Château de Monte Cristo

Château de Monte-Cristo

In 1844, the writer Alexandre Dumas built a small castle commensurate with his imagination. This ode to the author and the art of literature makes for a delightful visit.

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  4. Château de Monte-Cristo


Description

At the height of his fame — thanks to the success of The Three Musketeers and *The Count of Monte Cristo” — and with a touch of megalomania, Alexandre Dumas seeks to escape the commotion of Paris. “I want a Renaissance chateau that faces a gothic pavilion, surrounded by water and an English park, adorned with grottos, rockeries and waterfalls.” These were the instructions given by Dumas to his architect Hippolyte Durand, who built this earthly paradise near Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris, named after the eponymous hero of the author’s famous novel.

Architectural folly

The neo-Gothic chateau, with its entirely sculpted facades, is a listed historical monument. Inside, the writer’s memorabilia is on display: portraits, letters, books and such treasures as the astonishing finely decorated Moorish lounge, where you will find the busts of Dumas’s favourite writers: Dante, Shakespeare and Molière, as well as a whole host of exotic objects brought back from his travels.

Opposite, discover the Chateau d’If, a small Gothic castle surrounded by water, that served as the author’s study. Try to identify the 88 titles of his novels carved into the facades. Devotees can complete the experience by visiting the writer’s tomb at the Pantheon.

And from April to October you can take theatrical and musical tours where costumed actors recount life in the chateau during the Dumas era.

Just like Alexandre Dumas in his time, let yourself be won over during a weekend by the richness of this territory located just a stone's throw from Paris, the beauty of its river landscapes, its historical and architectural heritage and its large natural areas.

The great châteaux of Paris Region have their little secrets. Find out for yourself!

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Access and contact

Pavillon d'accueil
ACCES par le Chemin du Haut des Ormes à Marly le roi - Accès commun à la clinique de l'Europe (barrière mais accès gratuit pour les visiteurs)
78560 Le Port-Marly

Days and opening hours

From 01/01 to 2112, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Prices

  • Full price: from 8 € Reduced price: from 6 €.

Facility

  • Free car park
  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park
  • Exhibition space
  • Toilets

Services

  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
  • Booking of general amenities
  • Guided tours

Activities

  • Permanent exhibition
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Shows
  • Activity
  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert

Tour

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Russian

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • French

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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Accessibility

  • Hearing disability
  • Not accessible in a wheelchair

Pavillon d'accueil
ACCES par le Chemin du Haut des Ormes à Marly le roi - Accès commun à la clinique de l'Europe (barrière mais accès gratuit pour les visiteurs)
78560 Le Port-Marly

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  • Vincent Felloni