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Every time I've been to Paris I've left with Fontainebleau on my list of places I'd like to see the next time I go to Paris along with Vaux le Vicomte and Chartres so I finally planned a driving trip so I could see all of them without the expense, both monetary and time, that such day trips require. We based ourselves out of nearby Melun, less than 10 minutes from Vaux le Vicomte, 20 minutes to Fontainebleau and also close to Blandy and Moiret sur Loing which we also visited on this trip
The reason to visit Fontainebleau is the chateau, which dates to the 16th century when Francois I was king of France and Henry VIII was king of England. Subsequent monarchs including Louis XIV added to the chateau but it was developed into the chateau you see now by Napoleon. After seeing Fontainebleau and having recently visited Versailles, Vaux le Vicomte and Chantilly, I'd still say that Versailles is the one palace that people should see if they can only choose one. But Fontainebleau is definitely worth the trip whether from Paris on a daytrip or as a stop as you are passing through by car.
The gardens at Fontainebleau are free to visit even if you decide not to visit the interior of the chateau. The largest... more travel advice
Instead of staying in Fontainebleau we opted to stay in nearby Melun, 17km and 20 minutes from Fontainebleau. It was a... more travel advice
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