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Chateau de Pierrefonds

rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
+33 3 44 42 72 72
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Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century to transform it into an imperial residence for Napoleon III. The chateaux often seems to have been specially built for a swashbuckling film with its richly varied painted and sculpted decors, its defensive system and drawbridge, walkways and drop-boxes, not to forget the two reconstructions of medieval siege engines. Open: > 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays from 5th September to 30th April. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; 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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“gift shop” (17 reviews)
“amazing castle” (13 reviews)
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rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
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+33 3 44 42 72 72
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"fairy tale castle"
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"gift shop"
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"amazing castle"
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"per adult"
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"napoleon iii"
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"middle ages"
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"few hours"
in 11 reviews
"tv series"
in 24 reviews
"entrance fee"
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"interesting history"
in 5 reviews
"viollet le duc"
in 15 reviews
"well worth the visit"
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"boating lake"
in 8 reviews
"steep walk"
in 7 reviews
"lovely village"
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"merlin"
in 139 reviews
"rooms"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A few years ago, we watched the English series Merlin and thought the castle was amazing. Then we discovered that it had been shot at Pierrefonds and had the occasion to visit it this summer. It's indeed a fascinating place that is a mix between...More

Thank Laurence_Brussels
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great castle to see, very quick and easy to take in....no 2 hour rush hour drive into Paris, no long lines and still very cool visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best Chateau we've been to with the kids. We have a 2 and a 1 year old. We took a back carrier for the 1 year old, having tried chateaux before and encountered the stairs with a buggy... The great thing about this place is...More

Thank David S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful chateau, but a bit disappointing to know that it was in ruins and almost completely rebuilt by Violet le Duc. Long walk around the chateau to get to the entrance. It takes about 2 hours to walk thru the entire chateau....More

Thank yupoarist
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Pierrefonds was a formidable castle for many centuries until it was captured and partly destroyed. Eventually Napoleon III decided to rebuild it with the intention of living there and employed renowned architect Violet Le Duc to undertake the project. The result is remarkable incorporating every...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2018

To see the courtyard and interior of this fairytale chateau brought back memories of the TV series 'Merlin' . It was interesting to see all the interior of the chateau as a circular route took one through many rooms and lots of stairs. The cellar...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

This chateau is a must see if you are in the area. It is both gorgeous from the outside and the inside. I find that a lot of castles are just interesting from the outside, often the inside is dark, damp and empty. This particular...More

Thank Yana P
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

The castle itself is impressive and complete, despite being a "reproduction". The interior however is fairly lame. Not much to it, and most of the major areas are closed off. Would be a lot more impressive it were decorated as a castle, similar to what's...More

Thank Matt B
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

The chateau closes between 1-2, luckily we realised before the walk up to the front door. When it did open at 2 pm it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, yes it lacks a little character having never been lived in, however...More

Thank cherrygem008
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

This castle was rebuilt/built inXIX century. You just have to imagine how beautiful was the original one. You can take audio guide. Still worth to visit.

Thank Mark D
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Isadora H
11 December 2017|
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Response from Carolyn M | Reviewed this property |
From Compiègne train station, take bus N° 27/28. Check with bus company or tourist office for times.
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wendycryle
1 May 2016|
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Response from heather b | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we did the route in reverse as we were in Pierrefonds and then went into Paris. When we went from Pierrefonds to Paris we got a train from Compiegne into Paris to the Gard du Nord station. There is a bus that goes from... More
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