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 VisitFee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass.
Open Now: NoHours 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
|Metro / SNCF Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M1 or M14 plus SNCF R||Fontainebleau Avon||2 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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Ratedout of 5
Summer holiday home of the French royalty of old. Grounds are free to roam, tickets needed to go inside the chateau. An enjoyable few hours.
Myst Myst - 1 month ago
Absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed it much more than Versailles. There were far fewer people, and each room was beautifully furnished. Versailles is an empty shell in comparison.
Lauren Williams - 2 months ago
Beautiful place, well kept. Gardens are intact and beautiful. The area is so vast, even with a large number of people you wouldn't notice. The atmosphere gives a sense tranquility and vastness at the same time. Go for it, worth a visit.
Yonatan Manor - 2 months ago
A truly remarkable French landmark. We decided to go here after reading reviews on how crowded Versailles can be and don't regret our decision one bit. We walked the grounds of the castle, walked through the wonderful downtown area where we grabbed lunch, and strolled through the woods. The weather was very nice the day we went and there were plenty of locals out and about.
Jenna Dugan - 2 months ago
A beautiful place, love the fact you can walk around the grounds freely. The audio tour inside was very good. Better than reading the boards and more time to look at everything. It didn't feel too busy either :-)
Sally Clarke - 4 months ago