Fontainebleau is the only castle inhabited by all the sovereigns from the 12th to the 19th century, and the most furnished of the French royal castles. With over 1,500 rooms, it features Renaissance masterpieces commissioned by Francis I, the lavishly decorated interiors of Marie Antoinette, the state apartment of Napoleon I, the styles preferred by Napoleon III and Eugenie… A royal residence for hunting and getting away from it all, it tells us all about the monarchs’ official and intimate court life.The unguided visit of the castle includes the Napoleon I Museum and the Grands Appartements.
An additional ticket is required for entry to the Chinese Museum. The Imperial Theatre, the Petits Appartements, Madame de Maintenon’s Apartments and the Turkish Boudoir can only be seen on guided tours.
Expect to spend about 2 hours visiting the château.
The castle 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).
Wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 11.
The tour is fully accessible, except for the Napoleon I and Chinese museums. As a compensation, the exit is through the Oval Court, exceptionally open for the occasion.
It is not necessary to reserve a visit slot for the castle or the gardens.