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Château de Rambouillet | A Favorite Getaway of the French Monarchs

Nestled in the picturesque town of Rambouillet, France, the Château de Rambouillet has roots dating back to the 14th century. The château has witnessed centuries of French history, serving as a royal residence and later as the summer retreat for French presidents. It was also the site where the first-ever G6 summit was held in 1975. Its significance in French politics and its stunning architecture draw history enthusiasts and architecture aficionados alike.

Read on to learn the best ticket options, insider tips, and information on all the must-visit sights at Château de Rambouillet

Why Visit Château de Rambouillet?

Chateau de Rambouillet
  • Historical Splendor: This place oozes history, having hosted French monarchs and served as a presidential retreat. It's like stepping into a time machine.
  • Gorgeous Gardens: Immerse yourself in the manicured gardens that are a haven for nature enthusiasts.
  • Marie Antoinette's Dairy: Explore the charming Queen's Dairy and discover the fascinating history behind it.
  • Presidential Connection: Feel the weight of history as you walk in the footsteps of French presidents.
  • Architectural Marvel: Admire the stunning architecture and intricate details that define this château.
  • Cultural Insight: Get a glimpse of French culture and history in a setting that's off the beaten path.

Château de Rambouillet Highlights

Castle of Rambouillet

The Castle

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Château itself, with its Grand Apartments, the historical significance of Marie Antoinette's Boudoir, and the museum showcasing France's hunting traditions. It's the heart of this captivating historical treasure.

The Queen's Dairy at Rambouillet

The Queen's Dairy

The Queen's Dairy at Rambouillet, a neoclassical masterpiece from the 18th century, once churned out dairy delights fit for royalty. Today, it's a captivating museum open to the public.

Chateau de Rambouillet Park

The Park

The sprawling park surrounding the Château offers lush gardens and a serene lake that sets the scene for leisurely strolls.

English Garden and Sea Shell Cottage in the Castle of Rambouillet

English Garden and Sea Shell Cottage

The English Garden is an oasis of beauty and calm. Inside the Sea Shell Cottage, you'll find a delightful touch of seashell decorations that add a unique charm.

Presidential Dining Room in the Castle of Rambouillet

Presidential Dining Room

Step inside the Presidential Dining Room, the very place where the 1975 G6 summit set the stage for world-changing diplomatic talks. History buffs, this is a spot you won't want to miss.

Antiquity Collection in the Chateau of Rambouillet

Antiquity Collection

This treasure trove of antiquities within the Château showcases a rich tapestry of history from various eras. Each artifact tells a unique story, providing a fascinating window into the past.

Bergerie Nationale De Rambouillet

Bergerie Nationale De Rambouillet

The Bergerie Nationale is a one-of-a-kind national sheepfold that delivers an authentic taste of rural life. Perfect for families, it's your chance to connect with farm animals and savor the genuine charm of the French countryside.

Plan Your Visit to Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet Timings
  • April 1 to September 30
    10 AM to noon and 1:30 PM to 6 PM (Monday, Wednesday to Sunday)
  • October 1 to March 31
    10 AM to noon and 1:30 PM to 5 PM (Monday, Wednesday to Sunday)
  • Last Entry: 30 minutes before closing hours
  • Closed on: Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25.

For the best experience, visit in April or September around 10 AM on weekdays (except Tuesdays) to beat the crowds. The park's serene beauty shines in the late afternoon sunlight.

Château de Rambouillet Location

Address: Château de Rambouillet, 78120 Rambouillet. 

Getting There

  • By car: If you're driving from Paris's western side, follow the route A13, A12, N10. If coming from the south, take A6, A10, A11, N10. The journey takes approximately 50 minutes
    Car parking: There’s parking at the château itself.
  • By train: TER (from Montparnasse Station, Paris)
    Closest station: Rambouillet 
  • By bike: Rambouillet is conveniently situated along cycling routes, including La Véloscénie (Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel) and the Paris-Brest-Paris route.
Chateau de Rambouillet Facilities
  • Parking Areas
  • Bookstore
  • Toilers
  • Wheelchair for rent
Chateau de Rambouillet Tips
  • Large luggage and suitcases are not allowed. There are no lockers or storage facilities either.
  • Strollers are not allowed inside the castle.
  • Dogs should be on a leash while exploring the park. Unfortunately, guide dogs are not permitted within the castle.
  • Flash photography is not allowed.
Picnic in the Chateau de Rambouillet Park
  • Book tickets in advance: To avoid long queues and ensure your entry, book your tickets online in advance. It's the key to a hassle-free start to your visit.
  • Arrive early: Early birds catch the best experiences. Arriving in the morning not only helps you beat the crowds but also allows you to soak in the serene ambiance of the gardens.
  • Download an audio guide: Many places offer audio guides that provide fascinating insights. Grab one to enhance your understanding of the château's history and the significance of its various sections.
  • Picnic in the gardens: Bring some snacks or a picnic lunch. The English Garden is a great place to relax, enjoy a meal, and absorb the scenic beauty. It's a unique and leisurely way to savor your visit.
French food at restaurants near the Chateau de Rambouillet
Musée Rambolitrain-Rambouillet
  • Musée Rambolitrain (600m): This model train museum is a must-see for train enthusiasts. It features a large layout of over 2,000 meters of track, as well as a collection of vintage trains and model train cars.
  • Town of Rambouillet (950 m): Rambouillet has a charming center with shops, restaurants, and cafes. You can also visit the Eglise Saint-Lubin, a 13th-century church.
  • Forêt de Rambouillet (3.5 km): This vast forest is a great place to go for a hike, bike ride, or picnic. You can also visit the Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet, a sheep farm that's been around for over 400 years.

Frequently Asked Questions About Château de Rambouillet Tickets

Where can I purchase Château de Rambouillet tickets?

You can purchase your tickets online for a hassle-free experience.

What is the best way to buy Château de Rambouillet tickets?

Get your tickets online and in advance to save on time and enjoy a hassle-free visit.

Where is Château de Rambouillet located?

The château is located in the town of Rambouillet. The complete address is Château de Rambouillet, 78120 Rambouillet, France.

What are the best ways to reach Château de Rambouillet?

You can reach the castle by car, train (TER from Montparnasse Station, Paris), or even by bike if you're cycling along designated routes.

What are Château de Rambouillet opening hours?

The opening hours of Château de Rambouillet vary by season. From April 1 to September 30, it's open from 10 AM to noon and 1:30 PM to 6 PM (Monday, Wednesday to Sunday). From October 1 to March 31, it's open from 10 AM to noon and 1:30 PM to 5 PM (Monday, Wednesday to Sunday).

What’s the best time to visit Château de Rambouillet?

For the ultimate Château de Rambouillet experience, aim for April or September, around 10 AM on weekdays (except Tuesdays). It's your ticket to avoiding the crowds, and the park is magical in the late afternoon sun.