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Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau

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#1 of 23 in Parks in Seine-et-Marne
Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Garden
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Unlike at busy Château de Versailles, the lack of crowds at Chateau de Fontainebleau means you're free to enjoy this palace almost as its inhabitants did in centuries past. This was the preferred residence of French kings and emperors for seven centuries. François I made the palace his permanent residence in 1527--breathing new life into the ruins with origins dating back to 1137. A succession of kings worked to further rehabilitate the castle, which is where Marie de Medici delivered her baby, who later became King Louis XIII. See where Napoléon I addressed his subjects after the French Revolution as you step into the Emperor's Throne Room. Italian artists Rosso and Primatice decorated the interior with frescoes, which you can still view today. Before you head to Fontainebleau, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Fontainebleau trip itinerary planning website, to make sure you see all that Fontainebleau has to offer, including Chateau de Fontainebleau.
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  • Definitely worth a visit, breathtaking rooms, art, ceilings and decor, for the money it was well worth it, its €13 per adult and children are free, you can hire a rowing boat on the lake which is... 
    Definitely worth a visit, breathtaking rooms, art, ceilings and decor, for the money it was well worth it, its €13 per adult and children are free, you can hire a rowing boat on the lake which is...  more »
  • We had a fabulous afternoon at Fontainebleau. The chateau and it’s rooms are fabulous. All staff that we encountered were helpful. We loved exploring the grounds & rowing on the lake. The only let... 
    We had a fabulous afternoon at Fontainebleau. The chateau and it’s rooms are fabulous. All staff that we encountered were helpful. We loved exploring the grounds & rowing on the lake. The only let...  more »
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  • Just amazing to say the least. The rooms and wood cravings on the walls are wonderful. There were lots of rooms to tour. We were getting tired after awhile. We got the audio guided tour, but it was hard for us to find the rooms we were in. It was probably just us. You might not have any problem. We were able to get a wheelchair for my wife. The admission for us was free. The audio guided tour was 6 Euros each. The grounds looked great from the windows, but the train that takes you around wasn't working today. Maybe it was because of it being raining day. It was worth going to, even with visiting Versailles the other day.
  • We opted to go see the Chateau instead of Versailles due to time restraints and we are so glad we did. The Chateau is lesser known so there were no lines, no wait times, it was perfect because we were alone the majority of the time while we got to explore. The town of Fontainebleau is also super cute and fun to walk around.

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