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“Well worth the visit”

Carcassonne Medieval City
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Medieval Cité of Carcassonne Guided Tour for 2 Hours
Ranked #1 of 70 things to do in Carcassonne
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

We decided to stop at Carcassonne on our way from Lourdes to our next stop. Leave at least 4 hours if you want to take the Self guided tour as explained in Rich Steve's book. There is so much history in these old towns and wish we hade time to make a longer visit.

Visited September 2013
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“Too many tourists.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We remember visiting Carcassonne in the 1970's - almost no tourists, and definitely no shops selling tourist items. It was wonderful. Well, now it is packed with tourists. Luckily most are day-trippers and leave before dinner, or shortly thereafter. So in the evening the city is delightful. Remember, it is no more than a ten-minute walk from one end to the other. I wish they would move all of the tourist shops outside the walls.

Visited September 2013
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London, UK
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“Simply stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

The medieval city of Carcassonne is fabulous, narrow winding streets towering ramparts and a beautiful church. A motorised train will take you on a tour around of the external walls of the city, with a detailed commentary on the periods involved in the building of this wonderful place. A horse drawn wagon seating about 10 will take around the inner (jousts) between the two walls guarding the city, the rest you will need to do on foot. A fabulous day out,

Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Truly Magical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

O.M.G! What an amazing town. Full of history and definitely worth a day trip. One of my favorite places so far on my vacation! Really a magical place.

Visited September 2013
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Pau, France
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“A day in Carcassonne.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

I have seen many pictures of Carcassonne but there is nothing like seeing the real thing. I visited in September with friends. Although it was very busy I am sure it was not as busy as it would have been in July and August and not so hot. First we went to the Medieval City in the evening and looked around the outside and outer ramparts, very tempted to enter the impressive entrance but wanted to save that for the following day. The Medieval city was approached from the river where it was easier to get a perspective on how big the ramparts are and a great position from which to take photos. Before returning to the hotel we drove away from Carcassonne to locate another brilliant view from which to take photos. The following day we entered the city (no entry charge) and was amazed by the streets, shops, theatre, church, pretty squares and restaurants. We spent the morning wandering the streets and after lunch entered the Chateau within the walls and spent more than 3 hours viewing and walking along the inner ramparts and through the numerous towers (entry only from within the Chateau Grounds). The cost was 8.50 euro each and was well worth it. There is an introductory film and information all around the chateau. We decided to pay the extra 3.00 euro per person for the audio guide which was very informative, even if we looked like we were permanently on old fashioned mobile phones !

I would advise giving yourself a full day, so you can take your time, stop for coffee, enjoy wandering the streets and shops, have lunch and visit the chateau and ramparts or start early afternoon with the chateau, then the streets & shops and stay in the medieval city for evening meal.

If you see a large group coming through the chateau, get ahead of them or hang back so you can take in the beautiful surroundings without a crowd and the noise.

Visited September 2013
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