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Chateau of Vincennes

Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
+33 1 43 28 15 48
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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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Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
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+33 1 43 28 15 48
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and historical site with a beautifully restored castle and a recently renovated keep. There is also a beautiful chapel on the site as well as other interesting building s.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a quick visit. Entrance price includes ticket to the castle and also the church. Interesting without being worth a detour.

Thank sdmmb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great royal dungeon for about 200 years and then a prison for 300 years. Lots of history in this very well preserved (restored) castle. Easy to reach from central Paris (metro 1). Only about 7 km from the center. Great guided tour to go to...More

Thank Eric D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If it hadn't been for our taxi driver a year earlier when visiting Paris, we would probably never have known about this castle, let alone have visited. But it was the cab driver on our last day in Paris, who recommended it to us as...More

Thank RWietlisbach
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chapel is amazing and it's worth the 9 Euro to have a peek inside both the Chapel & the Keep. Very significant medieval castle in the history of France. We stayed in Vincennes & spent one day on this, incl. lunch.

Thank 987theresav
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I really recommend you visit the Chateau Vincennes. It's a very easy trip on the Metro (last stop on the yellow line, east) and is almost deserted. The Twelfth Arrondisment (sp?) is quiet, with good shopping and some great bistros. The Chateau is a two...More

Thank MagneticCommand
Reviewed 1 October 2017

The Château de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal fortress in the town of Vincennes, to the east of Paris, and it takes about 30 – 40 mins by subway to get there. We were both surprised when we arrived to...More

Thank Adelaide_girl_SA
Reviewed 22 September 2017

If you want to see a real chateau, but can't make it down to the Loire Valley...then come to Vincennes. It is a reconstruction but faithfully done to plan. It allows you to see how the rich lived in the 1300s & provides insight into...More

1  Thank Ellen's T
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Ok, so it may be a little off the beaten track but please don't overlook this fantastic piece of important and beautiful French history. This is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of France. I am not going to give...More

Thank Tarerk Tara D
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

After many visits to Paris, I was as surprised as any one to find a castle/fortress that spans centuries of French history at the end of Metro 1. The structure itself is impressive but the decor sparse and the narration throughout is limited. Would recommend...More

1  Thank ShelKB
Bercy / Nation
Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise
lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and
impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small
parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy
Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois
de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on
its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to
this calming neighbourhood where real Parisians make
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sergio v
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Response from Guilherme C | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the full price, as I haven't paid for that, but if you're up to 25 or 26 (not sure) the entrance was free...