Fontainebleau Travel Guide

  • Chapel Haute de Saint-Saturnin
    Chapel Haute de Saint-Saturnin
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  • Chapel Haute de Saint-Saturnin
    Chapel Haute de Saint-Saturnin
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    Swan enjoying the English gardens
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Fontainebleau Things to Do

  • Visit the Château

    For a self-guided visit of the Château (Palace), they offer a “Grands Appartements” ticket which includes admission to the Papal Apartment, the Renaissance Rooms, the Chapel of Saint Saturnin, the sovereign Grands Appartements, the Diana Gallery and the Napoleon I Museum. As of 2015, this costs eleven Euros, or nine Euros for those who get a...

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  • In the Château

    Since all the old furniture was removed during the French Revolution, what we see now was acquired mainly during the nineteenth century, or from antique dealers in the twentieth.According to the Château’s website, the interior of the Château as we see it today looks “more or less as Napoleon III and Eugenie left it in 1868, with the exception of...

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  • Tapestries

    The Château of Fontainebleau has several large and impressive tapestries on display, especially in the Grand Apartments of the Sovereigns.It took years of patient and highly skilled labor to make tapestries like these, as I found out when I toured the Gobelin manufactory in Paris in the summer of 2013. A few weeks later I had the privilege of...

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  • Bedrooms

    As in Versailles and other royal palaces, the ceremonial bedrooms of the King and Queen are important parts of the Royal Apartments. In Fontainebleau, Napoléon continued this tradition while he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814.Second photo: Bedroom in the Sovereign Grand Apartments.Third photo: Anne of Austria (1601–1666), was actually a...

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  • gardens of Chateau de Fontainebleau

    Wonderful gardens one of my best since younger days coming over from my girlfriend now wife who is from the area. You have four areas to see, the jardin de Diane, jardin Anglais,le Grand Parterre, and the Parc.The garden of Diane, North of the Castle, was raised by Catherine de Medici on a space already built by François Ier and was at the time...

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  • The gardens are spectacular

    I must admit enjoying gardens more than mansions. The gardens at Fontainebleau are divided into several parts, but it seemed to me to be basically two sections. The first section is the very large formal French garden by the chateau. Then you cross a public road (being careful of traffic) to the larger and much more informal English Gardens that...

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  • Ride a carriage through the gardens

    The Attelages de la Forêt company gives 20-minute rides around the Grand Parterre and park areas in carriages drawn by two horses wearing cute crocheted bonnets and leather shoes. We didn't take one but they looked like great fun and the one that passed us had a little dog riding shotgun with the guide. He was stopping so they could take photos and...

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  • Don't miss the Napoleon Museum

    It's pretty difficult to miss anything to do with Napoleon while visiting Fontainebleau. He is a very strong presence there. The furniture was removed during the Revolution but Napoleon decided to make it his Imperial Palace and he took great pains to refurnish it in grand style.There are belongings of the Bonaparte family ranging from a simple...

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  • Don't miss the chapels

    There are three chapels in the chateau and we managed to visit two of them. The Chapel of the Trinity (built for Francis I) is accessible from two levels so you get excellent views of it. The Chapelle Haute Saint-Saturnin was only accessible from the ground floor level and it makes for a rather dramatic visit.There is also a Chapelle Basse...

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  • Visit the Chateau

    The main reason to visit Fontainebleau is to visit the magnificent chateau. It rivals Versaille and has extensive gardens too. There is a Napoleon Museum, some self-guided tours and the chateau offers special tours of areas not normally open to the public. If you plan to do any of the special tours, you should leave early and plan a full day at the...

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  • Theater at Fontainebleau

    This is the theater done by Napoléon III in 1857 because the old salon or salle de la Belle-Cheminée ahd burned during the work, (it was later renovated not open to public,do meetings there now) . The theater was inspired on the royal Opéra at Versailles and was place in a building of the times of king Louis XV thanks to the influence of Gabriel....

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  • Chateau de Fontainebleau -exteriors

    One of the jewels of French castles and of great historical significance. It was my first castle visited in France , long ago, married a woman from nearby. .On first approach from the road the size is not yet realise how big until you see it from the back. The reason it is in a semi circular formation around the place d'armes.The feudal Castle is...

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Fontainebleau Hotels

  • Aigle Noir Hotel

    very nice hotel, excellent service, perfect location, right in the center, close to the palace and...

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  • Londres

    1 pl. du General-de-Gaulle, Fontainebleau, Ile-de-France, 77300, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Le Richelieu

    4 rue Richelieu, Fontainebleau, Ile-de-France, 77300, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Fontainebleau Restaurants

  • Enjoy the tea room

    The tea room is open every day except Tuesday from 1 May to 30 September and from 9.30 AM to 7:00 PM..The entrance is on the ground floor of the Belle Cheminée Wing on the Porte Dorée side which is accessed via the Allée de Maintenon.There are two terraces, one on the Allée de Maintenon and one on the Cour de la Fontaine, where you can enjoy...

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  • Royal Dinner

    The restaurant has Michelin stars and serves high cuisine. You can choose a la carte or take the dinner set, which is cheaper and actually optimal.It was a very elegant, tasty and memorable dinner.

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  • Great lunch after Palace visit

    The restaurant is very nice. Close to the palace. Not too expensive, but it always depends on what you order. It's a bistro with rather casual, family atmoshere. The place got full by 20.30, this is a good sign meaning that bad places are never overcrowded. It is better to make a reservation beforehand. We had oysters. We just loved...

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Fontainebleau Transportation

  • Bus from the station to the palace (and...

    From the train station Fontainebleau-Avon it is easy to get to the palace by taking the local bus # 1 in the direction of “Les Lilas”. If you have a transportation pass such as the Mobilis (day pass) which is good for all five zones, then the bus ride is included in your pass. Otherwise the bus fare is 2 Euros (as of 2014).These are local buses...

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  • Train from Paris to Fontainebleau (and...

    Trains leave the station Gare de Lyon in Paris once or twice an hour, bound for Laroche-Migennes, Montargis, Montereau or Sens (one of these names will be listed on the departure board) with a stop in Fontainebleau-Avon.The Paris station Gare de Lyon has recently been rearranged somewhat, with the opening of “Hall 3”, so you might want to have a...

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  • Take the train to Fontainebleau

    We arrived in Paris armed with two books giving detailed instructions to get to Fontainebleau. Guess what? They were out of date. Good idea to check transportation online rather than rely on a book that may have been researched several years ago.There are several ways to get to Fontainebleau and all are listed on their web site. We have driven...

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Fontainebleau Shopping

  • lovely French antiques

    This shop was just near the entrance to the Fontainebleu chateau complex and the pieces in it that could be seen from the door and front window looked rather impressive - they certainly look very French and fit into the location very well!Cant tell you what the prices were as I knew at the time they didnt fit into my budget travellers budget and I...

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  • Buy Souvenirs!

    Postcards, books on the Kings of France... T-shirts, mugs, CDs, photo prints... the works! Aw.... what the heck. Let your friends laugh at ya and call you a typical tourist... because you are! ;-)

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Fontainebleau Local Customs

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    by gwened Written Oct 4, 2013

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    This is Fontainebleau and we feast the day of Saint Hubert, saint of the hunters, that remind you that here even before there was a castle it was a hunters residence.
    The feast is done every November 4th, at the castle ground and many mounted hunters with their dogs come to the castle to celebrate and a huge Mass is held on the ground. I have participated as I volunteer many times here the region of my wife.

    Also, I must add, on june every year there is the event "Nature et Vénerie en Fête", or nature and hunting in feast close... done in the Grand Parquet àt Fontainebleau, Here there is ,also, a mass to St Hubert. In FRench, but all about this part of the horse hunters tradition at the Grand Parquet,
    http://www.grandparquet.com/infos-pratiques

    This year coming up will have once again plenty of activities for the lucky ones in the area
    Sunday, October 27- from 10h to 17h . Saint Hubert, patron of hunters, With a few days in advance, the Château de Fontainebleau celebrates the patron saint of the hunting and offers a discovery between tradition and modernity.The program of this day
    10 h 15 / 10 h 45 / 11 h 15 / 11 h 4513 h 30 / 14 h / 14 h 30 / 15 h / 15 h 30 / 16 h:

    discovery of the first floor of the apartment of the hunts with a speaker. Duration: 15 minutes. Free for all; withdrawal tickets the same day, in the oval courtyard. Limited number of spaces.
    10: 00: tour in town of a hitch with Pipers of fallopian tubes
    10 h 30: mass and blessing of the nature - Court ova
    l2: 00 pm: conference the wolves through the ages - 1 200th anniversary by Pierre - Francois Prioux, boatswain of the storm rally and lieutenant of wolves-Fontainebleau Hall of columns
    2 pm - 4 pm: presentation of falconry by l'Association La Pierre aux lièvres (subject to weather) - Gallery of flowers
    2 pm - 5 pm: ride ponies - Grand Parterre, bell ringers fallopian hitches - gardens
    15 h 45: return of hunting - allée Maintenon and Court oval
    16 h 30: cold Skylark - Court oval.Free for all. Ponies tour: €1.

    fun for the whole family, don't missed it.

    the mass before the hunt the hunting dogs are ready for the chase the cavaliers are en route for the chase and gwened is attending Mass of the hunters on their way to the hunt in style
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Fontainebleau What to Pack

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    by Krystynn Written Dec 21, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: Fontainebleau is not too far away from Paris and is easily accessible by train, coach and car. Other than the impressive castle, there is really nothing much to do here in this sleepy town.

    The only advice I can give you to bring along an open mind and lots of FILM for your camera. If you're a technophile, bring along your video cam or digital camera! ;-))

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Fontainebleau Off The Beaten Path

  • Municipal theater

    The city of Fontainebleau has a municipal theater which is described on the city’s website as a “symbol of the cultural identity of Fontainebleau.”The theater was built starting in 1905 in a “Louis XIII style that combines brick and stone,” and was inaugurated in 1912. It is not a part of the Château, but is located just across the street from one...

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  • Place Napoléon Bonaparte

    This square in the center of Fontainebleau is named after Napoléon I, who chose the Château of Fontainebleau as an Imperial Residence (one of several) during the First Empire (1804-1814).Napoleon was in Fontainebleau in 1814 when he was deposed, for the first time, and sent into exile on the island of Elba under the terms of the Treaty of...

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  • Place Franklin Roosevelt

    Like many other French cities, Fontainebleau has a square named after the American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945).This is where the Fontainebleau city hall is located, also the post office and the bus stop where you can catch the bus back to the train station Fontainebleau-Avon.Starting in 1953, Fontainebleau was the headquarters...

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Fontainebleau Sports & Outdoors

  • Rock climbing

    Fontainebleau is known worlwide among the rock climbers for its extensive facilities when it comes to rock climbing.The sandstone boulders offer a vast range of difficulty, from very easy (for beginners or mountainering training) to nearly impossible (even for world level competitors).On the same site, you generally see - side by side - sunday...

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  • Beautiful bouldering

    As I stated in my intro this region is a climbers' paradise. Numerous boulders await anyone who's ready to rest his/her abilities. Difficulties range from children's routes to extremely dificult passages for the "happy few". This added to the accessibility and the nature of the area where these boulders are located make it a perfect family holiday...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Fontainebleau Favorites

  • The Edict of Fontainebleau, 1685

    – My least favorite thing about Fontainebleau is that this is where Louis XIV promulgated his infamous “Edict of Fontainebleau” on October 22, 1685, ordering relentless and brutal persecution of the Protestant minority in France.He prefaced this edict with a few kind words for his grandfather, Henri IV, “King Henry the Great, our grandfather of...

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  • The Forest of Fontainebleau, 1559

    My favorite thing about Fontainebleau is the music it inspires at the beginning of the five-act versions of the opera Don Carlos (in French) or Don Carlo (in Italian), by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901).The Spanish prince Don Carlos, alone in the twilight in the wintery forest, sings:Fontainebleau! Immense, lonely forest!Could any gorgeous gardens, full...

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  • Always Fontainebleau

    This is my nostalgic favorite, way back in 1990 was the first property visited with my then girlfriend , today wife. It is her region and she wanted to show me around, it was a great choice. Maybe the castle help falling in love ::)it has been a love affair ever since, we have volunteered to do work and supported it as friends of the castle. The...

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