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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 (Picardy) 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.

    Tour

    • 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

    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
    Email: pierrefonds@monuments-nationaux.fr 

 
 

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