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CHATEAU ET REMPARTS DE LA CITE DE CARCASSONNE
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Skip the Line: Carcassonne Castle and Ramparts Ticket
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Self-Guided 8-Hour City Tour from Toulouse to Carcassonne
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Carcassonne Sightseeing Tour
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Owner description: Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,600 years of history. See a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the fortified walls and the north ramparts; discover the museum of masonry and many other attractions. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> April to September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> October to March: from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. 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
Reviewed April 23, 2014

History given of the site.
The person in the ticket office did not tell us we could visit the Ramparts with the same ticket so we missed out on that after seeing the castle.

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Reviewed April 19, 2014

liked everything except cobbles! great atmosphere, varied dining lovely weather good for all the family

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Our visit coincided with a Fete Medievale, Cascarilh de Dame Carcas. The cite and ramparts were bought to life with knights in armour, lords, ladies, and children, blacksmiths, musicians and stall vendors in medieval dress. The festival atmosphere added another dimension to Carcassonne. Browsing on-line another such festival does not appear to be scheduled here in the near future, however visitors seeking a similar experience to coincide with their French travels will find there are many similar events in other French towns where costumes, jousting, and medieval activities are popular; dressing up in medieval costume with medieval activities is a popular activity around the country.
The old cite is bustling during the day, however surprisingly deserted at night, at this time most activity is centred around the restaurants.Enjoy a second visit at night. From the new town, cross and pause on the old bridge over the Aude River at twilight, just as the Cite becomes gradually floodlit (good photo opportunities). Then wander around the ramparts lit with atmospheric golden lights here and there, and areas of deep shadow…. magic. Move slowly around the rough paved rampart locations; as moving from lit areas into deeper shadow around the ramparts the eyes need to become accustomed to the change of light.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is the third time we've visited the Languedoc Roussillion region. Each time we've wanted to see the Carcassone Citadel but never found the time ... Until now. And I can't help feeling that our three hour round trip was a day wasted. Yes, the building itself is spectacular and there are wonderful views from the ramparts of the lower town centre, surrounding Corbiere vineyards and the snow capped Pyrennes. Yes, the outside of the Cite brings to mind medieval knights and archers and, dare I say, every Robin Hood movie ever made. But then you enter the city gates and it really is "Tat central"! How many ways can you fleece tourists? In Carcassone the possibilities are endless. We've previously visited other Unesco sites in the region. St Guilhelm Le Desert is delightful. The Cathar village of Minerve is hugely atmospheric. And the Cirque de Navecelles is jaw-droppingly awesome. But Carcassone left us cold. If you only have a short time in the region, there are infinitely more genuine, authentic places to visit. But if you do find yourself in Carcassone for a visit, bring a picnic (as we did) just to avoid feeding the tourism beast.

3  Thank DeisegirlWestLondon
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

The fortress and castle are interesting to see and the history is really interesting, including learning about the architect who restored it, Violet Le Duc. However, we were a little disappointed about the tour of the castle, they invest a bit more in it for such an amazing building and site. Most of the restaurants are tourist traps but we managed to find one with ok food.

2  Thank Belgiantraveller772
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