Historic monument with hidden treasures, the Château de Vincennes is highlighted all along European Heritage Days. And even though it is set just outside Paris, many people forget about this fortress that is a vestige with a few records of its own. It is 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 2020, this fortress unveils its secrets through a self-guided tour of the dungeon, the only dungeon of a royal home from the Middle-Age that has survived. Unfortunately, the Sainte-Chapelle is exceptionally closed because of the installation of the "Un roi de guerre à la Renaissance, Henri II à Vincennes" [A war king in the Renaissance, Henri II in Vincennes] exhibition.
Another activity expects you on Sunday, a treasure hunt from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, 2 routes are available to adapt to families: the easy one lasts 1h30, the other one is for skilled players and covers 2 hours. This treasure hunt starts from the château and takes you to the streets of Vincennes. You will have to drop your form in the box before 5 p.m. and come in front of Vincennes city hall at 5:30 p.m. for the lucky draw. If you are really into going all out, a costume-special award will be given to the team with the greatest knight-inspired outfit.
European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:
Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020
Château de Vincennes
1 Avenue de Paris
Horaires : 10h-18h