Château de Fontainebleau

A visit to the expansive and spectacular Château de Fontainebleau can easily fill the better part of a day

An impressive courtyard and entrance welcomes visitors to the Château de Fontainebleau
An impressive courtyard and entrance welcomes visitors to the Château de Fontainebleau cc licensed photo by dalbera

The Château de Fontainebleau is one of the largest royal palaces. A great many monarchs have made their mark on the Château, each resident making some kind of improvement or renovation to at least a portion of the Château.

The Château has been home to some of the greatest monarchs in French history, including King Louis VII, Philip II and Louis IX. Napoleon also made good use of the Château from time to time. The Château has gone from being the home of a number of monarchs to being the home of the Ecoles d'Art Americaines, an American school of art and architecture.

The Château is not just a palace. There are a number of courtyards and gardens and a park that are interspersed throughout the buildings of the palace. Even the surrounding city is something of a historical monument. It grew up around the Forest of Fontainbleau. What remains of the Forest is now home to a number of endangered species that once called all of Europe home.

Although the Château does attempt to make its tours as family friendly as possible, it is important to note that you are not permitted to bring pushchairs or back mounted baby carriers on the tour routes. It is possible to swap your pushchair or carrier for a front mounted carrier at the cloakrooms though. If schools or home schooled groups of children would like to visit the Château then they may make use of the specially adapted tours that the staff of the Château offer. There is also a lift to allow those who suffer from limited mobility to access the Grands Appartements.

For those who love the outdoors, the park and various courtyards offer many different attractions and activities to help you while away the time. You can take a horse drawn carriage ride or a hot air balloon ride. Then there is the boating and ice cream parlours and the Segway rides.

If you are planning on visiting the Château de Fontainebleau then you really do need to set aside an entire day to do so. It is better to have more time than you need as you do not want to miss a single sight in this amazing palace.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 77300 Fontainebleau, France

Phone: 01 60 71 50 70

Official Website: Château de Fontainebleau

Directions

Metro / SNCF Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M1 or M14 plus SNCF RFontainebleau Avon‎2 minutes

How to get to Château de Fontainebleau by Metro / SNCF

By Metro plus SNCF Train and Bus: Make your way via Metro M1 or M14 to Gare de Lyon. From Gare de Lyon (main line) board an SNCF Transilean R to either Montargis Sens or Montereauline and exit at Fontainebleau Avon‎ Station. Catch the Optile ‘Ligne A’ bus destined for Les Lilas, from bus platform #2 in front of the station and disembark at the ‘Château’ stop. Walk southeast and cross over Rue Grande then go left followed by a quick right onto Rue de la Chancellerie to the entrance. If you have an all zone Paris Visite Pass this journey is fully covered.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Château de Fontainebleau Star Rating

5 Star Rating Chateau de Fontainebleau is a fantastic castle, so much history and antiques. My husband and I enjoyed every minute of it, being there was so romantic. The lights are beautiful.

Maria Bell - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating I stayed in Fontainebleau last Deptember. I spent an afternoon touring the Chateau main royal suites. These are imposing and beautiful, especially the earlier C16th Francis I Gallery (with frescoes) and the suite used by Napoleon. All well explained... and you can hire an electronic guide and choose your language. It was quite easy to use. The outside architecture of the Chateau is grand and inspiring... some lively vistas.

Carol Wain - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Really recommend about tour guide machine. Almost best in France and Europe. If wheather is good enough, do not miss garden and train course outside. For the traffic, bus from train station is good choice. Must go once during Paris trip.

Joy Hsu - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating I must say, I appreciated this castle and it's huge gardens more then Versailles. Here you will find less crowds making for a more enjoyable experience and still get to see the art, furniture and interior designs of its time.

Steve P. - 26 days ago

4 Star Rating Situated far from Paris center, this castle is beautiful and peaceful and there are not so many tourists like at the Versailles. The architecture and the decoration inside this palace is absolutely outstanding. But the situation is unfavorable because you need more time. Of course if you want to visit all Paris’s interesting places, you should stay here :)

Tran Hung - 2 months ago

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