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Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,500 years of history. Left in ruins after the the Cathar Crusade (1209-1229), the Inquisition and exile of the Trencavel family, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was commissioned by the French state in 1844 to restore the city of Cathar. Completed in 1911 under the direction of his pupil Paul Boeswillwald, the royal city was returned to its original splendor, finally being inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1997. In a new, self-guided addition to this tour, guests are invited to see the magnificent views from the medieval western ramparts. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 557 reviews

Carcassonne is one of the best walled medieval cities in Europe! It is charming and enchanting. Walking along the Castle's Ramparts you have a very good view of the city and the surrounding area. The audio guide gives a lot of great history about Carcassonne and the restoration. Highly recommended!

If you like history, take the audio guide after skipping the line and you will enjoy this activity even more! It’s a great place to visit with many good views of the city as well as the castle.

Wonderful trip through the medieval castle. There were no audio guides but the places of interest all had written text in multiple languages. Well worth the price of admission.

Such a fantastic and historically interesting experience. Great views of Carcassonne too from the ramparts. Highly recommend this and a great family day out.

Great experience It is worth booking to ensure the visit One hundred percent recommended