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"Château Comtal - An one hour walk." Carcassonne Tourist Trap Tip by Jerelis

Carcassonne Tourist Traps: 8 reviews and 13 photos

  The kids are enjoying the defensive structures.
by Jerelis
  • The kids are enjoying the defensive structures. - Carcassonne
      The kids are enjoying the defensive structures.
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  • Just waiting at a tower. - Carcassonne
      Just waiting at a tower.
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  • Overview at the castle. - Carcassonne
      Overview at the castle.
    by Jerelis

The medieval city of Carcassonne is situated on a highpoint overlooking the Aude river. It's generally known for its fortified medieval town, but we ended up at the Château Comtal. Our walk over the defensive structure, the towers, inner courts, the museum (the Centre for National Monuments) and of course the unavoidable souvenir shop took us a bit less than an hour. I must say that it was a nice walk and we enjoyed what we saw, but it wasn't the absolute 'must see' we thought that it was in advance. But anyway ... we learned some nice historical fact from the descriptive panels that are around the castle, in both French and English.

The outer defensive walls and the barbican of the chateau Comtal are French, added in the thirteenth century, and all of it was heavily restored in the nineteenth century. Before the French period it was home to the distinctive Occitan concept of paratge, as well as to the rich culture of the troubadours and the Cathars. But after this historical experience it was just time for a nice cold drink!

Individual Prices 2011:
* Adult: €8,50
* Child (under 18): free

1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2011
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