The most beautiful castles around Paris

A selection of the most beautiful castles near Paris

There are many castles around Paris. Some are more interesting than others, we have made a selection of the most beautiful castles near Paris. This list is not exhaustive. For each castle we present the pros and cons. The parks of the castles are mostly free, they are a good way to discover a castle and its history. The castles have now become museums, there is always an entrance fee. Most of the time the museums are free on the first Sunday of the month (check on the official websites).

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The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles
The castle out of category. Advantage: one of the most beautiful castles in the world. Cons: it's too big! There are too many people, you have to wait a long time to enter in the palace. Tip: You can visit the beautiful park for free and without any queues. Just take the entrance of the "Boulevard de la Reine" right next to the Trianon Palace.

The castle of Rambouillet

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The castle of Rambouillet
Pros: a beautiful park, very romantic with its canals, access to the park is free. Cons: The castle is located a little far from Paris but there are many trains and it is not far from the railway station.

The castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye

The castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Pros: Beautiful façade of the castle that has just been renovated, very easy access from Paris (RER A), the castle is immediately at the exit of the RER station. Beautiful view of Paris from the park. Cons: the castle museum too classic Tip: you can enter the castle courtyard and visit the chapel without paying the museum entrance.

The castle of Fontainebleau

The castle of Fontainebleau
Pros: very beautiful castle, many rooms to visit in very different styles. The park is beautiful and admission is free. Cons: quite far from Paris, count three quarters of an hour by train from Paris.

The castle of Chantilly

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The castle of Chantilly
Pros: very beautiful castle, many things to visit: the castle, the park, the Stables. Not far from the SNCF station. Cons: the entrance is very expensive, you even have to pay to access the park.

Malmaison Castle.

Malmaison Castle.
Napoleon's castle during his first years of reign. Pros: a beautiful little castle on a human scale with a museum dedicated to Napoleon and his wife Josephine. Cons: it is necessary to walk a half an hour from the RER station of Rueil-Malmaison to reach the castle.

The castle of Monte Cristo

The castle of Monte Cristo
Pros: beautiful castle which was the home of Alexandre Dumas the author of the "Three Musketeers". The visit is short but very interesting. Cons: the castle is not very far from the centre of Paris but it is necessary to have a car.

The Château de Vincennes

The Château de Vincennes
Pros: located just next to Paris, you can go there by metro. One of the rare monuments dating from the Middle Ages in Paris. You can visit the cell of the Marquis de Sade. Not many people.
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