Set against a chalk cliff, the imposing Château de La Roche-Guyon in Val-d'Oise overlooks the Seine Valley and the village. This ancient fortress, listed as a Historic Monument, has been transformed over the centuries. Through the different architectural styles that make up its identity, the château is a testament to the eras it has seen come and go. It must be said that since its medieval origins, its history has been as rich as its architecture... After welcoming the kings of France, it was occupied by the intellectuals of the Enlightenment, then by Field Marshal Rommel during the Second World War.
All that is left of the original castle is the medieval keep, connected to the current building by a secret passageway cut into the rock. Kids will love going up the hidden staircase to the very top of the stone keep! There you'll enjoy breathtaking views over the village and valley.
From the original troglodytic castle to the state rooms, the castle was gradually transformed, thanks in particular to the work of the De La Rochefoucauld family, who became its owners in 1659. Today, the site offers visitors a real journey through time. You can admire its monumental entrance, pavilions and terraces, its grand salon adorned with sumptuous tapestries depicting the biblical story of Esther, its library and its little aristocratic theatre, the château's hidden gem. The large stables and casemates built by Rommel will also amaze you.
The wonderful fruit and vegetable garden, restored following the original 18th-century plans, produces organic fruit and vegetables which are on sale at the château's shop according to the seasons. Themed guided tours, workshops for children, exhibitions, shows, lectures, a plant festival and a Christmas market are all part of life at the château.