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Chateau de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds

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Beautiful Chateau de Pierrefonds is a medieval castle built from 1393-1407 by Louis I de Valois, Duke of Orléans. It is characteristic of defensive military architecture from the Middle Ages. Commissioned by Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte and restored by Viollet-le-Duc in 1850, Chateau de Pierrefonds has kept the original exterior from the 14th century military structural design. However, many interior restorations like polychrome paintings were new additions. You may recognize the castle as a location for films including the BBC series "Merlin," "The Messenger: The Story of "Joan of Arc," and "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998). Plan to visit Chateau de Pierrefonds during your Pierrefonds vacation using our convenient Pierrefonds trip site.
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  • My wife, myself, and my toddler wanted to see a medieval style castle. We were spending the week in Paris and were looking for options suitable for a daytrip. Le Chateau de Pierrefonds fit both... 
    My wife, myself, and my toddler wanted to see a medieval style castle. We were spending the week in Paris and were looking for options suitable for a daytrip. Le Chateau de Pierrefonds fit both...  more »
  • A couple of hours spent exploring with our young children. Great little train ride there and back from the town. 
    A couple of hours spent exploring with our young children. Great little train ride there and back from the town.  more »
  • We visited a number of castles on our tour of Europe, and this was a favorite! The architecture is fantastic with so many turrets and towers and intricate details. Although it is mostly... 
    We visited a number of castles on our tour of Europe, and this was a favorite! The architecture is fantastic with so many turrets and towers and intricate details. Although it is mostly...  more »
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  • It was an amazing site. Big. Giant. Massive battlements. We parked on street at entrance. Some walking to get into the main castle. There are a lot of scaffolding going up all over the castle on the outside and inside. There is not much to visit on the inside. You can walk through the draw bridge on the wooden deck and and visit the courtyard, chapel and some of the first floor with exhibits showing you images of the way the castle was before it was rebuilt and through time. You can go into another building to see a first floor and second floor room. Other areas were closed to the general public. It was still worthwhile visiting. Maybe in another five years it will look so much better!
  • A very beautiful castle 🏰 full of culture and art. We paid 16€ for the museum, kids were free. It’s really nice to walk around the castle and have some nice family photos 📷🪴
  • Such a beautiful place. We came here as big Merlin fans (TV show) as this is where the castle scenes were filmed, we were really sad that there's absolutely no mention of the show anywhere or in the gift shop(would be another great tourist attraction) We love history as well so seeing the history and learning about it was amazing as well! Not much around so we visited twice and saw new things we'd missed the second time. A café right by the gift shop would be absolutely perfect! We want to come back when all the scaffolding and building works have gone, hopefully soon!
  • lovely place to visit. A magical castle, rebuilt by Napoleon III, now in beautiful condition, and what a sight, well worth a visit. The little town surrounding it is pretty too, with a little boating lake as nd lots of cafes and restaurants.
  • Cool place to walk and enjoy the "fake medieval" fairy tale knights&princesses castle. The price is good, the place is not overcrowded (though many children), the surroundings are also nice.

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