A Source of Inspiration

Fontainebleau’s 800 year history has been the scene of family life and unparalleled luxury for French rulers. Over the centuries, the castle has also been a source of inspiration for its occupants, artists and today’s visitors.


The kings of France played host to the greatest artists of their time in Fontainebleau. The sheer number of influences in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture or decorative arts have made Fontainebleau an incomparable creative venue since the Renaissance. Through their works, Renaissance painters glorified the senses and beauty. The following generations of artists have in turn applied their talents to this house that has inspired many masterpieces.

The solemnity of the Throne Room, the dominance of François Ist Gallery, the majesty of the Imperial Theatre and the sumptuous décor of the Turkish Boudoir have been admired by all those who have visited or stayed in them. In fact, the castle lives and breathes when the court takes up residence there – the Fontainebleau get away. A hunting residence since the Middle Ages, Fontainebleau was also a place of entertainment for a court in search of luxury: balls, concerts, plays, fireworks are laid on by the rulers during grand celebrations.

Daily life was divided into walks in the gardens or boating on the waters of the Grand Canal and the Etang aux Carpes (Carp Pond).

Just like the courtiers of old, visitors are invited to experience a unique environment where pleasure, rest and relaxation come together. Let yourself be taken in by Fontainebleau’s spirit and you will understand why the place has been a source of inspiration to its visitors eight centuries.

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Horaires d'ouvertures

Le château

Le château est ouvert tous les jours, sauf le mardi, le 1er janvier, le 1er mai et le 25 décembre.

D’octobre à mars: 9h30 à 17h00 (dernier accès à 16h15).

D’avril à septembre: 9h30 à 18h00 (dernier accès à 17h15).

Le port du masque est obligatoire à partir de 11 ans.

Ouverture exceptionnelle du château le 14 juillet !

Le circuit de visite est entièrement accessible, à l'exception du musée Napoléon Ier et du musée Chinois. À titre compensatoire, la sortie se fait par la cour Ovale, exceptionnellement ouverte pour l'occasion.

Venir au château

Calcul de l'itinéraire jusqu'au Château de Fontainebleau