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“Nice stop between Paris and Disneyland” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau of Vincennes

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
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“Nice stop between Paris and Disneyland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

My family had an extended stay at a Disney hotel, so this chateau was relatively close by and accessible with public transport and just a bit of walking. Although not as elaborate as other sites in France, I found it scenic. You can walk the grounds for free but entrance to the chapel and donjon require a small fee. The chapel, while architecturally pleasing, was pretty bare inside but had some interesting history. The donjon offered more of an experience, climbing spiral stair cases and exploring various rooms. Printed matter within many of the rooms helped me imagine what it was like long ago. There were many other buildings throughout the chateau property, but these were not available for tour, not for a common tourist as myself anyhow. Nevertheless, you could still spend a good 2-3 hours here.

Visited March 2014
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“Good Day Trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Chateau and Parc Floral make a good day trip from Paris if you have the time. Vincennes is a beautiful city that is a treat to walk. The metro (believe it is line 1) dead ends in front of the Chateau and the Parc Floral is nearby. The Chateau is a bit expensive (especially if you get audio guides) but the entry fee is covered under the Museum Pass if you choose to purchase one.

Visited May 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

This castle is amazing and we had a great day in Vincennes during our trip to Paris. It was December so the weather was colder but Vincennes was full of Christmas markets etc. I recommend visiting this place!

Visited December 2013
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“Why is this not more popular? ”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“Nice exterior view of the castle and forest but empty inside”
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2014
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