A large district 35 miles south of Paris, Fontainebleau is one of the country’s unique treasues and is well worth a visit for its scenery as well as for its historic importance. It contains within it the royal palace - the 16th century Château of Fontainebleau - which was the birthplace and deathplace of a number of French royals. Home to Louis VII and Napoleon, amongst others, several important military treaties were signed in the palace. These days, the château is a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is also notable for its magnificient forest, a national park which welcomes 11 million visitors each year, and which is a popular site for bouldering and rockclimbing.
The nearest airport to Fontainbleau is Paris Charles de Gaulle which is 42 miles away. From there, take the train from Gare de Lyon to Fontainebleau-Avon station and the château is a short bus ride away on Line 1. The castle is open from 9.30am to 5pm from October to March and from 9.30am to 6pm during the rest of the year. It is closed on Tuesdays. General entry costs €11 but it’s worth getting the €14 ticket which includes a guided tour.
If you’re a sports enthusiast, make sure you visit Fontainebleau’s jeu de paume (real tennis) court. It’s one of only two in France and still retains many of the original features dating back to 1812.
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There are plenty of activities and sights around Paris and the Fontainebleau district: immerse yourself in nature on a wildlife tour of Fontainebleau Forest; see the Forest and Castle from above during a hot air balloon ride over the area; or discover the historic town by bike.
If you’re looking for more information about Fontainebleau, please visit the château website, where you’ll be able to find out about restaurants and climbing destinations in the area, as well as info about the INSEAD business school, general reviews and more facts about the château.
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