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Chateau of Vincennes
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Owner description: The Chateau de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau. After extensive restoration work, the Sainte-Chapelle at the Château de Vincennes has re-opened to the public and visitors can now fully admire its remarkable decorative ensemble. Started in 1379, and based on the model of the royal chapel in the Palais de la Cité in Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle at Vincennes realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.15 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. 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 June 22, 2014 via mobile

If you're looking for opulence, this is not the place. If you're looking for what most people have in mind of what a medieval castle would look like, this is it! From the moat surrounding the fortress walls, to the draw bridge, to the highest keep, this is phenomenal! My husband, 12 year old son and I were in awe. There were absolutely NO crowds on a Saturday afternoon which we found unbelievable. We were more impressed with the Sainte Chapelle here than in Paris. It was lighter and brighter and you have a full view of the lovely exterior. The interior of the castle is not furnished or redone, just stone walls, but still perfect and right in line with it's history as a fortress and later a prison. All in all one of our favorite sites (more than Versailles with it's ridiculous crowds and over the top opulence).

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Reviewed June 10, 2014

This castle is in the east side of Paris and you can go with RER. The building is authentic (partially restored) from middle age. The price is expensive for the visit, it's 8.5€ and includes the church. It's expensive because the castle is completely empty inside and it's not so nice. When we went, there were many restoration works so we couldn't visit everything. Audioguide is not included in price, it's 4.5€ more. I recommend to take a picture of the outside and after go to the forest to enjoy a quiet walk.

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

I took my daughter to Paris for the first time, and she wanted to see a "real" castle. This definitely fit the bill. Thanks to other Trip Advisor reviewers for excellent directions - it was easily accessible by RER. As others have noted, it's not furnished, so if you're looking for opulence, go to Versailles. We enjoyed a pleasant rainy day stroll around the castle and grounds, and there were not very many people there other than school children. It's definitely a nice place to take a break from tourist crowds in Paris. Warning; I found out the hard way that the castle, chapel and site office/gift shop do not all close at the same time, as logic would dictate. I had a bit of difficulty recovering my driver's license, which I had left in the office when we rented audio guides. The staff, although quite pleasant when we arrived, were less than graceful when I retrieved my license and dropped off the audio guides. Pay close attention to the posted times.

Thank Andrea E
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Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Vincennes is one of the best historic sites in the world for castles. The buildings date back to the one hundred years which is incredible. Being American it is absurd to think of a historic site being so old. Vincennes should definitely be visited by those visiting the area. It is incredible to think that such great architecture could be produced a long time ago.

Thank Kenny S
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

The military library was worth the entrance price and prepare to spend hours on the grounds. Lots of history - kings and murder and armies and hunting and Nazis and prisoners (the graffiti in the dungeon from the early 1600's gave me chills) and the castle and chapel and gardens. See it your last full day

1  Thank Michael W
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