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Hunting lodge, retreat, prison: discover the eventful history of the Château de Vincennes

View of the Chateau de Vincennes in Paris

Highlights

  • Discover the city’s favourite attractions, museums and guided tours with the Paris City Pass – one ticket, everything included! 
  • Included in your Paris City Pass is the Paris Museum Pass which gives you free and priority entry to the city's most popular museums and monuments! 
  • No advance booking is required for this attraction – your City Pass is your admission ticket 
  • Vincennes Castle, a royal residence from the 12th to the 18th century, is one of the most important castles in the history of France. 
  • The castle’s enclosure, medieval towers, chapel and keep have been preserved in their entirety. 
  • Alongside the Louvre, Vincennes Castle is considered one of the most important castles in the history of France. 

An impressive castle and a beautiful garden

What awaits you on site

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The actual castle district is surrounded by a 1,200 metre long wall with nine towers, originally around 40 metres high, and a 27 metre wide moat. On the western side, the wall is interrupted by the fortified residential tower. This has a square floor plan with sides 16.20 metres long and is six storeys high. At around 50 metres high, it is one of the tallest residential towers in France. But the thickness of its walls is also impressive: they are around 3.30 metres thick.

The palace buildings, the King’s Pavilion and the Queen’s Pavilion, stand opposite each other in the southern courtyard. In the centre of the complex is the castle chapel called Sainte-Chapelle. 

The palace gardens were designed in the 19th century in the style of English landscape gardens. Napoleon III gave it to Paris as a public institution in 1860, covering an area of almost 10 square kilometres.

How to get there

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Address: 1 Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, Val-de-Marne, France 

Good to know

  • Opening hours
    Daily
    From 21 May to 22 September 10.00 pm to 6.00 pm (last admission 5.15 pm)
    From 23 September to 20 May 10.00 pm to 5.00 pm (last admission 4.15 pm) 
  • The Sainte-Chapelle opens at 10 am, closes 30 minutes before the castle closes and between 1 pm and 2 pm. 

The entrance ticket for the Château de Vincennes is included in your City Pass


 

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