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“Beautiful chateau adjacent to charming town”

Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled the old château during his stays there from 1807 to 1809.
San Diego, California
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“Beautiful chateau adjacent to charming town”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Historic and well-managed castle that was the home of many rulers of France, both hereditary, as well as Napoleon. Fascinating rooms and suites, gorgeous grounds, pleasant and helpful staff - an outstanding visitor experience. An easy train ride from Paris, with a connecting bus that drops you adjacent to the chateau. The charming town next to the castle is filled with cafes, small shops and friendly local people. I would love to return and spend more time both at the chateau and in the town.

Visited April 2012
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“Give yourself plenty of time here, it is fantastic”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. Not crowded at all and in some rooms I was the only person. Contrary to some reviewers, I found the staff okay. Yes they were rude to the man in front of me but he was rude to them first! The audio guide for the grande apartments could include more details. I also did the guided tour of the petit apartments with the french speaking guide and although I didn't understand much of what was said it was worth it, especially to see Napolean's library which looks like he just walked out of it. Also, interesting to see the contrast between the apartments.

Make sure you take a walk around the large gardens before you leave.

Visited April 2012
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Brilliant, beautiful and amazing. The grounds are enormous, I walked all around the outside in the evening after a long drive. The next day i visited the chateau and it is stunning inside. You could spend all day but I only had a short time. As it was free on the first of the month I thought it was anexcellent trip before heading for the Chunnel!

Visited April 2012
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“Much more enjoyable than Versailles”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Coming out of Versailles feels like having been processed through a sausage machine and spat out at the end but Fontainebleau on the other hand is delightfully quiet. Admittedly we visited in the winter but it was a nice Sunday afternoon. There is less of the over the top gaudiness of Versailles but it is still richly decorated and furnished. Good audio guide with short or long commentary options. The formal garden is nice but not very extensive. The town itself is attractive with several good options for lunch and afterwards a walk in the forest is great

Visited February 2012
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“Grand !”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

First there is magnificent foret de fontainebleau which you cross for about 3 to 5 km to get to the castle then the compound itself ;not as supercharged with history as Versailles but still very impressive ,specially the inside courtyards and the beautiful parc ;nice galleries to visit inside and Napoleon bedrooms and private quarters but we did enjoy the outing itself as it is not too far from Paris and you can pic -nic in the forest on your way ;we also enjoyed a couple of marriages that were taking place in the parc

Visited August 2011
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