Rendez-vous at the Château of Coucy

  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

Rendez-vous at the Château of Coucy Château de Coucy 02380 Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique fr

The ruins of an exceptional fortress

Situated in Picardy, the Château and fortifications formed one of the largest defensive structures ever constructed in France. Spreading over 14 hectares, Coucy originally included 33 towers and ramparts stretching over two kilometres. The four main corner towers were  similar in size to the central keep of the royal palace of the Louvre while the keep at Coucy was the largest castle tower in Christendom. The ruins remain an impressive and evocative reminder of Coucy’s grandeur despite being badly damaged in the First World War.

Practical information

  • Monument accessible to people with reduced mobility
  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Spanish, Dutch (Reservations: 1 week)
  • Guided tour: French (Reservations: 8 days)
  • Audio-guide tour
  • Not to be missed: in summer, the mediaeval château comes back to life with “Coucy à la Merveille”, a historical show involving over 300 volunteer performers. Based on historical events, the colourful show features mediaeval dancing, knights in combat, jousts, acrobats and fire-eaters.

Access

  • To the north of the main road between Reims and Rouen 19 km to the north of Soissons 90 km north of Paris
  • From Reims or Compiègne: R31, Soissons then D1, Saint-Quentin to Coucy-le-Château Auffrique
  • Restrictions on D5 (height 3.30 m, width 2.70 m)500 m from monument

Contact

Château de Coucy
02380 Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique

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