European Heritage Days 2019 at the Château de Fontainebleau (77)

Published by Laurent P. · Photos by Elodie D. · Published on 21 September 2019 at 10h52 · Updated on 21 September 2019 at 21h22
History lovers can make the best of European Heritage Days to (re)discover the Château de Fontainebleau for free on Saturday September 21 and Sunday 22, 2019. Enjoy this weekend to freely walk around the main apartments of the castle left as they were since the reign of Napoleon III and admire a projection on the façade of the château telling you about eight centuries of history.

The Château de Fontainebleau takes part in European Heritage Days 2019 and promises 2 major days held on September 21 and 22 in the castle and its garden. Walk the corridors following the footsteps of the greatest princes and dukes, left in their previous state during the reign of Napoleon III and Eugénie!

Program of European Heritage Days 2019 at the Château de Fontainebleau:

  • Guided Tours

Guided tours are held all along the weekend for free and by registration on D-Day within limited number of places. Registrations open from 9:30 a.m. and the afternoon from 1 p.m. You’ll be able to visit over 15000 rooms covering 130 hectares of parks and gardens. Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial castle continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Visiting Fontainebleau is enjoying an exceptional presentation of history, art history and French architecture.

  • Fencing: at the edge of history – from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Learn more about fencing, the French spot par excellence. A practice that goes to ancient times to defend one’s country, family and also an art de vivre. For European Heritage Days, demonstrations are held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. You’ll relive the story of the sword: outfit, codes, fencing moves are to be discovered with the greatest duels of history, from Renaissance to the 1st Empire. All along these duels, you’ll see the lovers of Queen Margot, the Three Musketeers, the Eon knight and the veterans of the imperial army. Four duels are planned, three times a day on Saturday and Sunday in the Oval courtyard of the castle, especially open on the occasion.

  • Court Tennis: the king of games – from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Salle du jeu de Paume

At the Château de Fontainebleau, the only historic and still in use “court tennis” saw between its walls Henri IV, Louis XIV and even Napoleon. The court tennis master explains the story of the “king of games, game of kings”, its rules, the fabrication of balls, the multiple French sayings coming from the first professional sport in history such as be left high and dry or coming to the right time. The audience will have the chance to try their hands at this game in the room of the court tennis of the Château de Fontainebleau, an exclusive entertainment, discovering the fascinating ancestor of all the racket games.

  • Amis de l’Orgue de Fontainebleau concertSunday September 22 at 6:15 p.m., Chapelle de la Trinité

Organ and oboe – Antoine Sébillotte (oboe) and Gérard Sablier (organ) will perform pieces by Tomaso Albinoni, Alessandro Marcello, Georg Philipp Telemann and Johan Wilhelm Hertel.

European Heritage Days 2019 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

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Practical information

Opening Time
From 21 September 2019 to 22 September 2019



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