The central location of Paris is one of the best things about the city. Spending time in the capital city is a rewarding experience. However, the hustle and bustle of the city can be exhausting for tourists on Paris walking tours. Fortunately, there are some interesting and charming castles around the city, which you can visit in your Paris tours to experience life in a fairytale. If you would like to broaden your horizon and check out these gems, make sure to add these places in your Paris walking tours itinerary.
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Château is the French term for castle. The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomteis said to have been the inspiration behind Versailles. Therefore, it will be a good idea to checkout out the beauty of this castle before visiting the Versailles. The castle is located in Maincy, thirty-four miles south of the city of Paris.
If you plan to get to the place by train, you will have to take the direct train Line P (Provins) from the station Gare de l’Est and get off at the Verneuil l’Etang station. You can get direct trains every hour and it will take about thirty-five minutes to reach the station. You can catch the “Châteaubus” that takes tourists from the station to the castle.
Château de Fontainebleau
This is one of the largest royal castles in France and was the home of many French emperors like Napoleon III and Louis VII. The castle is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, located thirty-five miles east of Paris at Fontainebleau. This castle is the only royal château that was steadily lived in for 7 centuries. Some of the famous French dynasties like Valois, Bonaparte, Capétiens, Bourbons, and Orléans have lived in this castle.
The trip to the castle can take about an hour. To reach the castle, you need to take the train for either Laroche-Migennes or Montargis Sens and get off at the Fontainebleau-Avon station. From the station, you can take the Ligne 1 bus going to Les Lilas and get off at Château stop.
Chantilly and its Château
The town of Chantilly is famous for the Chantilly lace, the Chantilly cream and its castle. The town is located twenty-four miles northeast of the city of Paris. It is a fifty minutes journey to the castle. You need to take the RER line D from the Gare du Nord station and get off at Chantilly-Gouvieux. After getting off at the station, you can take the free bus to “Domaine” and get down at Chantilly, église Notre-Dame.