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circumCompiègne et son agglomération

Tourism


Palais de Compiègne


Imperial palace (National Museums)

Lien vers vue à 360°Transformed and enlarged under Louis XVI, then developed by Napoleon I after the revolution, the Palais de Compiègne experienced its hour of glory thanks to Napoleon III. He welcomed the most important people in Europe during the famous Series. Similarly to these prestigious guests, meet the crowned heads who lived in Compiègne and share the Court's entertainments.

CONTACT

Place du Général de Gaulle
60200 COMPIEGNE
Tél : 03 44 38 47 02

Web Site

E-Mail

Lien vers vue à 360°Enter into the sovereigns' private life with a visit to the imperial apartments, a splendid group of First and Second Empire decors restored to their original state. Let yourself be moved by the collections from the Second Empire and the Car Museums, without equal in France.

Open every day except Tuesday.
Closed on 01/01, 01/05, 25/12 and certain public holidays.
Free entrance: citizens of the European Community under 26 years of age.
Free entrance: for all on the first Sunday of each month. When exempt from an entrance fee, an audio-guide is €1.

The grand apartments :
01/04 to 31/10: open from 10 a.m. to 12.30 and from 1.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
01/11 to 31/03: open from 10 a.m. to 12.30 and from 1.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(last admission 45 mins before closing time)
The national car and tourism museum and The Second Empire museum :
See the website www.musee-chateau-compiegne.fr or call us on (0033) 3 44 38 47 00.


The imperial palace park

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Lien vers vue à 360°Take advantage of a nature break by strolling through the paths in the landscaped garden, called the "remarkable garden". The Park, designed by Gabriel, was laid out again under Napoleon I by Berthault who made the Marie- Louise's shady arbour there and marked out the Beaux-Monts perspective (5 km). A collection of about 30 marble sculptures, in a French classic spirit, taking inspiration from antiquity, can be discovered as you walk along. The whole offers a harmonious and original composition, the quality approaches for the walkers and lovers of botany, history and art.



Open from 01/11 to 29/02 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From 01/03 to 15/04 and from 16/09 to 31/10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From 16/04 to 15/09 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(last admission 15 minutes before closing time)


Musée de la Figurine Historique

Historic figurine museum

An original museum with a collection of more than 100,000 military or civil figurines grouped into living scenes.

Open from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Closed on Monday as well as: 01/01, 01/05, 14/07, 01/11 and 25/12.
Free entrance: under 7 years of age and for all on the first Sunday of each month.
Reduced price for the under 18 years - other pricing terms : consult the Museum

CONTACT

28 place de l’Hôtel de Ville
60200 COMPIEGNE
Tél : 03 44 20 26 04

Web Site


Musée Antoine Vivenel

Antoine Vivenel museum of art and archeology


Located in the former Hôtel de Songeons, it houses magnificent collections of art and archaeology including an exceptional set of antique Greek vases.

Open from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Closed on Monday as well as : 01/01, 01/05, 14/07, 01/11 and 25/12.
Free entrance : under 7 years of age and for all on the first Sunday of each month.
Reduced price for the under 18 years - other pricing terms : consult the Museum

Combined admission with the Saint-Corneille cloister museum.

CONTACT

2 rue d’Austerlitz
60200 COMPIEGNE
Tél : 03 44 20 26 04

Web Site


Musée Antoine Vivenel

Saint-Corneille cloister museum

Founded in the 9th century by the Emperor Charles the Bald, the Saint-Corneille abbey was the centre of Compiègne's history up to the Revolution. The recently restored abbey cloister is partly incorporated into the Saint- Corneille library. The Saint-Corneille Cloister museum located in the other galleries has a superb collection of medieval and renaissance religious sculptures from the collections in the Antoine Vivenel Museum in Compiègne.

Open from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Closed on Monday as well as: 01/01, 01/05, 14/07, 01/11 and 25/12.
Combined admission with the Antoine Vivenel Museum of Art and Archaeology.

CONTACT

Rue Saint-Corneille
60200 COMPIEGNE
Tél : 03 44 20 26 04

Web Site


Mémorial de l'internement et de la déportation

Memorial to internment and the deportation - Royallieu Camp

A military barracks built in 1913 for the 54th Infantry Regiment, during the Second World War, the Royallieu camp became Frontstalag 122, the main German internment camp for the 45,000 unfortunates of all origins destined to be deported by the Nazi dictatorship. Not far from the monument created by the sculptor Muguet, since February 2008, three buildings of the former camp house the memorial which, thanks to new audiovisual technologies, bears witness to one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century.

Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Closed on Tuesday – Closed on 01/01 and 25/12.
Guided visits for groups by appointment only on (0033)3 44 96 37 03.

CONTACT

Camp de Royallieu
2 bis avenue des Martyrs de la Liberté
60200 COMPIEGNE
Tél : 03 44 96 37 00

Web Site

Tél : 03 44 90 73 09

E-Mail


Clairière de l'Armistice

The glade of the armistice

On 11 November 1918, the armistice was signed putting bringing the First World War to an end. The museum shows a carriage identical to the one used on that day and contains a large number of historic souvenirs of the two World Wars.

Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Tuesday from 15 September to 31 March
Last admission at 5.30 p.m.
Free of charge for children under 7 years' old

CONTACT

Route de Soissons
60200 COMPIEGNE
Tél : 03 44 85 14 18

Web Site


Deportation car memorial

The Deportation Car Memorial, set in the station at Compiègne-Margny-lès-Compiègne, traces the Deportation by rail and is intended as a memorial to the 45,000 prisoners, deported to the “death camps” from here, between 1942 and 1944, during the last World War.

CONTACT

Tél : 03 44 90 73 09

E-Mail

This is a supplement to the “Royallieu” Transit Camp in Compiègne (n°17), and shows just how the prisoners came here on foot guarded by the Nazi soldiers, and their living conditions during the terrible train journey.
Two railway cars have been restored to their original state, true to the records of the time, and silhouettes and a number of films showing accounts by former deportees can be seen here.


Town hall



A jewel of the late Gothic art period, the Hôtel de Ville was built between 1498 and 1530 and restored at the end of the 19th century. Its façade is embellished with an equestrian statue of Louis XII. At the top of the belfry which holds the "Bancloque", one of the oldest communal clocks in France, the 3 Picantins (Langlois, Lansquenet and Flandrin) mark the hours with their mallets.



Saint-Nicolas general hospital



Built in the 18th century under Saint-Louis, it contains a 17th century chapel with a magnificent baroque altarpiece in carved wood.





The king’s big tower




The ruined 12th century royal dungeon.





Parc de Songeons



Located in the former Hôtel de Songeons, it houses some arcades from the former Jacobin convent.





Saint-Antoine church



Built between the 13th to 16th centuries, it has a magnificent flamboyant Gothic façade decorated with a rose and openwork handrails, the choir is from the same period.






Saint-Jacques church (13th - 18th century)



Joan of Arc came to pray there in 1430 on the morning of her capture. A royal parish enriched with donations from Louis XV, it was then decorated with carved wood panelling, marble and stucco (a treasure of relics is exhibited there).




The ramparts



A walk laid out as a garden where one can discover part of the rampart which protected Compiègne in the 12th to 17th centuries.





The great stables

Built in 1738 by Gabriel for the royal and imperial horses, from 1876 the Great Stables housed the Stud Farm administration's stallion registry. Currently the headquarters of the French Horse and Riding Institute for Picardy and the Nord Pas-de-Calais, stemming from the amalgamation of the National Stud Farms and the National School - Cadre Noir de Saumur, a project to open the Great Stables with the collections from the Musée de la Voiture et du Tourisme harnessed team events.


Guided visits every thursday on july and august. Contact the Tourist Office for any request for guided tour for groups (no unaccompanied visits).


Saint-Pierre-des-Minimes church



The oldest church in Compiègne (12th century), behind its Roman doors, nowadays it offers a fine area for art exhibitions and concerts.

Tuesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., free admission.