Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne Center

4.5
Must see · World heritage site · Neighborhood · Historic Walking Area
Cité de Carcassonne, a fully restored, fortified French town dates back more than 2,000 years. This site is widely considered one of the best examples of a well-preserved medieval city with heavy fortifications. A classic fortress on a high peak features architectural influences from the Romans, fifth-century Visigoths, and later occupants. You can explore two rings of fortified walls with battlements, conical towers, bridges, stone streets, and medieval buildings. A famous Gothic cathedral with carved stone columns and stained glass windows crowns the city. Add Cité de Carcassonne to your Carcassonne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Carcassonne driving holiday site.
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  • Really enjoyed seeing the city walls and walking the perimeter but inside was disappointing very commercial , loads of bars and restaurants and shops Some very tacky fairground type attractions ie...  more »
  • This is a great place to go to. It is really great. Be prepared to walk a lot though. You can walk around some of the remparts, but a large part is only accessible if you pay. And we were...  more »
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  • This is the definitive example of a fortified medieval city. For most people, this is what you envision when you think of castles. Well maintained and well displayed museum takes you through the history of the place. Great shopping, restaurants and strolling. You can easily spend an entire day here and not have seen everything. Great experience dispite the crowds.
  • Excellent place for tourists. Well worth coming to see the castle city and the city outside. It takes a while to get to know the streets inside the castle walls. Done nice shops. Quite a few restaurants. Most places have English and Spanish translations.

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