Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne

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Cité de Carcassonne, a fully restored, fortified French town dates back more than 2,000 years. This site is widely considered one of the best examples of a well-preserved medieval city with heavy fortifications. A classic fortress on a high peak features architectural influences from the Romans, fifth-century Visigoths, and later occupants. You can explore two rings of fortified walls with battlements, conical towers, bridges, stone streets, and medieval buildings. A famous Gothic cathedral with carved stone columns and stained glass windows crowns the city. Add Cité de Carcassonne to your Carcassonne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Carcassonne driving holiday site.
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  • This medieval city was one of our highlights of our Road Trip through France. There are many cities and villages like this all over France, Italy and Spain. But this one here is huge and it is very... 
    This medieval city was one of our highlights of our Road Trip through France. There are many cities and villages like this all over France, Italy and Spain. But this one here is huge and it is very...  more »
  • After the Eiffel Tower this is the second most visited tourist attraction in France. In fact, Carcassonne is the second most visited town/city in France. That said, 80% of those tourists visit in... 
    After the Eiffel Tower this is the second most visited tourist attraction in France. In fact, Carcassonne is the second most visited town/city in France. That said, 80% of those tourists visit in...  more »
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  • A totally amazing place. As all shops and restaurants are currently closed, it is wonderfully devoid of crowds. You can walk all around the ramparts and then take your time looking at the buildings inside. It's an incredible fortress. There are outer walls, then more ramparts and then inside the walls there's the original chateau, a church and many restaurants and boutiques. Really quite stunning
  • It's a nice place to visit, the narrow streets are filled with shops and restaurants making it an extremely commercial area instead of a historical one. There is a paid entrance of €14 per person to enjoy the inner walls and the towers of the castle but if you don't pay you will only be able to walk between the stores and restaurants and will only wander around the curtain walls of the castle. There is a beautiful cathedral that is worth visiting and a few open courts that take you back in time.

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