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The Château de La Roche-Guyon

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The Château de La Roche-Guyon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Val-d'Oise
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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.

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The Château de La Roche-Guyon

In the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the French Vexin, you can not miss La Roche-Guyon. Its imposing castle is noticed and devours its eyes, stirring up curiosity, like any vestige of the past remarkably well preserved. The village nestled around is not lacking in attractions, too, with its half-timbered façades, now smooth and clear, inspired by Normandy and the Île-de-France. Classified among the most beautiful villages in France, the town has enough to attract visitors and curious wanting to go back in time. In fact, since the 19th century, it has become a renowned holiday resort and appreciated by the people of the arts and letters. Located in one of the meanders of the Seine, La Roche-Guyon will seduce you with its old-fashioned charm and its sweetness of living.

Things to see and do

An essential element of your visit to La Roche-Guyon, the castle of La Rochefoucauld, whose keep and castle are both classified as Historic Monuments, was built between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries. The remarkable building now houses most of the cultural events of the town and is visited from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and on weekends and public holidays from 10 am to 7 pm. A real journey through time, you will not miss any room and enjoy the outside to have a look at the vegetable garden of the castle. The Saint-Samson church is also listed in the Historic Monuments. It dates from before 1404. The Gothic-style building, however, is flanked by Renaissance-style finishes. The walk continues through the Town Hall and the covered market, both of which are also listed in the Historic Monuments. Farther on, the monumental fountain, also listed in the Historic Monuments, was built in 1742. Behind the castle still remain the casemates, dug during the Second World War. Today, the salt loft dates back to the 18th century. Further towards the cliffs, you will find boves, small cellars dug out of the rock and premise cave dwellings. You will be able to finish your walk by the road of the Crests which offers a unique point of view on the village and the valley of the Seine.

The surrounding nature invites you to hike. Pedestrian or mountain biker, the walk promises to be really beautiful in this natural site classified zone Natura 2000 where an arboretum, that of Roche, offers you an exceptional variety of trees.

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Events and festivities

Every Thursday of the Ascension, the big flea market is held at La Roche-Guyon. This is an opportunity for the hunters to find the old object that misses their collection.

The first weekend of May, the castle hosts Plantes, Plaisirs, Passions, a festival of plants that has existed for more than 20 years. In a colorful atmosphere and exquisite perfumes, come and discover plants of beauty.

On the 2nd Sunday of June, the local market is held in the market hall. Local products await you on the stalls for a unique and convivial tasting moment.

The first weekend of November, it is the amateur and confirmed oenologists who rush to La Roche-Guyon for its festival of wine. Tasting and rare cuvée are on the program.

The last weekend of November, the adventure market takes place in the stables of the castle. This is the opportunity to make your Christmas presents in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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