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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This is truly a hidden gem. While not quite as grand as Versailles it is in many ways far more enjoyable to visit. I found Versailles too crowded where here was a comfortable, quiet and relaxed place that wasn't too crowded. Highly recommended.
Keith Turner - 17 days ago
Magical and grand testament to the excesses of the French royal family. You can understand why there was a revolution... To think this location played second fiddle to Versailles - definitely underrated but that's fine as you can get around easily and it represents good value for money. The sorbet from the stall in the courtyard on the northern side of the chateau (facing the gardens) is to die for.
Laurence Braithwaite - 2 months ago
My family and I came here to see the Chateau and picnic at the park. It was a very nice museum that was just small enough for us to whip through quickly, but still see some excellent art pieces. It was in an isolated, peaceful place, and it was such a pleasure to sit by the pond and watch the ducks and swans. We definitely recommend coming here just to enjoy the pond with a snack or meal. This is certainly a place to visit if you're staying in Paris.
A Very - 2 months ago
You want to see a palace?! Go here then. This Chateau is so magnificent and beautiful. A must see! It's huge but really nice to walk around in. Magical rooms inside. You must go here. No lines and no throngs of tourists. Very peaceful and pleasant.
Manny Ellison - 2 months ago
Beautiful castle and grounds. I would recommend the audio tour as it added a lot of context to the building and rooms. There is no food on site but there are restaurants outside of the gates. We parked in the paid parking lot across the street and it was easy. We spent about 90 min on the main part tour but did not do one of the extra sections. There is a nice park and gardens behind the castle that you could have a picnic at when the weather is nice.
Breanna Dedrickson - 3 months ago