Carcassonne Tourist Traps

  • The main gate of Château Comtal.
    The main gate of Château Comtal.
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  • Paulien is waiting to get in.
    Paulien is waiting to get in.
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  • A model of the entire city of Carcassonne.
    A model of the entire city of...
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    Château Comtal - An one hour walk.

    by Jerelis Updated Sep 12, 2011

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    The medieval city of Carcassonne is situated on a highpoint overlooking the Aude river. It's generally known for its fortified medieval town, but we ended up at the Château Comtal. Our walk over the defensive structure, the towers, inner courts, the museum (the Centre for National Monuments) and of course the unavoidable souvenir shop took us a bit less than an hour. I must say that it was a nice walk and we enjoyed what we saw, but it wasn't the absolute 'must see' we thought that it was in advance. But anyway ... we learned some nice historical fact from the descriptive panels that are around the castle, in both French and English.

    The outer defensive walls and the barbican of the chateau Comtal are French, added in the thirteenth century, and all of it was heavily restored in the nineteenth century. Before the French period it was home to the distinctive Occitan concept of paratge, as well as to the rich culture of the troubadours and the Cathars. But after this historical experience it was just time for a nice cold drink!

    Individual Prices 2011:
    * Adult: €8,50
    * Child (under 18): free

    Address:
    1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne.

    The kids are enjoying the defensive structures. Just waiting at a tower. Overview at the castle.
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    Château Comtal - The outer ramparts.

    by Jerelis Updated Sep 12, 2011

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    When we were inside the Château Comtal we first had a good look at the main plaza and saw that castle is joined with the outer ramparts. The Cité's outer ramparts, complete with turrets, towers, and crenellations, were built during the reign of Louis IX. His son, Philip III, continued the work and he also added a main gate, called the Porte Narbonnaise, to the inner walls. It's fun to walk over this defensive structure and it also gives you some beautiful panoramic view over the landscape surrounding the medieval city of Carcassonne.

    But anyway ... during our walk over the walls and inside the building we learned that Château Comtal is a 12th century castle and belonged to the Viscounts. The castle itself is located within the Cité's ramparts and its fortifications are among Europe's finest medieval remains. You can take a guided tour, but don't expect too much by way of historical expertise. You can also take a free audio guide with you, but you must take notice of the fact that you must imagine that it is so crowded, that you just can’t stop everywhere and listen to your audio set without getting pushed against or without having an angry tourist looking at you to hurry up.

    Address:
    1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne.

    Beautiful defensive structure in Ch��teau Comtal. A model of the entire city of Carcassonne. View from Ch��teau Comtal at the outer ramparts.
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    Château Comtal - Count’s Castle.

    by Jerelis Updated Sep 12, 2011

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    To us Carcassonne was just one of those must see places. We knew that the medieval city of Carcassonne was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Whenever we arrived we saw that the amazing fortifications of the medieval city of Carcassonne kept the marks of 1000 years of military architecture and of 2600 years of History. We entered the city via the Narbonaisse Gate (the main gate) and walked our way straight to the Château Comtal. We were quite early and knowing that this beautiful castle within the city is quite a tourist trap we immediately had a go at it. Remember that you can visit the medieval cite for free, but have to pay an entry fee to get into the Château Comtal. When we arrived we found out that we were right, it was around 10 o'clock in the morning and we only had a few people wating in front of the line. Job well done :)

    During this wait we were given a small brochure with some historicla fact about the castle; although the outer curtain wall of the cité is French, and the whole site has been substantially restored, the Château Comtal has a strong claim to be called a "Cathar Castle". When the Catholic Crusader army arrived in 1209 they first attacked Raymond-Roger Trencavel's castrum at Bèziers and then moved on to his main stronghold at Carcassonne.

    Address:
    1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne.

    The main gate of Ch��teau Comtal. Paulien is waiting to get in. The inner plaza of Ch��teau Comtal.
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    Shops and Restaurants in the Cité

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 24, 2007

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    Much of what is for sale inside the Cité is designed with the tourist in mind and hence the prices can be high. This is especially so with the shops on the street just inside the main entrance.

    Fun Alternatives: I would recommend you buy things like souvenirs in the Ville Basse. It's also much cheaper to eat here.

    Main street in the Cit�� de Carcassonne

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    Tourist office closed for lunch!!!! Be prepared!!

    by leosantanajr Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Please carry your own map before getting to Carcassonne…..
    It was really disappointing to find the office the tourisme (it’s really outside the train station, crossing the bridge) closed by 13:30h….Maybe they close for lunch….
    I had to wait until 14:20 or something, to get their advice….lost almost one our…..

    Fun Alternatives: I would suggest you to print the maps from the official Carcassonne web page: http://www.carcassonne.org

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    Parking lot: stay short or long!

    by davidlop Written Jun 30, 2005

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    Parking is only allowed into designated places, and you have to pay for it. First half an hour is free... but who stays for less than half an hour!? So then, you pay more than three euros for just one minute past the first thirty!
    Not to mention that it may take you ten minutes to find an empty place to park...

    Unique Suggestions: As you will pay for sure, just try to get the maximum of the time you will pay for: it goes in hour increments, don't get late for one minute to pay another hour, use 50 minutes of your hour at least!!!

    Fun Alternatives: Unhopefully, no alternatives in this place, maybe come on foot, but then maybe is better to pay the parking lot, isn't it? (it's a long walk from anywhere). Or get some public transportation...

    Parking lots

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    Promenades en Bateau - not for the easily bored!

    by Waoife Written Sep 24, 2003

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    Not exactly a tourist trap but not worth the cost in my opinion, Pormenades en Bateau is a canal trip that leaves from just outside the railway station. At a cost of €10 per adult for a 2 hour trip it's a bit expensive plus you don't actually get much of a view of Carcassonne from the boat.

    Instead you get to see the high walls of the canal before heading out into the country. The commentry is mainly a long and pretty boring history of the canal itself. The highlight of the trip is probably going through the canal locks as it's interesting to see how they actually work.

    Unique Suggestions: This is an ideal way to spend a few hours if you're feeling lazy and want to get out of Carcassonne for a few hours - the most exciting thing that's likely to happen is meeting a few ducks along the way ;-)

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    • Sailing and Boating

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    Mind your wallet

    by Renteboy Written Apr 8, 2006

    Where a lot of tourist are a lot of people are taking advantages of it.
    I mean you cash may be taken legally (due to all of the expensive shops/museums) or by theft!

    Unique Suggestions: Yust be carefull

    Fun Alternatives: Use your mind!

    Carcassonne

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