Side Trips from Paris

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  • 1. Château de Compiègne

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The 18th-century Château de Compiègne, where the future Louis XVI first met Marie-Antoinette in 1770, was restored by Napoléon I and favored...Read More

  • 2. Château de Courances

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    Framed by majestic avenues of centuries-old plane trees, Château de Courances's style is Louis Treize, although its finishing touch—a horseshoe...Read More

  • 3. Château de Fontainebleau

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    The glorious Château de Fontainebleau was a pinnacle of elegance and grandeur more than 100 years before the rise of Versailles. The château...Read More

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  • 4. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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    The high-roof Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, partially surrounded by a moat, is set well back from the road behind iron railings topped with sculpted...Read More

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  • 5. Château de Versailles

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    A two-century spree of indulgence by the consecutive reigns of three French kings produced two of the world's most historic landmarks: gloriously...Read More

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  • 6. La Malmaison

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    Built in 1622, La Malmaison was bought by the future empress Joséphine in 1799 as a love nest for Napoléon and herself, three years after their...Read More

  • 7. Château de Dampierre

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The stone-and-brick Château de Dampierre, surrounded by a moat and set well back from the road, was rebuilt in the 1670s by Hardouin-Mansart...Read More

  • 8. Château de Maintenon

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    This regal structure once belonged to Louis XIV's second wife, Françoise Scarron—better known as Madame de Maintenon—whom he married morganatically...Read More

  • 9. Château de Rambouillet

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    Surrounded by a magnificent 36,000-acre forest, this elegant château is a popular spot for biking and walking. Most of the structure dates to...Read More

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  • 10. Château de St-Germain-en-Laye

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    Next to the St-Germain RER train station, this stone-and-brick château, with its dry moat, intimidating circular towers, and La Grande Terrasse...Read More

  • 11. Château de Thoiry

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    Thoiry's showpiece is the Château de Thoiry, built by Philibert de l'Orme in 1564. Its handsome Renaissance facade is set off by gardens landscaped...Read More

  • 12. Château du Prieuré

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    A stroll through this magnificent, newly renovated 19th-century château and its superb park and gardens makes for a lovely afternoon....Read More

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