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Rambouillet - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yvelines

The royal town of Rambouillet, a designated Town of Art and History nestling on the edge of the magnificent Rambouillet forest, has a rich heritage.

The town's main monument, the 14th-century Château de Rambouillet, used to be King Louis XVI's pleasure residence in the 18th century. This fortified castle has been the official French Presidential summer residence 1896 and hosts visiting heads of state. Highlights of the tour of the interior include the magnificent Marble Hall, the superb oak panelling and Rococo and Neo-Pompeian decorative elements.

Outside lies a magnificent park featuring canals, formal and landscaped gardens. In the castle gardens you can also visit the National Sheepfold, the Queen's Dairy and thatched Shell Cottage.

Not to be missed either: the Rambolitrain museum devoted to toy trains, with an exhibition of no fewer than 4,000 collector's pieces!

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City is the Regional Natural Park of the Haute-Vallée de Chevreuse, Rambouillet is located 50 kilometers from Paris and halfway between Versailles and Chartres.

Its history is intimately linked to the History of France: private residence of kings and emperors, and his castle Rambouillet are Presidential Residence since 1896.

Each plan or time has left its mark:

Dairy Queen was built by Louis XVI.

Palais du Roi de Rome (home of the son of Napoleon I).

Buildings dating from the 3rd Republic or twenties.

Romantic gardens and parks in the French or English.

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