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“Just OK”
Review of Palais de l'Ile

Palais de l'Ile
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Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
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Day Trip to Geneva and Annecy from Chamonix
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

I visited this as part of a dual ticket with the chateau (6.60 Euro; I believe it is about 3.50 Euro alone). It was OK. It was neat to see the conditions that prisoners experienced. However, as others have mentioned, there is an odd mix of history and artwork -- when I was there they were displaying a set of skateboards with various paintings on them. They were rather interesting, but seemed odd in an old prison. This was similar to the chateau -- rather than focus on the interesting history of the place, they made it yet another art museum. However, it is a very quick visit (you probably only need 30 minutes) and is relatively cheap, so it's probably worth taking a few minutes to check out.

Thank Jonathon H
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

It looks very good from outside and no wonder is one of the most photographed monuments in France.
Not worth visiting the inside.
- The Maps given along with ticket are terrible. Very hard to match them with the location pointers inside the building.
- Its all in French. Whatever limited descriptions are there are in French. So if you dont understand French- you are lost inside with poor map and no descriptions.
- They have converted some rooms to modern art musuems - which doesnt make sense.
- I think POOR ORIENTATION due to bad maps and POOR Description was reason i dont think this monuments lives up to the expecation.

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Reviewed March 29, 2012

It can be seen very in less than an hour, and can bring you to experience what cell inmates had to undertake at those harsh times.

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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Well worth a visit. We had our own tour guide which helped but great fun too. We had a group of 16-18 year old boys who also enjoyed it.

Thank SheilaBe123
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

The entry fee was only 3.50euro and we were given a small map in English to find our way around. The exhibits looked quite interesting but as we don't speak French it was lost on us.. There are many English speaking tourists in Annecy so it would be worth their effort to do this.. Such a shame as it's a major tourist attraction for them...

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