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Chateau of Vincennes

Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
+33 1 43 28 15 48
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The Chateau de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau. After extensive restoration work, the Sainte-Chapelle at the Château de Vincennes has re-opened to the public and visitors can now fully admire its remarkable decorative ensemble. Started in 1379, and based on the model of the royal chapel in the Palais de la Cité in Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle at Vincennes realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
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+33 1 43 28 15 48
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Vincennes must be the most underrated attraction in Paris. It has fascinating history, from the first public clock to one of the first drawbridges to its famous prisoners including Henry Navarre and the Marquis de Sade. If that's not enough there is the Royal Garden...More

Thank freedml
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction is right off a metro stop from Paris, and covered by Museum Pass (must have for Paris). Most Paris attractions are overwhelmed by tourists, however, this one has largely been overlooked and that makes it really special. Enter across an original drawbridge, and...More

Thank Sir_Robert_427
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to the Chateau de Vincennes 3 out of my 4 visits to Paris and I've yet to go inside. It's the end of the Metro Line 1, so that's why I went. Seriously. Just ridin' the rails. ;) I've read that the tour...More

Thank Scott R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once a hunting lodge then built into a fortress and home to French kings during Middle Ages. Probably the closest proper medieval castle you can find near Paris.

Thank alina_wood
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only medieval castle in Paris that was a Royal residence for French kings in the 12th and 13th centuries. Officially in the town of Vincinnes east of Paris but easy to get to on Line 1 of the Metro. It's at the last stop....More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first visit here was many years ago and I really wanted to visit again. They have a very nicely stocked gift shop with a good range of gifts of all prices and some nice "medieval" items where the friendly staff told me that a...More

Thank Scotfire
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Very old and very big. Church is undergoing major renovation. Good commentary in the different areas. Lots of stairs!

Thank 50000tears
Reviewed 26 May 2017

One of the best examples of a medieval town in all of Europe. It's free to walk about the grounds, although there is a fee if you want to get into the tower area. Worth a visit!

Thank thsmith1
Reviewed 15 May 2017

It is hard to give a grand Medieval castle with lots of interesting history an "average" rating; however, there are so many better castles around, we wouldn't recommend traveling to see this. The castle donjon is almost completely empty, so you are seeing the shell...More

1  Thank Gtravelgirl
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

I cannot believe that tourists do not know about this place. But that may be why it was amazing. The palace and cathedral are spectacular. It was fun to explore with a lot of room to do so. It is not furnished, and there is...More

2  Thank BJ T
Bercy / Nation
Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise
lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and
impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small
parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy
Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois
de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on
its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to
this calming neighbourhood where real Parisians make
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Response from Guilherme C | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the full price, as I haven't paid for that, but if you're up to 25 or 26 (not sure) the entrance was free...