Rendez-vous at the Château of Pierrefonds

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Philippe Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. P. Lemaître

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. P. Lemaître

Rendez-vous at the Château of Pierrefonds Le Château 60350 Pierrefonds, Oise fr

A perfect, dream-like castle

Dating back to the 15th century, the Château de Pierrefonds (Picardy) was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century to transform it into an imperial residence for Napoleon III.

The châteaux often seems to have been specially built for a swashbuckling film with its richly varied painted and sculpted decors, its defensive system and drawbridge, walkways and drop-boxes, not to forget the two reconstructions of medieval siege engines.

2012: the château will be temporary closed.


  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet:

French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian

  • Audio-guide tour:

French, English, German, Spanish

  • Guided tour:

French - Reservations: 1 month

Duration: 1 hr

  • Lecture tour:

French, English, German, Spanish

  • Not to be missed:

The “bal des gisants” (tomb statuary) exhibition offersa magical discovery-tour in the castle cellars.

  • Prestigious visit outside standard opening hours:

Reservation required


  • On the main Paris/Lille road80 km from Paris.
  • From Reims: exit 8 via RN31 Compiègne to D335
  • From Rouen: exit 2 via RN31 to Compiègne then D973
  • From Paris: A1 motorway exit n°9 then D200, Compiègne then D973, Pierrefonds
  • From Lille: A1 motorway exit n°11


Château de Pierrefonds
rue Viollet-le-Duc
60350 Pierrefonds
Tel: +33 (0)3 44 42 72 72

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