Rambouillet, à l'heure impériale

Rambouillet, in the imperial era

The Château de Rambouillet, the Bergerie Nationale and the Palace of the King of Rome offer you a great weekend of historical reenactments around the figure of the Emperor Napoleon I.

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While we commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon I in 2021, reenactors bring life to Rambouillet during its various periods during a unique weekend, on October 9 and 10, 2021.

Meet these living history enthusiasts who, through the detail of each costume and the character they embody, allow a real dive into the heart of history.

On the weekend programme

Imperial entertainment at the chateau

Small hunting lodge established in the heart of a game forest, about fifty kilometres from Paris, the domaine de Rambouillet is the subject of numerous restoration and modernisation works to offer Napoleon I a privileged place of retreat. It is here that he likes to go in the company of a few handpicked relatives. Make way here for the private, intimate and family life of an emperor!

Walking around the rooms of the chateau, scenes of everyday life are revealed, recreating the atmosphere of chateau life in this imperial era. In the gardens, a small trading village, period games and costume parades accompany this journey to the heart of the Empire.

La Bergerie Nationale at the time of military life

The Napoleonic army awaits you at the Bergerie nationale. Infantrymen train in manoeuvres while horsemen practice sabre handling and driving their mounts, while artillerymen maintain their guns and prepare them for future battles. All this in the midst of the proliferation of a civilian population which is busy creating, manufacturing, supplying, producing or even selling their products. Meet the grinder who sharpens the rider’s sabre, the laundresses who are busy cleaning the laundry for this entire troop, the farrier in the process of putting irons on the horses of the cavalry. In the Bergerie, you will discover the Merino sheep known for the fineness of its wool, essential for dressing the grand army and you can even participate in many workshops to discover the different stages of wool work.

The Palace of the King of Rome and fashion

In the garden of the king of Rome, a fashionable location! Discover the reconstruction of a fashion boutique around 1810. Lacemakers, seamstresses, hatmakers, hairpiece merchants, and other fashion workers and merchants present their trades as well as the latest trends.

In addition, the Palace of the King of Rome, Rambouillet’s art and history museum, presents an exhibition of historical Empire-style costumes designed by La Dame d’Atours, from October 2 to November 29, 2021. This exhibition, Empire fashion in the countryside presents reconstituted female and male outfits, accompanied by accessories, outfits that the Emperor’s guests and their servants could have worn during their stay. During the weekend of October 9-10, access to the museum and the temporary exhibition is by reservation only.

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rue Maurice Dechy
78120 Rambouillet

By car: From West Paris: A13, A12, N10 // From South Paris: A6, A10, A11, N10 About 50 minutes
Free parking in the castle grounds
By train: TER Direct - Departure from Montparnasse station. Arrival Rambouillet 35 mn PARIS-RAMBOUILLET 15 mn walk from Rambouillet-Château station

Days and opening hours

From Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 October 2021. Activities offered at the castle Discovery of the castle from 10 am to 6 pm. Continuous opening of the castle park from 10 am to 6 pm.
Activities at the Bergerie nationale Open continuously from 10am to 6pm.
Activities in the garden and the King of Rome's Palace Saturday 9 October from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday 10 October from 10 am to 6 pm.
Small train Trips on the little train are free of charge and are accessible on presentation of the Pass. Departures from Place de la Libération, Hôtel de Ville. The timetable will be communicated in September. A lecturer from the Ville d'Art et d'Histoire will present the imperial estate of Rambouillet along the route.



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  • French
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