Chateau de Vincennes is often overlooked by tourists. It is a marvelous day trip just at the end of the line 1 metro. The chateau is made up of a church, the donjon of St. Louis and the main donjon built by Charles V. The main fort has numerous levels and all of them are available to be visited. There is an interactive model on the ground level which will enlighten you to what is available to be seen at each level. The donjon was also used as a prison in the 17th century housing Nicholas Vaux, John Vanbrugh and many other including the Marquis de Sade and the Comte de Mirabeau. The prisoners wrote on the walls of the rooms and it is still visible. The fading walls of the chapel and rooms are also readable. The study of Charles V and his private latrine are in the king's rooms.
This is one of the best kept up chateau of its type in France and well worth a visit. Plan to spend a day there as there is more than meets the eye.
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