The tallest medieval donjon in Europe !
The Château de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th centuries and it has preserved its mediæval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century and the keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. In the early 15th century, Louis XI was the first king to use the keep as a gaol for his favourite prisoners who were taken with him on his progresses throughout the kingdom. The keep was still being used as a prison in the 19th century, a symbol of arbitrary royal justice. Famous residents detained here include Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s disgraced finance minister, the Marquis de Sade, Mirabeau etc.
> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet available in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian.
> Audioguide tour available in French, English, German, Italian, and Spanish, from € 4,50-6 for couples.
Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes (Val-de-Marne).
+33 (0) 1 48 28 15 48.
Château de Vincennes.
10am-6pm from 05.21 to 09.21 ; 10am-5pm from 09.22 to 05.20. Last entry 45 min prior to closing. Closed on 01.1, on 05.1, on 11.1, on 11.11 and on 12.25.
-18s and -26s (E.U citizens and residents) free
. No entry fee on the first Sunday of each month from 1.11 to 3.31 inclusive.