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: some double ramparts, , murderous, machicolation, from the watchtowers (stone guardhouse at the corners of castles, bastions, to keep watch), the dungeon and the eight turns castle
- Inside the castle: painted and sculpted decors, gargoyles, a parapet walkthe basement that houses tomb...furniture, armoury…
- In the dungeon, you will see furniture designed by Viollet-le-Duc
- Attention: it takes about 20 minutes to walk to reach the entrance of the castle.
THE VISIT OF THE CASTLE OF PIERREFONDS 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
PIERREFONDS, MOVIE SET
- Numerous films were shot in Pierrefonds: "Joan of Arc" by Luc Besson, "Les Visiteurs 2" with Christian Clavier, the successful English series "Merlin" by the BBC, "The Man in the Iron Mask" with Leonardo di Caprio.
- Also the film "Peau d'âne" in 1970 or "Papy fait de la résistance", a film by Jean Poiré.
EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED AT THE CHÂTEAU DE PIERREFONDS
- CARRIED FORWARD TO 2021: The Empress' Ball
- CARRIED FORWARD TO 2021: The exhibition "Eugenie, Empress of Fashion"
HOW DO I GET TO PIERREFONDS CASTLE?
- From Paris Take A 1, exit n° 9, then the D 200 towards Compiègne and then the D 973
- From Lille From A 1, exit n° 11, then the D 935 to Compiègne and the D 973.
- From Reims take the N 31 towards Compiègne then D 335
- From Rouen Take the N 31 to Compiègne, then the D 973.
- Free parking on rue Sabatier, 10 minutes from the castle.
- Minute drop-off on the esplanade for people with reduced mobility (2 parking spaces for people with reduced mobility on the esplanade)