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Paris: Château de Vincennes Entry Ticket169 Reviews
Discover the famous Château de Vincennes, a massive 14th and 17th-century royal fortress on the outskirts of eastern Paris. Learn about this impressive building's history as a former prison and then a barracks and arsenal during the era of Napoleon.
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- Visit the historic Château de Vincennes, a symbol of contemporary France
- Climb the stairs up to the 52-meter tall medieval keep
- Learn about France's history from the 14th-century to the present day
DescriptionTake the short journey to the suburbs of eastern Paris and arrive at the impressive Château de Vincennes, a true symbol of the modern French state. Discover how this historic Château was built in the 14th-century to affirm the power of the monarchy, guarding the capital and protecting the kings against uprisings. The Château was at the heart of the French monarchy until 1682, when Louis XIV chose to settle in Versailles. Climb the stairs into the keep, a 52-meter fortified tower which is the tallest of its kind in Europe. The keep was used as a prison from the 16th up to the 19th-century. See the rooms where Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau were held and where King Henry V died. Find out how, under Napoleon I, the building was transformed into a barracks and arsenal, and the fortress protected Paris during invasions in the 19th-century. Now, the building is considered to be a place of national remembrance, that was restored after suffering extensive damage during the Second World War. The Château de Vincennes now houses the historical services of the 3 French armed forces.
IncludesEntrance ticket Guided tour in French (everyday at 2:15 PM and 3 PM, no reservation required) Self-guided tours Visitors guide in several languages included augmented reality terminal in Charles V's study
- Admission is free for those under 18 and visitors under 26 with EU ID
- To have access to the monument free of charge, visitors under 18 years of age or EU citizens under 26 must show a photo ID with a picture at the ticketing station first before going to the entrance of the monument
- Opening hours: From May 21 to September 22: 10am - 6pm; From September 23 to May 20: 10am - 5pm
- Last entry into the castle is 45 minutes before the indicated closing time
- Closed on January 1, May 1, and December 25
- Free entrance: The first Sunday of January, February, March, November and December and during European Heritage Days (3rd weekend of September each year)