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.
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: 77300 Fontainebleau, France
Phone: 01 60 71 50 70
Official Website: Château de FontainebleauMap of nearby accommodations:
|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
Gorgeous castle with a nice exhibition about Napoleon life. Many beautifully furnished and decorated rooms. Plan at least 3 hours to visit the whole place without rushing around. You will need to leave big bags in a locker room, it's free of charge.
Кристина Ларионова - 2 days ago
Not only do we love visiting the Chateau but walking the grounds and outside the gates there's a great children's park that usually has lots of locals meeting together for playdates. It's always a favourite
C Baldwin - 12 days ago
It is very hard to impress me, but this Pałace is stunning. Inventory is very large and rooms beautiful. I was in winter and it was almost empty... Even comparing to Versaille the same Day. I recommend truly.
Łukasz Wysocki - 19 days ago
Preferred this to Versailles simply because there were so few tourists around. We arrived in the morning and just walked right in. Some of the rooms are just as impressive as Versailles and at times they were completely empty. The surrounding fields and forests were also amazing.
Richard McCracken - 1 month ago