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Paris: Château de Vincennes Entry Ticket

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Discover the famous Château de Vincennes, a massive 14th and 17th-century royal fortress on the outskirts of eastern Paris. Learn about this impressive building's history as a former prison and then a barracks and arsenal during the era of Napoleon.
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  • Visit the historic Château de Vincennes, a symbol of contemporary France
  • Climb the stairs up to the 52-meter tall medieval keep
  • Learn about France's history from the 14th-century to the present day
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Take the short journey to the suburbs of eastern Paris and arrive at the impressive Château de Vincennes, a true symbol of the modern French state. Discover how this historic was built in the 14th-century to affirm the power of the monarchy, guarding the capital and protecting the kings against uprisings. The Château was at the heart of the French monarchy until 1682, when Louis XIV chose to settle in Versailles. 

Climb the stairs into the keep, a 52-meter fortified tower which is the tallest of its kind in Europe. The keep was used as a prison from the 16th up to the 19th-century. See the rooms where Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau were held and where King Henry V died.

Find out how, under Napoleon I, the building was transformed into a barracks and arsenal, and the fortress protected Paris during invasions in the 19th-century. Now, the building is considered to be a place of national remembrance, that was restored after suffering extensive damage during the Second World War. The Château de Vincennes now houses the historical services of the 3 French armed forces.
  • Entrance ticket
  • 1.5-hour guided tour in French (everyday: 10:30 AM, 2:15 PM, 3 PM - no reservation required)
  • Self-guided tours
  • Visitors guide in several languages included augmented reality terminal in Charles V's study
What’s Not Included
  • Guide
  • Food & drinks
  • Transport

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Château of Vincennes, Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France

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What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• Entrance is free of charge for children under 18 years old and EU citizens under 26 years old with valid ID
• Entrance is free of charge on European heritage days, which are the third weekend of September and the first Sunday of January, February, March, November, and December
• Open from September 22nd to May 20th: 10 AM to 5 PM daily, and from May 21st to September 21st: 10 AM to 6 PM daily
• Closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st & 11th and December 25th
• The Sainte-Chapelle of the castle will be closed from March 30-May 6
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