Chateau of Vincennes

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Chateau of Vincennes
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Historic Sites • Castles
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Chateau de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau. After extensive restoration work, the Sainte-Chapelle at the Château de Vincennes has re-opened to the public and visitors can now fully admire its remarkable decorative ensemble. Started in 1379, and based on the model of the royal chapel in the Palais de la Cité in Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle at Vincennes realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. 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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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Bercy / Nation
Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to this calming neighborhood where real Parisians make their homes.
How to get there
  • Château de Vincennes • 3 min walk
  • Vincennes • 5 min walk
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Horea
Cluj-Napoca, Romania56 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Very nice place to visit. There is not so much to see but I would say that it is worth it. Generally you would spend about an hour or so. The castle is located in a less touristy area so there are barely any visitors compared to other attractions in Paris, making the place really quiet. It is very accessible by metro.
Written December 5, 2021
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VDS
Rome, Italy39 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We were happily surprised by this hidden jam just outside of Paris. The donjon was beautifully restored. Its famous prisoners, Louis XIV, Diderot, etc. make it even more worthwhile.
Written December 3, 2021
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1travelgal444
Arizona32 contributions
Jun 2021
PROS: Hidden gem! Definitely worth going to! Cool history and fun to walk around the fortress. Amazing church architecture!! This site has more history to offer than many other sites.
CONS: Distance from city center and the other sites, though still located on a metro line. Some parts of the site were closed due to renovation.
Overall: If you have at least 4 days in Paris, I would recommend going.
Written September 25, 2021
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Olivier B
Nogent-sur-Marne, France78 contributions
Jan 2020
This is an interesting visit because the place is historic, but it might be much more interesting with the help of virtual reality.
Written February 11, 2020
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Freedomsailors
5 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a great opportunity to spend a morning absorbing medieval history and up to the time Louis XIV moved to Versailles. This would be especially good for trips with kids, but my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about French history as epitomized by this site. The keep and its dungeon was established by Charles V as his residence and he started work on the Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes located adjacent to the chateau. Purchase admission tickets to both and wander around using the audio guide.

The site has been used by the military up to the present and thus has been configured differently from time to time as well as having suffered damage in WWII. However, the chateau and the chapel remain in the form started by Charles the V despite renovations over the centuries.

The Chateau is located exactly at the last station on the Metro Line 1 and we found a very good cafe nearby for lunch afterwards. Next time I would consider packing a lunch and touring the very large recreational park adjacent to the chateau.
Written February 3, 2020
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Miriam S
180 contributions
Dec 2019
Walking across the drawbridge was a walk into the past (but with modern bathrooms and electric lights). We climbed stone steps that have been worn down by countless feet, we studied walls painted by prisoners, and we peered out the windows of a king's study. The chapel is beautiful, with tall stained-glass windows. The courtyard was available for no charge, but we bought tickets so we could go into the chapel and castle, and these tickets were well worth buying. Dress for the weather!
Written January 3, 2020
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kbr88
London, UK217 contributions
Dec 2019
If you've visited all of the main highlights of Paris, you should visit Vincennes. It was the Royal Palace before Versailles was built. Huge amount of history dating back more than 500 years. No crowds so relatively easy to move around. The church is simple but impressive. Well worth a couple of hours with easy access on the metro--15 minutes from Rue de Rivoli
Written January 1, 2020
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan879 contributions
Aug 2019
Built in the 14th century. Its 52 meters high donjon tower is the tallest medieval fortified structure of Europe.

Though not as famous as other chateau around Paris, the Château de Vincennes long served as a residence for the kings of France, and was involved in some important wars, including Napoleonic Wars and WW II.

Another interesting historical event was its relationship with Marquis de Sade. The father of eroticism, Marquis de Sade (whose erotic writings gave rise to the term sadism and sadist ), was imprisoned in the cell number six of the donjon from 1777 to 1784. Now there is an exhibition of his letters and manuscripts.
Written December 14, 2019
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wagnjene
Danbury, CT65 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Sadly they were setting up for a special event so the grounds were covered in tents. Also conservation is being done on one of the buildings (that’s a good thing) but it made it confusing to see where you could go. The church was beautiful though. I’d recommend holding off going till the spring.
Written November 18, 2019
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kmpordagee
san diego272 contributions
Oct 2019
If you are visiting Paris, you are aware of the crowds everywhere. For a change of pace, ride metro line 1 to the end and check out the Chateau in Vincennes. We had the place to ourselves. There was a chapel, as well as a well preserved/restored medieval fortress. The self guided tour is interesting. It does not compare to Versailles for example, but has a rich history of its own. It's worth a visit. It is free with the Paris museum pass, and you can ride the metro to Vincennes with the Navigo pass.
Written October 30, 2019
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