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Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne

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Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne

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Reeny18 wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom31 contributions2 helpful votes
I rarely have to write a bad review but feel I must here. I loved Carcasonne and on a rainy day decided to visit the Chateau. I paid my €9.50 at 3.15 pm and was advised that there were no leaflets or audio guides due to Covid. This didn’t impact the chateaux in Loire or Cité de vin in Bordeaux so I found this strange as part of a UNESCO site. I walked around following the route and yes it’s great to see in parts. I had about 2 rooms left to visit in the castle when a lady continued to tell everyone that we had to go as it was closing. I’d been there 45 mins and tried to explain that if I knew I would be kicked out I wouldn’t have spent €9.50. She asked to see my ticket and then had nothing to say apart from that I had to leave. I asked to use the toilet and was informed that I would have to go outside of the chateau. I checked outside and you will see from the photo that this is not communicated outside nor on purchase of a ticket. I went to the Tourist information centre and advised them and they were confused too. To conclude you could visit the Château if you’re bored but there’s nothing exceptional. If I could do it again I’d just enjoy walking around outside the Château and have a glass of wine in the square instead. Save your time and money
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Naz Flora wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom94 contributions66 helpful votes
Well if I did this right that should be me posing infront of this historic medieval city. It looks like a “real” Disney castle and its restoration caused controversy but surely is better than leaving it in ruins. You can imagine the Pythonesque Knights clattering across the cobblestones. Best approached by walking across the old bridge which links the cite to the lower town, where we had the added “attraction” of being serenaded by a mature lady holding a dog and singing Edith Piaf. She wasn’t even collecting money! This spectacular attraction is normally jammed but the pandemic has created a much more calm experience. People do actually live “within these walls” and it contains hotels, shops and restaurants. You can pay extra to see the inner chateau but just walk around, picnic or dine (pick a clear sunny day) and then stroll up too see it lit up at night and it will be just as rewarding. All the posh hotels have stationed themselves beside the cite, leaving the grid patterned streets of lower Carcassonne a bit run down and neglected with too many down and outs in view. This could be even more of a southern France gem than it is if they invest. Carnot square is lively though, but look out as ever for strange times that things open and close in what is still a lovely, lovely country (oh the wine and food) and spectacular Languedoc region.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Michael B wrote a review Sep 2020
Bellflower, California17306 contributions661 helpful votes
La Cité Medieval is located on a hill on the right bank of the River Aude, and is quit a steep climb and certainly not wheel chair friendly if you are walking from the train station. (It’s about an hour slow walk for the not so active) but there are signs. The view from the new bridge over the river Aude at dawn is fairytale like, as the medieval city is a modified rebuild version of what it used to looked like years ago. Entrance gates and all the stone walls are very clean, the moat is rubbish free, there is a cool collection of art effects in the Keep, with informative boards in English. Standing on the ramparts you can see for miles, but the steps are steep and maybe not suitable for everybody, down in the city streets all the tourist shops and restaurants are pretty standard. Do visit the local tourist office for an entrance ticket and information on the Chateau et Ramparts de la Cite de Carcassonne events, or ask at the entrance gate for upcoming events, as they sometimes have medieval jousting tournaments. The usual applies, wear a hat, sensible shoes and carry water. TIP: For good photos and less tourist go early in the morning.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Sandro PB wrote a review Aug 2020
Helmsange, Luxembourg126 contributions45 helpful votes
With 4 different routes around the Chateau and walls (differently priced) we did A as the others were already full for the day. Lovely walk around half the walls with great views both into the city and outside the walls.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Peter Schouten wrote a review Jul 2020
Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France1 contribution
There's not really much to see inside the castle, hardly worth the 9.5 EUR. The best views you can get the still from outside the castle.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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