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    Rendez-vous at the Château of Pierrefonds

    A perfect, dream-like castle

    Dating back to the 15th century, the Château 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 châteaux 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.

    2012: the château will be temporary closed.

    Reception

    Subject to modification.

    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.

    Accessibility

    • Number of floors visited during the tour: 1

    Tours

    • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet:

    French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian

    • Audio-guide tour:

    French, English, German, Spanish

    • Guided tour:

    French - Reservations: 1 month

    Duration: 1 hr

    • Lecture tour:

    French, English, German, Spanish

    • Not to be missed:

    The “bal des gisants” (tomb statuary) exhibition offersa magical discovery-tour in the castle cellars.

    • Prestigious visit outside standard opening hours:

    Reservation required

    Facilities

    • Lavatories
    • Gift shop
    • Possibility of round-trip on a special visitors' train from 1st March to 31st October.
    • 2 places reserved
    • Parking for coaches 1 km (old station)
    • Function room rental the chapel, the kitchens, the “Salle des Gardes” (50 to 300 people), the “Salle des Preuses”, outdoor areas. 

    Rates

    • Adults: 7,50 €
    • Concessions: 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
    • Extra charge: Audio-guide
    • Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people): 6 €

    Access

    • On the main Paris/Lille road80 km from Paris.
    • From Reims: exit 8 via RN31 Compiègne to D335
    • From Rouen: exit 2 via RN31 to Compiègne then D973
    • From Paris: A1 motorway exit n°9 then D200, Compiègne then D973, Pierrefonds
    • From Lille: A1 motorway exit n°11

    Contact

    Château de Pierrefonds
    rue Viollet-le-Duc
    60350 Pierrefonds
    Tel.: (33) (0)3 44 42 72 72 - Fax: (33) (0)3 44 42 36 59

 
 
    tagged as : Culture & Heritage, Metropolitan France, 60-Oise, Picardy, Castle - Château