Side Trips from Paris Sights

Château de Rambouillet

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Fodor's Review

Surrounded by a magnificent 36,000-acre forest, this elegant château is a popular spot for biking and walking. Most of the structure dates from the early 18th century, but the brawny Tour François-Ier (François I Tower), named for the king who died here in 1547, was part of a fortified castle that earlier stood on this site. Highlights include the wood-panel apartments, especially the Boudoir de la Comtesse (Countess's Dressing Room); the marble-wall Salle de Marbre (Marble Hall), dating from the Renaissance; and the Salle de Bains de Napoléon (Napoléon's Bathroom), adorned with Pompeii-style frescoes. Compared to the muscular forecourt, the château's lakeside facade is a scene of unsuspected serenity and, as flowers spill from its balconies, cheerful informality. Guided visits in English are available on the hour (10–5) by reservation.

Sight Information


Rambouillet, 78120, France



Sight Details:

  • €8.50
  • Wed.–Mon. 10–noon and 2–6


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