Escape to Carcassonne

Walk the impressive ramparts of the monumental city


Next step of our medieval and summer journey: the city of Carcassonne, in the heart of the Cathar country. Discover the castle and its 3 km long ramparts, with your invitations from the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.

To know

The city of Carcassonne is a key city in the formation of the national territory. Center of the power of the Counts of Carcassonne and then of the famous Trencavel family in the 12th century, it became, following the Albigensian crusade when the royal forces seized Carcassonne, accused of complicity with the Cathars, a royal stronghold governed by a seneschal. It guaranteed the border between France and Aragon until the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659. 
The city and the ramparts of Carcassonne are a jewel case preserved by the multiple works that it underwent throughout its 2500 years of history. While the city was on the verge of demolition and was used as a stone quarry in the 19th century, Viollet-le-Duc and his successor Paul Boeswillwald gave it back its medieval aspect. In the 1960s, the Gallo-Roman towers were covered with tiles and it was only in 1997 that this masterpiece of Gallo-Roman and medieval military architecture was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Invitations valid until December 31, 2022
From 10am to 6:15pm, last entry at 5:45pm

Castle and ramparts of Carcassonne
1 rue Violet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne

Your paper tickets will be sent to you by mail on working days after your reservation.
The reservation of a time slot for the visit (select "other freebies") is mandatory on the website of the castle and the ramparts of Carcassonne:

Photo credits: Cité de Carcassonne © Centre des monuments nationaux

1 rue Violet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne