A medieval castle built by the architect Viollet-le-Duc
Pierrefonds Castle

Pierrefonds Castle

It was built at the end of the 14th century by Duke Louis d'Orléans, then dismantled in the 17th century. Only the ramparts remain. Napoleon I bought it back. And it was Napoleon III who entrusted the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc with the reconstruction of this ruined castle. It is a castle reinvented by Viollet-le-Duc, in a Gothic style, which will make it an ideal castle as it would have existed in the Middle Ages.

The visit of the castle of Pierrefonds:

  • This castle is a castle-museum. It was the wish of Napoleon III...
  • It is a polychrome castleThe colour is still very present (friezes, ornamental details, frescoes...).
  • Outside the castle Double ramparts, loopholes, machicolations, watchtowers (stone sentry boxes at the corners of castles, bastions, to keep watch), the keep and the eight towers of the castle
  • Inside the castle : painted and sculpted decorations, gargoyles, a walkway, the basement which shelters tombs, furniture, the armory...
  • In the dungeonyou will see furniture designed by Viollet-le-Duc
  • Attention: it takes about 20 minutes to walk to reach the entrance of the castle.

Visiting with children:

  • Children love the Middle Ages and the stories of knights and princesses... Pierrefonds castle will please them!
  • Think of download the children's booklet before your visit

Free for -18 and -26 years old EU residents

Cheap outings
(-10€ adult ticket price)

Practical information

View schedule details Every day From June 13 to September 4, from 9:30 am to 1:8 am From September 5 to April 30, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Last access 45 minutes before closing time Park closes at 6pm Closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th

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