Historical Reenactments Reconstitutions historiques

Immersive weekend : Napoleon’s farewell to his guard

Du 20 April
au 21 April

On April 20 and 21, come and enjoy a weekend of historical re-enactments ! 210 years later, the château will bring to life Napoleon I’s farewell to his guard. Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to step back in time and relive the period of the Twenty Days leading up to and culminating in the collapse of the Empire.

Reconstitutions historiques week-end immersif Napoléon et sa garde

A historic weekend  

In 2024, the château de Fontainebleau celebrates the 210th anniversary of Napoleon I’s abdication. The cour d’Honneur of the château is also known as the “cour des Adieux”, because it was at the foot of its Horseshoe Staircase that Napoleon I bid farewell to the Guard on 20 April 1814 before leaving for exile on the island of Elba. To mark the occasion, we invite you to step back in time and relive the twenty days leading up to and including the collapse of the Empire.

Twenty decisive days, between 31 March and 20 April 1814, marked the end of the Napoleonic era and shaped the future of France and Europe. A veritable political and military soap opera, these twenty days were the scene of complex and exciting negotiations between Napoleon I’s general staff and Tsar Alexander I, crucial exchanges between the European coalition forces and the Emperor, who had retreated to Fontainebleau, military intrigues and political U-turns.

Week-end immersif Napoléon au château de Fontainebleau
Reconstitutions immersives dans la chapelle de la Trinité du château de Fontainebleau

During this unique weekend, more than 250 passionate re-enactors, surrounded by a team of actors, will bring this period of history to life.

Military demonstrations in the château’s gardens and courtyards, the setting up of a Napoleonic bivouac and the staging of everyday life in the early 19th century through the presence of small tradesmen in the English garden, reenactment of the famous scene of Napoleon I’s farewell to his loyal soldiers in the cour d’Honneur, and scenes played out in the rooms of the château de Fontainebleau to tell the story behind this historic moment !

It’s an unforgettable experience that will give us a better understanding of this key moment in French history, shed light on the great political and military figures who marked this period, and remind us that history shapes the contemporary world.




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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 pm (last access at 4.15 pm).

From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

The park and gardens are open, under the usual conditions, free of charge.

The restaurant is open every day for lunch (exceptionally closed on Tuesdays until the end of March, except on Tuesdays 13th and 20th, February).

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