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“Fantastic site, wear good shoes!”

Chateau de Peyrepertuse
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you have any sort of interest or love of history this is a must see. Give yourself plenty of time. Access from parking is a 15-20 minute hike but it is quite steep in places, narrow with a lot of uneven steps. Not stroller, wheelchair or disabled friendly by any stretch. Depending on your fitness or health levels you may need to stop a fair few times and catch your breath. Wear good shoes with rubber soles and good tread. The reason is the rocks are well worn, especially in the ruins and they can be exceedingly slippery. As a result the trip up is actually easier then down.

Kids seem to have a great time as they can use up all their spare energy and explore as well. There are not many safety barriers so you will need to keep an eye on the children.

There are two parts to the ruins make sure you see both. You can hire an audio tour but it is a stick thing that you have to hold up to your ear which we found really annoying as it meant you had to hold one hand up all the time which is hard when you are photographing and trying to hold on to things to not slip etc... The format was difficult to listen to and the heavy French accent coupled with the poor speaker made it hard to understand so we gave up. There was no decent written guide to take which was disappointing. Even so it is a wonderful site to explore and climb over/through. There are some good on line sites so I recommend having a bit of read before heading out. It made it much more enjoyable for us having some knowledge behind us. There is a hand out with a map that tells you where you are but not much more.

Views are breathtaking and this is a must see historical site if you are in the district. Weekdays are far less busy than weekends. My family who live local suggest to keep clear on long weekends.

Enjoy! You won't be disappointed.

No toilets food or water on site once you leave e ticket office.

2  Thank Anna F
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

The drive to this castle was beautiful with some very windy roads. The car park is a good 10 minute hike away from the castle and as other reviews have said, take decent shoes. I was unaware of the climb to this castle and ended up doing it in flip flops which was a struggle at times. The hike is pretty easy in proper footwear and very magical, winding through paths in the trees to the castle.
The views are breathtaking and the admission fee is worth every penny - I would go back again.
It's a must see!

Thank Zohoho
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

Not to be missed. The ruins are impressive, even seen from a distance from the plains below. If you are able to walk well without a cane or walker or wheelchair, you should be able to visit. However, you may be out of breath, so stop frequently.
Suitable shoes are necessary. I saw a few people in sandals who were in misery. The face of the woman I saw wearing heels was pure agony but, in her defense, she WAS coming down at that point. (Hmmn, I do not know how far she made it.) This is not a challenge or a debate: if you wear flipflops everywhere you go and that's what you have, then, by all means, go. But, when the signs say that suitable footwear is necessary... consider yourself warned.
It's a strenuous walk; there are uneven stone steps and damp paths and strewn boulders. (if you are an able hiker, it won't seem strenuous... so take that with a grain of salt) The walk is worth whatever it takes you to get there. But remember that you also must come down the same way. (going down is often harder than going up) We had the great fortune to be accompanied the whole time by a bell-wearing goat!
The views even halfway up are wildly spectacular and, if you choose to climb the daunting steps to the right hand keep, the views are crazy gorgeous! Look at everybody's photos, all phenomenal, and none of them really capture the elation and romance of the experience.
Every time I read someone else's review recommending a guidebook or notes or research, I want to hug them. Knowing the history greatly contributes to understanding and enjoying these ancient sites although here, even the outrageous vistas are quite the payoff!

Thank bravo-cinzia
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

Nice castle with spectacular view.

There is a short hike (10 minutes), but it's well worth getting on the top.

Thank Mihaela_Canja
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

What can I say, this Chateau was definitely worth the visit. We did Queribus and Peyrepertuse on the same day. We had a delightful lunch at a restaurant just before Peyrepertuse in Auberge called Mon Grain de Sel. That also was worth a stop. And we never tired of the Cathar stories.

Thank OngoingVoyages
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