Compiègne Travel Guide

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Compiègne Things to Do

  • ARMISTICE CLEARING

    The end of World War I....Little bit difficult to find. Free car park. Couple of Euros to get in the musuem. Interesting for kids too.This is where the German surrender was accepted by Marshal Foch, in a railway carriage, on the 11th November 1918. Thereafter the date was called Armistice Day. I presume the date wasn’t called that already, and the...

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  • Chateau de Compiegne

    We were lucky that there was just the 4 of us and 2 others being guided around this beautiful chateau. The cost was very cheap and for kids under 18 free! Because we were a small group we were able to view the bathroom of Josephine, which you wouldn't normally see with a big group as it's a small room. There are some beautiful gardens that are free...

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  • Compiegne Chateau

    The impressive Chateau at Compiegne was built between 1755 and 1799. During the French Revolution the chateau was internally stripped but luckily the exteriour was left pretty much untouched.This was one of the last of the royal palaces to be inhabited, built on the instructions of Louis XV by the architect Angel-Jacques Gabriel.

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  • Lots of relics

    Relics at the Church of St. Jacques, Compiegne. A really astounding collection of relics, there must be dozens of them! Apparently, much of these ended up here from several churches or abbeys in the neighbourhood in the wake of the French Revolution.

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  • Church of St Jacques

    Church of St Jacques, Compiegne ; this is where Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, came to pray on the day she was arrested during the Hundred Years' War.

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  • Clairiere de L'Armistice

    There is a small war museum here, which is very interesting. 100s of photos taken in the trenches, it really brings it home what these men went though and the awful living conditions. This is where both Armistice agreements were actually signed.Admission was about 2 euros open 09:00 to noon, then 14:00 to 17:30.

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  • Joan of Arc

    Joan of Arc was an incredible woman, at the age of 12 she began hearing voices to rid France of the English, by dressing as a man and wageing war. At the age of 17 in 1429 after various battles she and her troups had a great victory over the English. Joan had risen through the ranks so much, that she even sat next to Charles VII at his...

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  • The Armistice Clearing

    Clairiere de L'Armistace is where world war 1 officially ended, in a railway carriage, in ths clearing of the beautiful Forest of Compiegne. The armistace was signed at 11.00 on the 11th November, 1918.In 1940, June the 22nd in the exact same railway car the French signed the armistice which acknowleged the German conquest of France.The Railway car...

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  • St Jacques

    The Church of St Jacques built in two stages, firstly in the 13th century and then again in the 18th is famous for its beautiful stained glass windows.On the morning she was captured Joan of Arc came here to paey in 1430.This is a most attractive church both internally and exterally, the high vaulted ceiling is wonderful. An internal photo is in...

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  • The Old Cassine

    This wonderful old timber frame building dates back to the 15th century. One of the oldest half timber frame buildings in the area.Later in the 18th century it was home to the chief boatman (Maitres du Pont), who controlled the river traffic on the River Oise.

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  • Compiegne

    The city centre of Compiegne is buzzing even on a week day. Plenty of cafes and shops here, even some you will have heard of. I guess this is for the Parisians who land in the city at the weekend. There is quite a mix of traditionally stone built, modern and even timber frame buildings.

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  • Clock Tower

    On top of the Hotel du Ville, the Bell in the belfry above the clock tower, dates back to a communal bell which was melted and re-shaped in the 1303.

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Compiègne Restaurants

  • Brasserie Parisienne

    Zut, the French cuisine, it never ceases to surprise you - at times excellent, but this was quite a surprise! I started off with a bowl of onion soup that tasted real good, but for our main course we were served a lump of cold (!) meat - still don't know what that was ...

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  • Gorgeous Village Auberge

    Auberge du Daguet is an asthetically pleasing place, both inside and out. Unfortunately they were not serving food at the time we were in the village of Vieux Moulin. The menu, if a touch expensive looked very appetising, even had vegetarian options! I would definately eat here if I was in the area again.

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Compiègne Local Customs

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    Boules, Compiegne

    by freya_heaven Written Oct 29, 2004

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    The French game of Boules is also known as Petaneque.

    The object of the game is to throw your ball as close the target ball (cochonnet) as possible. the closest wins.

    This is not just a local custom in Compeigne, but all over France it is common to see the French, usually old men playing in parks.

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Compiègne Off The Beaten Path

  • Park Sangions

    We had a map from the tourist information office and it had a town trail that we followed. It led us to this lovely park that we hadn't seen before following this trail!

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  • Vieux Moulin

    This is another picturesque little village we happened across, looks quite a wealthy little place, didn't see any deralict places here. With Vieux Moulin being only a a few km south east of Compiegne I imagine it is a commuter area.If your passing, its worth a wander around the quiet streets, the church, built in 1860 was quite an unusual style and...

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  • Five Km Walk

    All the way from the Chateau in Compiegne there is clearing through the forest to Beau Monts (Beautiful Mountain). It is possibe to walk all the way. From the top are wonderful views of the surrounding area. This is called to 5km walk!The Forest of Compiegne for centuries was the hunting ground for French Royalty. If we were up and about early...

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Compiègne Sports & Outdoors

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    Compiegne Forest Signpost

    by freya_heaven Written Oct 29, 2004

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    The beautiful forest of Compiegne is one of Frances oldest woodlands. Very popular with walkers, horseriders and cyclists both on and off road. The is 150 square km for you to explore. Many signed footpaths and gorgeous woodland walks.

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