Château de Fontainebleau


birthplace of kings


Set amid 130 acres of parkland and gardens, and with more 1,500 rooms, the Chateau de Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for over 700 years. A visit to Fontainebleau introduces you to an unparalleled view of French history, art history and architecture.


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The Royal Château de Fontainebleau is a large palace where the kings of France took their ease. It is also the site where the French royal court, from 1528 onwards, entertained the body of new ideas that became known as the Renaissance. There have been numerous illustrious residents: Philip IV, king of France was born and died at Fontainebleau; Francis II, Henry II and Louis XIII were all born here. Christina, Queen of Sweden lived her for a time, and it was here that her lover, Gian Rinaldo Monaldeschi was murdered.

A visit to Fontainebleau is something that will take an entire day; this is not a place to be rushed.


OPENING HOURS

THE CHÂTEAU

The château is open every day except for Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

October to March: 9.30am-5pm (last admissions at 4.15pm)

April to September: 9.30am-6pm (last admissions at 5.15pm)

COURTYARDS AND GARDENS

The courtyards and gardens are open every day.

November to February: 9am-5pm

March, April and October: 9am-6pm

May to September: 9am-7pm

The Jardin de Diane and the Jardin Anglais close respectively half an hour and an hour before the times shown. Outside of the summer season, the Jardin Anglais may be closed. For further information, call: 01 60 71 50 70

THE PARK

The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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ADMISSION

THE GRANDS APPARTEMENTS

The Grands Appartements ticket admits visitors for a self-guided visit. This tour includes the Papal Apartment, the Renaissance Rooms, the Chapel of Saint Saturnin , the sovereign Grands Appartements, the Diana Gallery and the Napoleon I Museum.

Full price: €11. Concessions: €9.

THE PETITS APPARTEMENTS

Full price: €6.50. Concessions: €5

THE APPARTEMENT DES CHASSES AND FURNITURE MUSEUM

Full price: €6.50. Concessions: €5

These three areas are only accessible via escorted tour.

Visitors who buy an escorted tour ticket can purchase a reduced-price ticket for the Grands Appartements tour.

ESCORTED TOUR – FONTAINEBLEAU DURING THE SECOND EMPIRE

Full price: €15.50.The ticket to this escorted tour also allows access to the Grands Appartements tour, with provision of a free audio guide for paying visitors.

TOURS – STUDIOS (2 HOURS, FOR CHILDREN, OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS)

Full price: €15.50. Child concessions: €8.

VISIOGUIDE

Visioguide hire: €2

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VISITOR INFORMATION

Château de Fontainebleau
77300 Fontainebleau
Tel: 01 60 71 50 70
www.musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr


getting there

BY CAR

Take the A6 from Paris (Porte d’Orléans or Porte d’Italie), follow the turnoff for Fontainebleau.
Follow signs for Fontainebleau, then follow the “Château” signs.

BY TRAIN

From the Gare de Lyon (main line), take the train for either Montargis Sens, Montereau or Laroche-Migennes, alighting at Fontainebleau-Avon station, then take the ‘Ligne A’ bus destined for Les Lilas, alighting at the ‘Château’ stop.

THE PARIS/VAUX-LE-VICOMTE/FONTAINEBLEAU SHUTTLE SERVICE

Parivision runs a regular shuttle service between Fontainebleau and Paris, departing from 214 rue de Rivoli.
For more information:
Tel: 01 42 60 30 01
www.pariscityvision.com