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Visit Pierrefonds

A historical escape

Don your knight’s armour and embark upon a quest in search of hidden treasures in the Château de Pierrefonds. Immerse yourself in this magical and grandiose medieval setting that was entirely restored by prominent architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, who was also responsible for the restoration of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. Just a stone throw’s away lies Pierrefonds lake, a haven of peace swathed in lilies that is great for a relaxing family day out or a romantic boat ride with your other half. Lastly, the spellbinding Forest of Compiègne populated by giant oak and beech trees provides the idyllic environment for unwinding and disconnecting.

4 good reasons to visit

Reason n°1

Nearby, only 2 and a half hours drive from Calais

Reason n°2

Magical, with its castle restored by Viollet-le-Duc

Reason n°3

Breathe in the fresh air of the Compiègne forest

Reason n°4

A film set, for the BBC series Merlin and Luc Besson’s The Story of Joan of Arc.

In the words of Viollet-le-Duc…

To restore a building is not to maintain it, repair it or remake it: it is to re-establish it in a complete state which may never have existed at any given moment.

Viollet-le-Duc, architect who restored the castle in the 19th century

4 experiences to whet your appetite