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Discover the castle of Pierrefonds with its exciting history and architecture

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  • Pierrefonds Castle was built in the 14th century and reconstructed in the 19th century as a private residence for Napoleon III 
  • A ruin for 200 years, the castle was rebuilt 
  • The listed castle is often used as a film set 

The castle of Pierrefonds is one of the most successful examples of military architecture from the late Middle Ages

What awaits you on site


Pierrefonds Castle is a castle complex that originally dates back to the Middle Ages and was reconstructed and extended in the 19th century as a private residence for Napoleon III. Even the cellar is worth a visit! 

Near Compiègne, you will discover the fortified castle of Pierrefonds, which was badly damaged and forgotten in the 17th century and was reinvented in the 19th century by the architect Viollet-le-Duc in an extraordinary reinterpretation of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. An architectural treasure awaits you: The chapel, the courtyard of honour and the cellars are simply incomparable. 

Reborn from ruins: the fantastic transformation of the fortress into a castle

Napoleon III decided to transform the romantic ruins of Pierrefonds into an imperial residence. He commissioned Eugène Viollet-le-Duc to restore the former fortress of Louis d’Orléans to make it a symbol of the Second Empire. The restoration work took over thirty years. The prestigious hall of Pierrefonds Castle, the "Salle des Preuses", is undoubtedly the showpiece of the castle due to its size and decoration. Its vaulted ceiling in the shape of an overturned ship’s hull, its length of 53 metres, its height of 12 metres and its width of 10 metres give it the appearance of a ballroom.

How to get there

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Rue Viollet le Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, Oise, France

Good to know

  • Opening hours
    From 2 May to 4 September 9.30 am to 6.00 pm (last admission 5.00 pm)
    From 5 September to 30 April 10.00 pm to 5.30 pm (last admission 4.30 pm) 

The entrance ticket to Pierrefonds Castle is included in your Paris City Pass


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