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Palace of Fontainebleau

View from the water to the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Paris


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  • Temporary residence of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Very extensive furnishings, Renaissance period
  • Listed as a World Heritage Site since 1981
  • An absolute highlight at the gates of Paris  

Discover the royal beauty of the Palace of Fontainebleau

What awaits you on site

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The Palace of Fontainebleau, a masterpiece of French Renaissance architecture, rises majestically in the heart of the idyllic forest of Fontainebleau, just a short drive from Paris. As one of the largest royal residences in France, this castle is not only a historical jewel, but also a testimony to the country's rich cultural history. 

Originally built as a hunting lodge, the Palace of Fontainebleau has undergone numerous extensions and transformations over the centuries, making it an impressive ensemble of different architectural styles. From the medieval castle to the elegant Renaissance wings and the opulent Baroque chambers, the castle reflects the diversity and splendour of the French monarchy.During the reigns of various kings and emperors, including Francis I, Henry IV, Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis XIV, the Palace of Fontainebleau served as a residence and political centre. The royal apartments, galleries and extensive gardens bear witness to a life of luxury and a rich cultural heritage.Today, visitors can explore the Palace of Fontainebleau and marvel at the sumptuous rooms, ornate tapestries and ceiling paintings.  

Where to go? 

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77300 Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, France

Good to know

  • Opening hours
    October to March Wednesday - Monday: 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
    April to September Wednesday - Monday: 9.30 am - 6.00 pm  
  • Fontainebleau is located 55 kilometres south of Paris and is the capital of the arrondissement of Fontainebleau.  

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