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“Of all the Castles in France, this is the best, totally” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau Comtal

Chateau Comtal
Ranked #6 of 69 things to do in Carcassonne
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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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332 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Of all the Castles in France, this is the best, totally”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

The story goes that this is the only castle in France that was never taken. Besieged, yes, but never taken. This a true walled city, and at the time, had its own king. When you go, make sure you wear good walking shoes. Take the time to move about the whole of the place. Today it is still in operations, that is people live there, work there and sell stuff. Stuff you will want to take home as souvenirs. It is not make believe, it is what it was, a Walled City. Look about and examine the structure. You will see the defenses, the protections. One wall after another. If you have the money you can stay in the Hotel that once was the Chateau. If you go in July 14, you can watch the reenactment of the siege, where the whole of the City is "burned".

Visited July 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A real castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

This castle is the real deal. Lots of history is this wonderfully restored fortress. Rent the audio guide to stroll through the castle at your own speed while learning the background of the castle. Walk the ramparts for great views of the countryside. This really feels like a ferry tale come true.

Visited October 2013
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“Great building, average museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

You cannot complete your Carcassonne visit without seeing the Chateau.
Although restored from its 1800's ruins,it still is a magnificent building and as close to the original medieval form and function as possible.
I would definitely recommend a guided tour as well, this way you learn a lot more!
The actual museum collection is not great though.

Visited August 2013
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Paris, France
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“Very nice visit, but they need to improve the museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

The Castle inside the Carcassonne medieval city is a museum which is very nice to visit and take picture. if you are french don't miss the free guided tour. English tour have to be prebooked, as there is not enough demand in off season.

in the overall, had a bad feeling of the museum. it is resting on the magnificience of the medival structure and castle, but it is empty inside.

Would have expected medieval reproduction of flags, banners, explanation on castle lifestyle, clothes, and other things used in daily life, and some weaponery.

instead you only visit empty buildings. The museum part have to improve alot otherwise you just pay 9 euros to visit medieval architecture which is pricey whithout the free guided tour.

Visited September 2013
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Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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“Great medieval city, will return!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

Brilliant, particularly enjoyed trip with horses and cart. very pleasant guide. Pleasant night out on the ramparts.

Visited September 2013
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