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    Castles and History in the District of Oise: Road Trip to Pierrefonds and Compiègne

    Castles and History in the District of Oise: Road Trip to Pierrefonds and Compiègne
    Starts from

    Paris

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    8

    Duration

    10 hours

    Length

    17 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Paris

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    10 hours

    Length

    17 mi

    History and CultureFamily-FriendlyGastronomy
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    Sarah Dawalibi

    Sarah Dawalibi

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    Highlights

    • Visit the fairy tale castle of Pierrefonds.
    • Remember WWI and WWII at the Glade of the Armistice.
    • Discover the Imperial city of Compiègne.
    During this one-day road trip, you will explore the department of Oise, located north of Paris. The first highlight of your day will be the fairy tale castle of Pierrefonds. Restored by the architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, it is a flamboyant masterpiece, meanwhile still off the beaten path...
    In the afternoon, you will discover the Imperial city of Compiègne, which reached its sparkling zenith under Emperor Napoléon III. The town is also famous for being the signing place of both the armistices of 1918 and 1940, when France surrended to Germany. A lot of fateful events to remember.

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    During this one-day road trip, you will explore the department of Oise, located north of Paris. The first highlight of your day will be the fairy tale castle of Pierrefonds. Restored by the architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, it is a flamboyant masterpiece, meanwhile still off the beaten path...
    In the afternoon, you will discover the Imperial city of Compiègne, which reached its sparkling zenith under Emperor Napoléon III. The town is also famous for being the signing place of both the armistices of 1918 and 1940, when France surrended to Germany. A lot of fateful events to remember.
    Sarah Dawalibi

    Sarah Dawalibi

    Blogger

    • Visit the fairy tale castle of Pierrefonds.
    • Remember WWI and WWII at the Glade of the Armistice.
    • Discover the Imperial city of Compiègne.

    Day Itinerary

    8 Activities
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    Day 1

    17 mi0.9 mi

    Castle of Pierrefonds and Imperial City of Compiègne

    Embark on a cultural and historical drive to the north of the capital city.
    While visiting Pierrefonds and Compiègne, you will be following the footsteps of the emperor Napoléon III, who decided to move the aristocratic court from Paris to this lovely countryside area.
    Château de Pierrefonds
    10:002 hrs

    Château de Pierrefonds

    Castle
    Open Details
    Welcome to one of the most beautiful French castle, but meanwhile still off the beaten path… The "Château de Pierrefonds" was first built in the 14th century, but it has been completely restored in the 19th when the emperor Napoleon III decided to use it as an imperial residence. He commissioned the architect Viollet-le-Duc, who imagined a flamboyant masterpiece combining typical medieval style and a bit of his fantasy.
    This breathtaking castle has often been used as a location for filming, including Les Visiteurs, Highlander or more recently the BBC series Merlin.
    4 mi10 min
    Auberge A La Bonne Idée
    12:151 hr 30 min

    Auberge A La Bonne Idée

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    Have lunch in the heart of the Compiegne forest at this Michelin-starred restaurant. You will experience a wonderful gastronomic journey.
    9.2 mi15 min
    14:005 min

    Car Park

    Parking
    Open Details
    Park your car here to delve into the history of the two world wars.
    0.3 mi10 min
    Armistice Memorial
    14:151 hr

    Armistice Memorial

    Museum
    Open Details
    Located in Compiègne forest, the Glade of the Armistice is a war memorial. It was there that two armistices were signed. The first one was on the 11 November 1918, ending WW1, inside a rail carriage of the Allied supreme commander. The second was signed on 22 June 1940 when France capitulated to Germany.
    You can visit the museum and go around the clearing where you can see monuments such as the Marshal Foch statue, the Sacred Slab, the Piece Ring and the Memorial Garden. The railway carriage now on display is a replica of the original one, which was destroyed on Hitler's order in April 1945.
    3.9 mi10 min
    15:255 min

    Car Park

    Parking
    Open Details
    Park here to first head to the major attraction of the city and then wander around the historic city centre.
    0.2 mi5 min
    Château de Compiègne
    15:452 hrs

    Château de Compiègne

    Palace
    Open Details
    Built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, the Château de Compiègne has been remodelled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III to become a major Imperial Palace of their time. You will be amazed by the beauty of this castle, which is the biggest neoclassical palace in France. Its interior decor and furnishings are sumptuous and provide a good testimony of what court life was during the Second Empire.
    Keep some time to wander in the park and the lovely rose garden. You can park your car right in front the castle.
    0.3 mi10 min
    Compiègne City Hall
    18:0530 min

    Compiègne City Hall

    Landmark
    Open Details
    You can spend the end of the day discovering the beautiful old center of Compiègne. On the main square, you will find a statue of Joan of Arc. She was captured here in Compiègne in 1430 by the Burgundians, who later sold her to their English allies.
    Don't miss the beautiful gothic style city hall, built by Louis XVII. Wandering around the small streets, you will enjoy the remarkable architecture of century-old houses.
    0.2 mi5 min
    Le Beer Geek
    19:001 hr

    Le Beer Geek

    Bar
    Open Details
    If you fancy a fresh drink in a lively atmosphere before driving back to Paris, then head to the Beer geek, a nice local pub with a wide variety of beers. Try local beers from Picardie! You can also grab some foods like cheese plates or cold cuts.
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