Discover the Château and ramparts of Carcassone: see a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the…
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I think we were ahead of two people so wouldn't bother to 'skip' the queue again. The guide was of limited use and did not appear to clearly follow the route signposted. We are not young and when we walked the northern (Gallo-Roman) ramparts we were somewhat distressed to find that there was no way out at the end and that we had to retrace our steps. We were not the only discomfited visitors - not a good end to what had been an interesting visit. Also not helped by a very off-hand staff member at the gate who seemed totally unconcerned.
This is just a ticket to get in, use it any time of the given day. For a small price premium it does avoid a really long ticket line. Most of Carcossonne (the medieval city) is a shopping bazaar (which is fun and interesting), but the really interesting part is castle and ramparts, which require a ticket. The only disadvantage is that you are locked in to a given day by buying the ticket ahead of time, and you could just show up and buy a ticket (there doesn't seem to be any limit).
Most of the information is in French and it would help if the best / correct route through was clearer but every turn had an amazing new view to take in
Carcassonne is a very interesting place. There are too many touristy souvenir shops though.