramic views of the Pyrenees and the hills of the Aude. The construction of Father Saunière' little demesne is probably more interesting for the truth than the fairy tales but he has left a spectacular set of buildings to admire the views. Again it was a sunny November day and very quiet in the museum and grounds which I'm sure help. But don't avoid the village or the museum/ presbytery out of distaste of the ludicrous stories. Delve into the place and the sad and rather moving story of a country priest who likely fell in love and retuned to a medieval practice of getting money by fair means and foul to render his isolation liveable.
Written November 8, 2013
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