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Carcassonne Medieval City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Europe’s largest fortress is worth a dusk visit for the circling swallows and golden light.
During this visit we admired - after we got over the which of the desecration (!) fluoro stripes - a giant artwork by Felice Varini. Atmospheric to wander around.
In late June many of the restaurants in the fortress were not in operation or had closed by 10pm, which was surprising. But the central square was still lively.
Wear sensible shoes - the paving stones are uneven.
Bring information on the site - there are few plaques or maps there.

1  Thank RosemarieNorth
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I suppose that any visitor surely knows what to expect in the Cite i.e. huge crowds picture postcard buildings and many, many cafes. And if you think everyone except you is a tourist, then this is really not the place for you. But if you can negotiate this human anthill, blot out the crowds and findi some breathing space, then the place is magic, a photographer's dream. One of the best ways to see the Cite is to visit places when most people are having lunch: one such place is the church of St Nazaire with its impressive windows, though the church itself is quite stark and unadorned. When we visited there was a Russian choir singing, as part of the ongoing festival of music (as elsewhere in Carcassone). Very impressive. Another way to avoid the crowds is to wander round Les Lices a kind of rough path between the walls and ramparts. Great for photos if you're quick and you can catch a breeze on hot days. As for eating/drinking there is a huge variety of places to suit all wallets and appetites, and prices are not exorbitant. If you haven't done your homework there are good guided tours available. Take your pick. Lastly, don't be put off the Cite by patronising references to "Disneyland"; The great majority of the building is original and certainly not aimed at tourists. Go see for yourself and enjoy.

Thank carbill2015
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Magnificent medieval city enhanced (yes!) by the temporary art of Felice Varini.
Very enjoyable walks arounf the site, followed by a pleasant lunch in a calm courtyard at La Girouette.

Thank welshmaninparis
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This had been on my bucket list for years and finnaly made it for 40th wedding anniversary in june. It is truly magnificent however the experience is ruined by mass of tacky tourist traps you expect to pay more for things but not 4 or 5 times as much as small bottle of water 2 Euro in the rest of town 50 to 80 cents. Also make sure you have euros as we have not been able to change any sterling anywhere thankfully sterling was for emergencies only and not needed. Take the little train at 4euro which takes you to the top and does a tour of the city it's great fun. Enjoy

Thank Morag C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent half a day taking in the shear magnificence of of this remnant of bygone times.
Very well maintained walled city with the usual tourist trappings to boot.
The video documentary is a must see to get an appreciation of the influence over time and the various occupiers.
Key is to saunter and quietly take it all in including the magnificent views of the surrounding country.
Many options for a relaxing food and drink experience also.
A truly magnificent example of a fortified stronghold.

Thank dajeck
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