Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fontainebleau Palace @ Fontainebleau, France

Fontainebleau is home to the kings of France from the 12th century. Located 55 kilometres from the centre of Paris, is one of the largest French royal palace. It is also the medieval royal hunting lodge of Fontainebleau, standing at the heart of a vast forest in the Ile-de-France, was transformed, enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by François I, who wanted to make a 'New Rome' of it. Surrounded by an immense park, the Italianate palace combines Renaissance and French artistic traditions.

To make your journey easier, I would recommend you to buy a day pass zone 5 ticket. This will enable you to take train until Fontainebleau Avon station from Gare de Lyon and then use the same ticket to Fontainebleau Palace via bus number 1.

SNCF train from Gary de Lyon station.

Pass by yellow colour field on the way to Fontainebleau.

Reached Fontainebleau Avon station.

Reached main entrance.

Main palace building.

Palace lawn.

Quite different when compared with Versailles.

Outside view from inside the palace.

The design is so complex. Its bed room.

Golden ceiling.

An area overlooking palace lobby.


Dining room.

Main hall.


Reception room.

Another bed room.


Royal bed.

Meeting room.

The ceiling is so delicately crafted.

Coordinate/GPS: 48.401884,2.698106
Address: Place du Général de Gaulle, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
Transport: From Paris, you will need to take SNCF train from Gary de Lyon station. take train until Fontainebleau Avon station. After that, you need to take bus number 1 to reach Fontainebleau Palace. The whole journey by train will take you around 50 minutes and bus another 15 minutes. Mobilis zone 5 ticket cost Euro 14.00.

Admission fee: Euro 10.

The château is open every day except for Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
From October to March : 9.30am – 5pm (last admissions at 4.15pm)
From April to September : 9.30am – 6pm (last admissions at 5.15pm)

The courtyards and gardens are open every day.
From November to February : 9am – 5pm
March, April & October : 9am – 6pm
From May to September : 9am – 7pm

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