Chateau Comtal and ramparts
Chateau Comtal and rampartshttp://plusthekids.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/d4/52/d9/6286937064-8bee793869-z-79-1430847491.jpg
The Château Comtal (Count’s Castle) is a medieval castle within the Cité of Carcassonne, the largest city in Europe with its city walls still intact. The Medieval Cité lies within the modern city of Carcassonne in the Aude department, of which Carcassonne is the prefecture, in the former province of Languedoc.
Although the outer curtain wall of the cité is French, and the whole site has been substantially restored, the Château Comtal has a strong claim to be called a "Cathar Castle". When the Catholic Crusader army arrived in 1209 they first attacked Raymond-Roger Trencavel's castrum at Bèziers and then moved on to his main stronghold at Carcassonne.
The castle was restored in 1853 by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. You can visit the medieval cite (free) and the Château Comtal (entry fee).
Good for older kids, challenging with young ones
We visited on a very busy Saturday in May. This chateau is in the old medieval city of Carcassonne and you pay 8euro and kids are free. There is an intresting movie that tells the history of the town and the castle but it is in French with English subtitles and so for non readers you will need to tell them what it says. The 5 year old found it very boring.
There are great views from the ramparts and interesting history all around. Lots of steps etc so not great for prams, like the rest of Carcassonne cite.
So I think good for older kids and adults will enjoy but difficult with young ones - a short visit will be possible but not much to amuse them really.
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years