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St Germain en Laye Royal Castle near Paris, France

Updated on June 5, 2013
Just 30 minutes from Paris is an interesting royal castle.  A must if you have seen all the other bigger castles.
Just 30 minutes from Paris is an interesting royal castle. A must if you have seen all the other bigger castles. | Source
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Royal Castle with many Treasures

Just outside Paris, France is a beautiful French royal castle which has not been discovered by many tourists yet, known as St Germain en Laye. It was one of the many royal residents of the Kings of France from the 12th century onwards. Nestled on on 4400 hectares, this castle today is an archaeological museum surrounded by beautiful gardens.The castle which was first built in 1122 has an interesting history worth exploring. It was rebuilt at the beginning of 1539 by Francois I after it was destroyed by a fire in 1346. A visit to this castle is perfect for those tourists who have already experienced the more famous castles of Versailles, Fontainebleau and Chantilly now wanting to experience real French country life without all the tourists present.

What makes a visit to this castle even more interesting is to see the town of St Germaine en Laye with its many narrow streets, street cafes and shops.

A tour of the gardens is a must, also ideal for having a picnic.
A tour of the gardens is a must, also ideal for having a picnic. | Source
The museum has many hidden treasures.
The museum has many hidden treasures. | Source

Within easy reach from Paris

St Germain en Laye castle can be reached from Paris by RER train on the A1 line within only 30 minutes. It is just 20 kilometers from Paris and within easy reach as the castle is just outside the station. Before visiting the museum a tour of its beautiful gardens is a must which is also perfect for a picnic. The museum inside the castle hosts about 29 000 archaeological treasures ranging from the Iron Age, Bronze Age to the middle ages and more. In a special lounge with a large television the visitor can watch how many of these treasures were discovered. The Renaissance architecture of the castle is magnificent while the courtyard is worth crossing.

After a visit to the castle the town of St Germain en Laye is evidence of real French country life. Enjoy a real French lunch across the castle at one of its many street cafes. Then take a stroll through the town's many narrow streets with their interesting small shops. During summer time the town is full of colourful flowers which is a beautiful sight. Then take the train back to Paris and be back within 30 minutes. This is a perfect day trip which children will also enjoy without getting too tired.


Spend the rest of the time in St Germain en Laye  exploring the town.
Spend the rest of the time in St Germain en Laye exploring the town. | Source

I like this video on the Castle

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      Tricia1000 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks, you will not regret the experience

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great hub..my wife and I love Paris we love all of France! We will make St Germain and the castle a must see and experience on our next trip..love the gentle way you say "enjoy a real French lunch." Thank you

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      Tricia1000 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks, I hope to go back to France soon

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I will keep this one in mind for my next trip in France. My husband and I went to visit some "châteaux de la Loire" several years ago. I love to visit those old castles and discover those old stones and the history behind them!

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      Tricia1000 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Debbie. I just love France.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow this looks like a wonderful place to visit.. I love traveling and this would be an ideal place

      thank you for a great hub

      Debbie

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      Tricia1000 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you. I fell in love with France when I first visited there in 1987. I would love to visit England again as well.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Like you I love France. Coming from England I use to go to Paris and feel in love with it.

      Vote up and beautiful.

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      Tricia1000 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for visiting.

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      This looks and sounds like a wonderful place to visit I would love to visit France someday thanks for sharing. take care.

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