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“Charm & Beauty: This Rebuilt Castle has it all..”

Chateau de Pierrefonds
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Owner description: Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century to transform it into an imperial residence for Napoleon III. The chateaux often seems to have been specially built for a swashbuckling film with its richly varied painted and sculpted decors, its defensive system and drawbridge, walkways and drop-boxes, not to forget the two reconstructions of medieval siege engines. Open:> 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> Mondays from 5th September to 30th April.> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; 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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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Chateau de Peirrefonds has it all: it's utterly charming, with a fairy-tale appeal, and it's stunning beautiful with all the detailed work done around the castle. And it is a truly unique and memorable castle.

It's such a special castle that it's even been featured in a television show!

Definitely take the time to tour the castle. There are little nooks and crannies that hold some really interesting sites. The amount of detail present in this castle, especially the architecture (though not the furnishings) surpasses what my expectations were in visiting.

Don't miss the crypt. This was a really interesting element of the castle with some pretty colors and collection of crypt like stones. The chapel was also one of my favorite parts because of the architecture within.

The only disappointment is that much of the reconstructive work is done in plaster rather than original materials and you can see some this clearly in some places (such as the statues within the chapel).

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

You need to plan your journey carefully if you are coming to this castle by public transport as the bus from Compiegne only goes a few times a day and the crucial early afternoon return journey does not run at all in school holidays but it is worth the effort as the view entering the village is simply magnificent - a real sleeping beauty fairy-tale castle towering over the village square. There is a climb up to the entrance that takes you round the back with good views over the village. The entrance is especially impressive. I was disappointed that part of the interior was shut for repair but there was a large hall to see and a walk round the inside of the walls. While in the area the village is pleasant with a lake and boats, a few shops and a small but interesting church just up the hill which is worth the effort of walking up to it.

4  Thank David F
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Like a scene from a movie. In fact TV show Merlin was filmed here.
We ate in a creperie down in the town which was fabulous, just wish I could remember its name to recommend it.

1  Thank Mitchy2009
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

it took us a little over an hour to drive to the castle from paris. It was worth it. As we drove up, the kids looked out the window and all said "WOOOOOWWWW! Considering we live in France and have seen many castles in Europe that means something when the kids are wowed by the scenery. The castle seems like it is straight out of a fairytale.

Cost: 6 Euros per adult. Kids are free under 18.
The best parts were the grand salle and the basement crypt. The castle is mainly bare of any decorations and furniture but it did house some nice statues and suit of armour.

It took us about 1,5 hours to walk through the whole castle.
We also went to the gift shop which had some really nice high end and unique gifts, from books, t-shirts, to merlin figurines and so much more.

The castle is open in the morning but then was closed between 12 and 2. So make sure you don't go when the castle is closed for lunch. if it is closed no problem. The small town is so beautiful and picturesque. Lots of little restaurants to eat at. Charming ones.

I highly recommend going to see the castle, not only for the castle itself but for the amazing scenery on the drive to the castle.

4  Thank Annie A
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Having visited Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, England, where Merlin's outdoor scenes are shot we were thrilled to find the castle where it was filmed. This really is a beautiful place and extremely reasonable as at 3.30pm we paid only 6euros per adult and the children (under 18) were free. So much of the castle is familiar from the TV programme and that helped us to enjoy an incredible castle even more. Look out for the quirky double staircase which is intriguing. The model of the castle is awesome. A visit to the crypt is unusual. Eerie soundtrack and atmospheric lighting of the numerous tombs. It is a photographers paradise.The village below is lovely too with a boating lake - half hour hire of a pedalo for 4 people was 14euros -and numerous restaurants.Not forgetting its a great place for ice-creams.1euro 80 per scoop of delicious flavours.

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