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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...more
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This place was an amazing breath of fresh air. I’m a castle fanatic and in the process of designing/building my own castle in America. So any time I get the chance to put hands on a beautiful example of architecture, I do it.
Great place to visit loved the whole place. Used as the venue for filming Merlin the BBC series and did not need a lot of set dressing. The children loved the place a teen and a 6 year old.
The village that surrounds it has...More
Erected in the late 14th century by Duke Louis of Orléans, the château was taken down in the 17th century and was in ruins when Napoleon III decided to commission architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc to rebuild it. He applied his architectural designs to create the ideal...More
Yes, I know it's a "reimagining" of sorts by Violet le Duc, but it is still amazing. Of course since it was completely built/rebuilt in the 1800's it's in pretty good shape. There are some stairs but not tons and "most" have handrails. There is...More
The chateau is wonderfully pretty and dominates everything nearby.
Rebuilt from ruins in the 19th century in the original medieval style.
There is much to marvel at here and very reasonably priced. Do see the dragon(?) drainpipes in the courtyard area.
The village/town below has...More
Pierrefonds was just a short stop on our way travelling to our hotel. Passing by Pierrefonds signs a couple of years in a row we now decided to take a right turn and visit the castle.
The road leading to the village of Pierrefonds is...More
Viollet le Duc, the hyperactive architect who saved so many of France's heritage sites at a time when the French were neglectful of their historic buildings, excelled himself here at Pierrefonds. The quality of the restoration and attention to detail are stunning. This is an...More
This is a really cool castle out in a small village. You can get there from Paris by taking a train to Compiegne and then a taxi to the castle in Pierrefonds. There are taxis at the train station, and our driver gave us his...More
Photos of this place don’t give it justice! It’s massive and like something out of a fantasy film. You have to pay but it’s not expensive and worth the visit. If I had one small gripe it was that you can only look round a...More
There is no direct connection from Paris to Château de Pierrefonds. However, you can take the train to Compiegne, take the walk to Compiègne - Gare SNCF, take the line 27 bus to Pierrefonds - Mairie, then take the walk to... More
There is no direct connection from Paris to Château de Pierrefonds. However, you can take the train to Compiegne, take the walk to Compiègne - Gare SNCF, take the line 27 bus to Pierrefonds - Mairie, then take the walk to Château de Pierrefonds. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Château de Pierrefonds.