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