France’s Most Visited Place: Fontainebleau Castle and Forest


Fontainebleau CastleApart from the ever romantically famous Eiffel Tower, France is known for its wildlife and forest attractions. Fontainebleau Castle and Forest has been noted to have 13 million visitors yearly, surpassing the Eiffel Tower, with only 6 million visitors. Fontainebleau Forest is protected by France’s Office National des Forets which has 25,000 hectares of forest surrounding the vicinity of Fontainebleau and its neighbouring villages. The place is a former royal hunting park that is often visited by walkers and horse riders. Several sport activities are said to be perfect in this neighbourhood. Card games, Tennis, and rock climbing are the usual sports of the people residing in this area.

Card Games in the Castle 

Blackjack and poker are popularly played card games throughout Fontainebleau, France. In fact, poker uses a 52-card deck of French cards, which is said to have originated in France. The card game’s popularity in France is on the rise as it made numerous French poker players known in land based and online based casinos worldwide. One famous French poker player, Vanessa Rousso, extended her overwhelming excellent poker skills and strategic gameplays at online poker websites like partypoker français. Aside from playing poker as a sport, poker can be a relaxing alternative to those who have been working excessively. Online poker gaming websites developed their downloadable mobile applications, providing online poker enthusiasts an easy way to play through their mobile phones anywhere – even in the courtyards of Fontainebleau. Furthermore, visitors can share their great strolling experiences in Fontainebleau with their friends at online gaming portals. The Royal Courtyards listed below are also some of the most visited historical places in Fontainebleau which visitors can boast about online.

Fontainebleau Castle

Royal Courtyards 
The Real Tennis Room is known to be the oldest of the three remaining historical rooms in France. The place is normally a tennis place, and known for its popular old saying “the game of kings, the king of games.” The Real Tennis room is now a place of regular tournaments and promotes all tennis enthusiasts to play the sport all year long.

The Palace buildings are composed of five main courtyards, popular to due to its complicated infrastructures. Each area has several names according to different periods. The Court of the White Horse is prominent by its high-roofed pavilions that date back to the 16th century. Its famous double horse-shoe staircase was built in 1963 by Jean Androuet Du Cerceau.

The Ballroom is built under Francois I and then had its building completion under Henri II by Philibert Delorme. Its luxuriously gold and silver ceiling decoration never fails to be adored by its recent and regular visitors.

(PHOTO: Guilhem Vellut)

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  1. ciki says:

    your photos make me miss France! I want to go back this year:)

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