For European Heritage Days 2019, we offer you to discover the Château de Vincennes set a stone’s throw from Paris and accessible with the subway. This Historic Monument-listed fortress has a few records of its own. It’s the biggest fortified castle in France still existing and its dungeon is 52-m high and one of the highest ones in Europe. It’s in this very dungeon that were imprisoned Voltaire and the Marquis de Sade.
For European Heritage Days 2019, this fortress unveils its secrets with several guided tours focusing on themes approaching a different historic aspect. Because we must say that this medieval monument enjoys an extremely rich and fascinating history.
On the menu of these guided tours lasting one hour, you’ll travel through time. “August 1944, the day before the Liberation, members of the resistance executed at the Château” will take you to the end of WWII when 30 hostages have been shot by Nazis. This tour will be held on September 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. and September 22, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
For judiciary history enthusiasts, we recommend the guided tour called “1804, the Case of the Duc d’Enghien” on September 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on September 22 at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. According to visit time slots, you can go down the pits to discover where the Duc d’Enghien has been executed.
On Sunday September 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., you can learn more about the industrial era with the “Military story and evolution of the Château de Vincennes in the 19th century” guided tour. Last but not least, if you want to discover the overall story of the Château de Vincennes, a general tour about “The Château and its history from the Middle-Ages to the 20th century” expects you on Saturday September 21 at 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To attend them, meet at the Société Des Amis De Vincennes stand set in the courtyard of the château to book your visit. Then, you only have to meet 10 minutes before the tour begins.
European Heritage Days 2019 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:
From 21 September 2019 to 22 September 2019
Château de Vincennes
1 Avenue de Paris