5 Must-Sees When Cycling in France; France Today

France – Fortifications of Vauban

Château de Fontainebleau

When cycling through the wonderful forests of Fontainebleau, approximately 37 miles southeast of Paris, you will pass by the artistic village of Barbizon. Since the first half of the 19th century a lot of famous – and less famous – painters have found their inspiration in this area. After a visit of the local museum the bike tour continues through the gardens of the châteaux, or palace of Fontainebleau. This medieval royal residence and hunting lodge was very much in favor among French kings, such as Louis VII and Napoleon III.

Nowadays you’ll find a museum in this UNESCO World Heritage Site: the most beautiful sights of this château are the gallery of Francis I; the ballroom with an ornate coffered ceiling and a floor that mirrors the design of the ceiling; the queen’s bedroom and the apartment of the Pope.

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