Perched on a spur overlooking the Ailette Valley, stand the impressive remains of one of the most remarkable medieval fortresses in Western Europe.
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The Fortress of Coucy-le-Château
Welcome to the residence of the Sires de Coucy ! Perched on a spur overlooking the Ailette Valley, stand the impressive remains of one of the most remarkable medieval fortresses in Western Europe. The castle was a major tourist attraction before the Great War and even after the destruction of its imposing keep and other parts in 1917, it is still a splendid construction. Don’t hesitate to walk around the bottom of the ramparts where you will be joined by pygmy goats, much to the delight of children !
A few leagues away lies the Château de Blérancourt which houses the Franco-American Museum, an extraordinary exhibition recalling the dedication of American ladies who came to the aid of families who had suffered loss and damage during the Great War.
Where to go in Coucy-Le-Château
The Château de Coucy castle with its three fortified surrounding walls.
The Porte de Soissons gate and Tour Musée (museum) with models showing the outrageous excesses of the Sires de Coucy. Marvel at the 360° panoramic view from the upper platform.
The Porte de Laon gate, a fortress within a fortress and the main defensive system of the town.
The church of Saint Sauveur, rebuilt exactly as it was after being destroyed in 1917.
The Franco-American Museum and New World garden at Blérancourt.
The home and museum of the revolutionary Louis de Saint Just at Blérancourt.
Abbey of Prémontré at the heart of Saint Gobain forest.
Musée Blérancourt at Coucy-Le-Château