Château de Fontainebleau

History of Château de Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau (Palace of Fontainebleau) is located 60km south of Paris. The beautiful complex of the palace started its history as a small hunting lodge in 12th century. In 1528 François I replaced the lodge with a palace in Renaissance style. During the next centuries the building was subsequently enlarged and rebuild by the French monarchs. Château de Fontainebleau was the place where Napoleon I signed his first abdication on April 6, 1814.

The garden of Château de Fontainebleau consists of three smaller gardens (Diane’s garden, the English garden, the Grand Parterre) and a forest. Diane’s garden was the private garden of Queen Catherine de Medici. In the center of the garden you can find a fountain dedicated to the Diane (goodness of the hunt). The English garden was first planted with pine during the reign of François I and later in the nineteen century redesigned in English style. The Grand Parterre was designed by André Le Nôtre. With beautiful ponds and fountains it is a great place for a walk.

Tips for visiting Château de Fontainebleau

  • If you wonder how to get to the palace, check out this detailed guide.
  • The palace is also accessible by foot from the train station of Fontainebleau (if you want to use a bus see the link above). There are signs and it will take you about 30min.
  • After visiting the palace don’t skip the town of Fontainebleau – it is a lovely little town.
  • There are theme and family visits organized by the palace in which you can find out more about the château. For more information click here.
  • This is the shooting place of Lana Del Rey’s song “Born to Die”.

Useful information
Address: 77300 Fontainebleau
Access: more info
Opening hours:
Every day except Tuesday
From October to March: 09:30 AM – 05:00 PM
From April to September: 09:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Admission:
The palace: 11 EUR (more info)
The palace is covered by the Museum pass
The gardens: free
Web site: info

Château de Fontainebleau
The palace from the outside

Palace of Fontainebleau

The Napoleon I Museum
The Napoleon I Museum
The Napoleon I Museum
The Napoleon I Museum

Château de Fontainebleau

The Gallery of Francis I
The Gallery of Francis I
The Grand Apartments
The Grand Apartments
The Gallery of Diana
The Gallery of Diana

Château de Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau

The Grand Apartments
The Grand Apartments
The Chapel of the Trinity
The Chapel of the Trinity
The palace from the outside
The palace from the outside
Gardens of the palace
Gardens of the palace
Gardens of the palace
Gardens of the palace
The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal
Gardens of the palace
Gardens of the palace
View of the palace from the gardens
View of the palace from the gardens

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