Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique Travel Guide

  • Coucy le chateau
    Coucy le chateau
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Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique Things to Do

  • Chateau de Coucy

    If you’re looking for history and have a love for castles, a visit to the Chateau de Coucy is highly recommended. Built in the beginning of the 13th century it was once one of Frances largest medieval castles, now unfortunately lies in partial ruins, due to the Germans blowing up the keep in the First World War. However there is a beauty here; I...

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  • See the Ruins of the Donjon

    The most remarkable structure at Coucy is the rubble of the great donjon which no longer exists. It survived all of the way through WW 1, at which point the withdrawing Germans destroyed it and adjacent towers with 28 tons of explosives. The tower had been the largest keep ever recorded, some 35 meters in width and 55 m high. The "monument " is...

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  • See the Few Remaining Details

    The entrance to the castle was once graced by an impressive bas-relief of Enguerrand III vanquishing a lion; a fragment is preserved. The tops of the defensive towers were dismantled by Mazarin to render them militarily useless. (Enguerrand VII had upgraded them to artillery level). The estates and the chateau were acquired by Louis XII when there...

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  • Enter the Chateau Ruins

    The size of the space occupied is impressive and the defenses were sturdy, but little details remains. Of course in the 13C it was not elaborate only large and strong. We noted the arched entrance, a large manorial hall, the bases of the chapel and the deep and sturdy underpinnings as seen in the cellars. with their vaulted ceilings and thick...

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  • Town, Country and Chateau

    We like wandering around ruins and the Coucy experience was followed by a similar one in Jumieges (Normandie). But the sheer pride in power that is manifest here is dominant. It clearly speaks as did its builder, Enguerrand III in the 1200’s : “Rois ne suis, ne Prince, ne Duc, ne Comte aussi. Je suis le Sire de Coucy.” The chateau is built at the...

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  • Go to Prémontré

    Prémontré is know a quite town but in the year 1120 , holy Nobert founded a abbey there .This abbey was the born place for the mum order of Prémontré. It is today an psychiatric hospital.

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  • Hole houses

    In Mons-en-Laonnois, about 20 km from Coucy you can see the Creuttes (hole houses)Some of them are always use today.

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  • Visit the Castle

    The castle doesn't show what it was 100 years ago.The Germans do explosed it in 1917.But it recompense a visit!Price: 4,5 €under 18 years three

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  • Picardie Views

    Because of Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique being situated on a high rocky hill it has commanding views of the surrounding Picardie countryside. Obviously why this place was a very much fought over strategic strong hold over the centuries. This particular photo was taken from the Keep.

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  • A quiet place.............

    The town of Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique itself is very pleasent, most of the buildings are made of the uniform light stone which seem very popular in this area. Along the mainstreet you will find the tourist office, and small local shops.They make the most of the heritage connection with the castle and have medieval banners all over the town to give...

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  • Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique Chateau

    The chateau was partially rebuilt in the 1800s by the famous French architect Eugene Viollett le Duc. His work also includes the fairy tale castle of Pierrefonds and the town hall at Compeigne to name a few.It was the large Keep which was mainly restored and used in the 1st world war by the Germans. In 1917 when they retreated, they blew it up.

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  • Rampart Walks

    Along the south east of the chateau walls is a pleasant walk along the ramparts, towards and around the church if St Saviour. More great views from up here, although the rampart here have been renovated its not wheelchair friendly, because of steps. St Saviours church is well known for its art deco style windows.

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  • Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique Museum

    In a tower at the Gate to Soissons there is a small museum, here you can see a scale model of the Keep, Chateau and the town. Plus there are snippets of history and photographs of how Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique looked before the destruction of 1917.Entrance is free, open between 14:00 and 18:00 daily.

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  • Gate of Laon

    Within the Chateau walls is a modern day town. Today still stands 3 usable town gates, Laon, Chauny and Soissons. The name of each gate relates to the direction the road which runs through it went.

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  • Dungeons

    This is one of the huge dungeons underneath the Chateau, Freya had a wonderful time running around & testing out the accoustics down there! Some of the dungeons are up to 55 meters long.

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Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique Restaurants

  • Good for any euros

    Simply but good food for a low budget ! The menu of the three days we stay:Potage de courgette a la creme de GruyerePintadeau à la NormandeXXXXTarte aux Pommes-Flamiche PicardeSauté de porc aux PruneauxCharlotte aux Framboises XXXX-Rissole de Coucy (speciality) XXXXSteak sauce MaroillesCrème caramelAnd the wine was in the price

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  • Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique

    We just had a snack here, sat outside in the late afternoon September sun. The staff were friendy and the service good. There is also a hotel here. We obviously didnt see the rooms, but the rates were reasonable & the restaurant pleasant.

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  • Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique Vineyard

    There is this small vineyard sits on the south western side of the sloping banks outside the chateau walls. If you enlarge the photo you can see the rose bushes at the end of the rows of vines. Roses are traditionally used to check how healthy the vines are, as roses are very susceptible to disease. I am not sure if these grape are used for wine,...

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  • Kitchen Gardens

    The ancient Kitchen Gardens are at the bottom of the chateau walls. We visited in September so there was not an awful lot growing, I have seen photos of the garden in impressive full growth. The gardens cover an area of 1.3 ha, are worth a visit in season. Entrance to the Kitchen Gardens is free, open May to October.

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    by freya_heaven Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Fondest memory: There are many semi wild goats living in the ruined walls & ramparts around the Chateau. They were quite enquisitive so I am glad they were on the other side of the railings.

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