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Chateau de vincennes

From 11.10 €

Until 31/12/2021 / CHATEAU DE VINCENNES



On the edge of the Bois de Vincennes, the largest royal fortified castle in France tells a rich story full of unexpected twists and turns. This former royal residence served as a prison in the 16th century and was later forsaken by Louis XIV in favour of the Château de Versailles. Today the château houses the archives of the French military.

A Fascinating History

Imagine the castle as an old royal hunting lodge before checking out its 14th century keep — the tallest medieval fortified structure in Europe —towers and moat. The Sainte-Chapelle chapel and its splendid stained-glass windows, built during the same period to house the relics of the Passion of Christ, are still perfectly intact. Close your eyes and allow yourself to be transported back to the time when Louis XI made it into a state prison in which two renowned figures were subsequently incarcerated: the Marquis de Sade and the Count of Mirabeau.

Wander through the pavilions of the King and Queen, built for Louis XIV, before travelling in time to the days of Napoleon I, when the fortress was transformed into a barracks to defend against invasions. The exceptional architecture reflects a unique blend of influences over several centuries. An exciting and educational visit that will delight young and old alike.

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How to get there

Monument located at the gates of Paris, easily accessible by public transport:

  • Metro line 1, Château de Vincennes station; RER line A, Vincennes station
    Ticket valid for 1 year from the date of issue.

Opening days and times

  • Open from 10 am to 6 pm. Donjon and Saine-Chapelle opening hours: to consult. Closed on 01/01, 01/05, 2512.


  • From May 21 to September 22: from 10 am to 6 pm
  • From September 23rd to May 20th : from 10am to 5pm
  • Between April 1 and May 20, weekends and holidays: 10 am to 6 pm


  • From May 21 to September 22: from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, closed from 1 pm to 2 pm (subject to change)
  • From September 23 to May 20: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from 1 to 2 p.m. (subject to change)
  • Between April 1 and May 20, weekends and holidays: from 10:30 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm

Tickets and prices

  • Ticket valid for 1 year from the date of issue.

  • Free of charge for those under 18 years of age (families and school groups excluded), for those under 26 years of age who are citizens of the European Union or residents of the European territory and FOR EVERYONE ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM NOVEMBER TO MARCH.


  • Important information: Wearing a mask is mandatory
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