The castle of la Madeleine in Chevreuse

A nice walk to discover the city of Chevreuse and its castle located in the Park of the Valley of Chevreuse at 1 hour from the center of Paris.

The town of Chevreuse is located in the heart of the regional park of the Valley of Chevreuse. It can be the starting point for many hikes in the Park. The best known is probably "the Jean Racine path" that will lead you up to the Abbey of Port-Royal. For this walk we just stay in the town of Chevreuse and visit the lovely castle. It's better to get by car because the train stops a few kilometres away in Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse. The walk is not extraordinary, but it is easy and enjoyable. Perfect for a sunny sunday.

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Duration: 3 h.

The departure

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The departure
All of the parking spots are toll-free. The parking is large but don’t come to late on week-end.

The promenade of the little bridges

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The promenade of the little bridges

The Saint-Martin Church

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The Saint-Martin Church

The ascent to the castle

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The ascent to the castle
The ascent is steep but very short.

The castle of la Madeleine

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The castle of la Madeleine
The castle of la Madeleine takes its name from a chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalene, that no longer exists.

Within the walls of the castle of la Madeleine

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Within the walls of the castle of la Madeleine
The construction of the castle started near 1000. It served as protection for the people who were victims of looting. Initially it was a single building surrounded by a palisade of wood, the castle has developed over the centuries.

The House of the Park

The House of the Park
The castle houses the House of the Park of the Valley of Chevreuse. In the basement you can visit a cellar of the castle which was used to store food.

The town of Chevreuse

The town of Chevreuse
Amazing view of the town of Chevreuse

The town centre of Chevreuse

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The town centre of Chevreuse
No need to visit the town, there’s nothing intersting.

Along the stream Yvette

Along the stream Yvette
You can continue the walk, strolling along a nice path that borders the Yvette river.
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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