Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau

Must see · World heritage site · History Museum · Castle
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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  • It was a pleasure to enjoy these parks and gardens, what a quality of life to be around this aera. This castle is just so beautiful.  more »
  • Very impressed by this castle. Very clean. Worth it to take a look inside! Beautifully decorated rooms and the garden is amazing. Enjoyed feeding the swans and ducks. great for a picnic (just...  more »
  • Very cool chateau !it's a really cool place to walk around in imagine all of the history that has taken place here at this location throughout the centuries. I would love to be able to go back in time and watch events that have taking place here. When I was here it was very cold and rainy but still very beautiful. There was actually snow on the ground as well.
  • Beautiful place, with beautiful grounds... you could walk around here for half a day if you wanted.. its peaceful and beautiful with an amazing chateau. Well worth a trip

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