Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau

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Must see · World heritage site · Garden · Architectural Building
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Unlike at busy Château de Versailles, the lack of crowds at Chateau de Fontainebleau means you're free to enjoy this palace almost as its inhabitants did in centuries past. This was the preferred residence of French kings and emperors for seven centuries. François I made the palace his permanent residence in 1527--breathing new life into the ruins with origins dating back to 1137. A succession of kings worked to further rehabilitate the castle, which is where Marie de Medici delivered her baby, who later became King Louis XIII. See where Napoléon I addressed his subjects after the French Revolution as you step into the Emperor's Throne Room. Italian artists Rosso and Primatice decorated the interior with frescoes, which you can still view today. Before you head to Fontainebleau, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Fontainebleau trip itinerary planning website, to make sure you see all that Fontainebleau has to offer, including Chateau de Fontainebleau.
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  • We found the structures and the gardens at least as grand as Versailles, if not grander. Amazing gardens and less touristy. 
    We found the structures and the gardens at least as grand as Versailles, if not grander. Amazing gardens and less touristy.  more »
  • Such a great palace. The gardens are amazing. I did some running and it was unique. Aside from the gardens around and the nice alleys, you can also walk around the huge pond on the back which is... 
    Such a great palace. The gardens are amazing. I did some running and it was unique. Aside from the gardens around and the nice alleys, you can also walk around the huge pond on the back which is...  more »
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  • Really great visit here. The free lockers were really helpful. I wouldn't bother spending the €4 on the audio guide as it's not very good. Give yourself a couple of hours here, more if you visit the gardens. I have done this in a half day trip from Paris & really easy to get to. I bought my tickets in advance which was good, especially on a tighter time schedule.
  • Great overall, you get to learn a lot of interesting stories on some of the most important historical characters of France! Very sad that they do not advertise everywhere that a big chunk of the castle is off limits for filming, we would have postponed our visit. The garden is clean and well-tended, interesting.

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