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Ile-de-France Sights

Parc du Château

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Updated 03/17/2014

Fodor's Review

An extensive park—complete with island-dotted lake—stretches behind the château. Within it is the Laiterie de la Reine (Queen's Dairy), built for Marie-Antoinette: inspired by the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, she came here to escape from the pressures of court life, pretending to be a simple milkmaid. It has a small marble temple and grotto and, nearby, the shell-lined Chaumière des Coquillages (Shell Pavilion). The Bergerie Nationale (National Sheepfold) is the site of a more serious agricultural venture: the merinos raised here, prized for the quality and yield of their wool, are descendants of sheep imported from Spain by Louis XVI in 1786. A museum alongside tells the tale and evokes shepherd life.

Sight Information

Address:

Rambouillet, 78120, France

Sight Details:

  • Dairy and Shell Pavilion €6; Sheepfold €6
  • Wed., Sat., Sun., and holidays 2–6

Updated 03/17/2014

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