A journey back in time

The Château de Fontainebleau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the only castle inhabited by all the French sovereigns from the 12th to the 19th century. A unique experience awaits visitors who wish to follow in their footsteps.

Fontainebleau: A unique castle in France!

The complexity of its architecture and the diversity of its décor bear witness to the times and tastes of the sovereigns who lived there. Strolling through the galleries, admiring the frescoes and stuccoes from the Renaissance, walking through the row of the King’s or Queen’s Apartments and discovering the solemnity of the Throne Room are all stages on this journey into the heart of history.

Each room resonates with the memory of the rulers and their court. Following the example of François I, Henri IV, Louis XIII and Louis XV, Napoleon I also wanted to leave his mark on Fontainebleau by restoring the castle in the aftermath of the Revolution. His apartments and the museum dedicated to him are priceless testimonies of this imperial past. Fontainebleau presents Renaissance masterpieces, the refined interiors of Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon I’s ceremonial apartment as well as the ‘comfortable’ furnishings desired by Napoleon III and Eugenie.

These monarchs were also aesthetes and invited the best artists of their time to shape this palace where family life, court life and the exercise of power mingled. Here we relive the stays of the Sun King, the royal wedding of Louis XV and even Napoleon I’s legendary Farewell to the Old Guard on the Horseshoe Staircase. You can also imagine the balls at the time of Catherine de Medici, the walks of Marie-Antoinette in the gardens designed by Le Nôtre, the fireworks on the carp pond or the water jousting on the Grand Canal.

According to Napoleon, Fontainebleau was the ‘true home of kings’. This castle embodies, like no other, the convergence of pleasure and power, intimacy and politics. Walking through its galleries and gardens, visitors witness eight hundred years of art and history unfolding over the course of a day.

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Opening hours

The chateau

The chateau is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
From October to March: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (last access at 4:15 pm).
From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

Following the recent government announcements, a valid health pass is necessary to enter the chateau for all visitors 18 years old and older. The gardens and courtyards are accessible without green pass or valid health pass. Visitors 11 years old and older must wear a mask. The Chateau of Fontainebleau looks forward to welcoming you for your visit while respecting the health measures put into place (except the Chinese Museum, closed until further notice).

The Ballroom will be closed for visiting on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of September on the afternoon for the Balthasar Neumann ensemble concert, directed by Thomas Hengelbrock.

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