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Chateau de Fontainebleau

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Address: Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300, Fontainebleau, France
Phone Number:
+33 1 60 71 50 70
09:30 - 17:00
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Wed - Mon 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled...

This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled the old château during his stays there from 1807 to 1809.

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I favor this castle over Versailles cuz much less crowd and more content and the audio guide is much more informative too. Not much of a garden though.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Yuki Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I favor this castle over Versailles cuz much less crowd and more content and the audio guide is much more informative too. Not much of a garden though.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading the Josephine B Trilogy I put the Chateau on my bucket list. I am pleased to report I was not disappointed. The grandeur of this Chateau was breathtaking. Unfortunately the apartments were not opened during our visit. I have 100's of pictures and am so thankful I made the trip.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place but I disagree with reviews that say it outshines Versailles. This was an easy train ride from Paris of about 45 min, and then a 10 min bus ride to the chateau, the entrance of which was somewhat poorly sign posted. Once inside, you need the audio/visual guide to really appreciate the palace and to understand the history... More 

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Main Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This castle is situated in town. Or the town was buit around it. Very beautiful with exquisite gardens designed by Le Notre as Versailles. Worth doing it with a horse a d cart or with the little train to save time. Only about 100 rooms are available to be seen with hundreds more not available as they would need renovation.... More 

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Oxford, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a mind blowing trip to Versailles, today we decided to navigate our way from Paris to Fontainebleau to visit the Chateau. After checking out their website and watching their You Tube video we were convinced. Talk about totally disappointed. The Chateau was very dark and tired. Feels like it needs a really good clean inside and out. Why weren't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not as hard hit at Versailles in the revolution, the interiors and furnishing of Fontainbleau rival if not surpass those of Versailles. The Napoleon wing has the sword he wore at his coronation and other amazing artifacts. The entire tour was wonderful. Get the audio guide.

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Lieusaint, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We visited several times Château de Fontainebleau thanks to various visits from friends or relatives, but always with joy and great pleasure. Castle is perfect preserved, surprising visitors with the architectural richness, beautiful paintings and tapestries. Gardens are beautiful and for sure your will not regret any second you spend there.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

As good as Versailles, with less tourists! This palace is HUGE but we can only tour a tiny portion of it, so keep that in mind when visiting. About 90min away from Paris. €15 entrance fee. Definitely recommended!

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I loved it. It took us 2 hours to visit the castle. In winter it is very cold (couldn't take my winter jacket off inside). The audioguide is a good idea. It was amazing. Recommended!!! You have to take the transilien (not sure how to write it) from Gare de Lyon (make sure you ask where to take these trains... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The first thing which was noticeable at Fontainebleau was the poor signage and directions - it took a while to work out how to get in and where we should park! Unfortunately this continued inside - we didn't have an audio guide as we were supervising children, but this made it difficult to know what we were looking at- some... More 

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