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Day Trip from Paris- Château de Fontainebleau


Thinking about where you can go for a day trip not too far from Paris.? Why not try the Château de Fontainebleau? From Gare de Lyon you can take the Transilien train for about 45 minutes , and enjoy one of the largest royal French castles that was once the residence of French Monarch from Louis VII through Napoleon III.  With over 150 rooms, 130 acres of parkland and gardens, and having served as the sovereign residence for 8 centuries , the palace and its park have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since  1981. Unlike Versailles, you don’t have to stand in line for hours to enter,  and you can take your time visiting the castle and the gardens without the congestion of too many people.

If you are looking for a day of outdoor activities you could also explore the Forest of Fontainebleau which offers several hiking trails, biking trails, and even boulders for climbing. That is next on my list of things to do.

Here are some picture to sum up the day at the Château de Fontainebleau.


Throne Room in the Château de Fontainebleau is the only such suite in France still in its original state

Napolean’s Library with over 6,000 books

Tips on getting there

Take the Transilien or Ter train at Gare de Lyon in the direction of Laroche-Migennes / Montereau / Montargis / Sens

The tickets are 8.85 euros each way, so it is worth it to avoid the train cost by going on the weekend or a holiday to take advantage of no-zones with your pass Navigo.

Arrival Station – Fontainebleau-Avon

Once you arrive take the Bus #1 from the bus terminal of the train station to the Château de Fontainebleau

Viola! It is that simple, and very much worth the trip.

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