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Review of Carcassonne Medieval City

Carcassonne Medieval City
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Medieval Cité of Carcassonne Guided Tour for 2 Hours
Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Carcassonne
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Stockton, New Jersey
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“Surprisingly the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

A photographers dream, an unspoilt way to connect to the historic past. Bring your camera and wander the city walls on, in , through, and below to capture the essence of medieval France at its best. An escape from the over-touristy city, it restores your sense of magic.

Visited June 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic example of medievel walled city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Well worth a visit to this amazing medieval walled city and it's intriguing history. It's quite a tourist attraction so expect throngs of people and heavily inflated prices in the numerous restaurants and shops. A few of the restaurants are good, but you'll need to look hard to find them tucked away.

Visited July 2013
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Carcassonne, France
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“Very beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Cite of Carcassonne is a must for any visitor to the region, unfortunately, and the reason for only 4 stars, every visitor to the region is there every day in the summer and all you can get a feel for inside, are the souvenir shops, which is a great pity as it is both beautiful and interesting. The Basilica is well worth going into and the museum, which shows the instruments of torture is more impressive because it only shows them leaving the rest to your imagination, which is much worse!

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Medieval Camelot and Disney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

If you are a fan of Disneyland and Camelot,this walled city will have you in Romanesque throes. Its a 13th century fortress-city with all the bits tacked on.... towers,turrets,cobblestones and far too many day-trippers.
You now have to run the gauntlet of tacky temptations, as you saunter past the main street shops. Here's a tip : leave shopping for souvenirs till the exit phase,when you are tired.
Best to visit ,when the drawbridge opens,before the 100 or so tourist buses arrive.....or come in the late afternoon.
Medieval to the max,its a perfect castle to fire up your imagination...... bold knights,fair maidens and troubadours play their roles,all against the background of the majestic Pyrenees
The allusive charm of the city emerges with evening,when the hords depart and the floodlights bathe the ancient monuments.
We came from Toulouse by train,walked through the town and were gobsmacked by the impressive sight of the city perched on a rocky hilltop.......and the fortifications,walls and ramparts. Check out the Chateau Comtal,a 12th century fortress for a climb onto the city's inner ramparts and spiky turrets.. Inside, you'll find exhibitions that showcase archaeological remains discovered on-site plus a very interesting explanation of the restoration. All in French,of course.
The other major attraction,besides the restaurants and the Hotel de la Cite,is the Basilique-st-Nazaire. The views over the Langedoc are amazing.
So live out the childhood fantasy but remember this place gets 4 million visitors each year!!. Bon chance.

Visited August 2012
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Eeklo, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Nice, but a Tourist Trap”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Nice destination, but very crowded during the summer months, unless you visit it early in the morning. I recommend going there before 10AM. If your timing is more flexible, I guess the best months to enjoy this city are June and September. Access to the City by car is impossible (even trying to get on one of the car parks from the new town is horrible (if you follow the detour, they make you drive around for about 10km)

Visited July 2013
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