Château de Fontainebleau - Musée national
The Château de Fontainebleau can boast of having had eight centuries of royal occupants. Capetians, Valois, Bourbons, Bonaparte and Orléans, each member of the dynasties which ruled France spent time within its walls. Kings and queens, emperors and empresses strove to enhance the château built around the original keep.
Château de Fontainebleau : a huge royal and imperial palace
The château quickly became an enormous palace where a number of important historical events took place. 55km from Paris, this sprawling, royal residence illustrates the development of styles from the Middle Ages to the Second Empire, from the 12th century to the 19th century : the medieval keep, unique wood panelling, stucco and paintings of the Renaissance, carved wooden ceiling and painted decors of the 17th and 18th centuries and Premier Empire furniture.
The famous horseshoe steps, the symbol of the Château de Fontainebleau, were built during the reign of Louis XIII in Renaissance style by Jean Androuet du Cerceau. It was at the bottom of these steps that Napoleon 1 bid his guard farewell in 1814. The rich decoration, refined elegance and completeness of the furnishings of the château apartments contribute to its family home aspect, « a true home of kings, house of ages » as Napoleon called it.
Galleries of Château de Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau - a tradition of horse riding and gastronomy
Fontainebleau, a major centre for art and history, also has a long-standing reputation for horse riding and local gourmet food. Important equestrian competitions are held at Grand Parquet. The excellent pâtissier and master chocolatier, Frédéric Cassel, opened one of his shops at Fontainebleau. He was President of the French team who won the World Pâtisserie Championships in 2013.
The villages in the area around Fontainebleau, particularly the character villages, have a large choice of gites and B&Bs. Some owners, artists and crafts people are delighted to share their expertise and enthusiasm with visitors.
The Château is open every day except Tuesday. Closed 1 May, 25 December and 1 January.
October – March : 09.30-17.00 (last admission 16.15).
April - September : 09.30-18.00 (last admission 17.15). Allow 2 hours for a complete unguided tour of the château.
How to get to Fontainebleau ?
By road : from Paris, take A6 (Porte d’Orléans or Porte d’Italie), exit Fontainebleau. Head towards Fontainebleau, then follow signs for « Château ».
By rail : from Paris Gare de Lyon to Montargis, Montereau or Laroche-Migennes, get off at Fontainebleau-Avon, then take bus N° 1 towards Les Lilas and get off at the « Château ».
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