Things to do in Vincennes, France

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Paris: Château de Vincennes Entry Ticket

1. Paris: Château de Vincennes Entry Ticket

Take the short journey to the suburbs of eastern Paris and arrive at the impressive Château de Vincennes, a true symbol of the modern French state. Discover how this historic Château was built in the 14th-century to affirm the power of the monarchy, guarding the capital and protecting the kings against uprisings. The Château was at the heart of the French monarchy until 1682, when Louis XIV chose to settle in Versailles.  Climb the stairs into the keep, a 52-meter fortified tower which is the tallest of its kind in Europe. The keep was used as a prison from the 16th up to the 19th-century. See the rooms where Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau were held and where King Henry V died. Find out how, under Napoleon I, the building was transformed into a barracks and arsenal, and the fortress protected Paris during invasions in the 19th-century. Now, the building is considered to be a place of national remembrance, that was restored after suffering extensive damage during the Second World War. The Château de Vincennes now houses the historical services of the 3 French armed forces.

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What people are saying about Vincennes, France

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 90 reviews

This was amazing! The donjon of this castle is the tallest in France. The property contains one of the Saint Chapelle churches (yes, there are more than one - 11 were built originally) and it’s gorgeous. Virtually all rooms of the donjon and the church are open and you can go exploring them all. The buildings are not furnished, they are quite empty. The grounds are extensive. There is a woods beyond. I had not heard of this Château before except as the name of a metro line. Definitely worth the short trip there.

This is one of the coolest things to see in Paris. Plus, not a huge crowd like most other spots. You will walk where royalty once roamed. See a church that took nearly 200 years to build. Walk up one of the tallest castle towers in Europe and think to yourself, wow, these kings and queens must have had some ripped calves. Good times!

Very warm welcome, very uninteresting guided tour, even if an hour and a half for my two teenagers, it was a bit long...I recommend, in addition the town of Vincennes around is very pleasant with its shopping streets.

This was very interesting and incredibly easy to get to. I would highly recommend it to history buffs and art lovers alike.

Beautiful and historic. No crowd at all (in mid-November).