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By car:
From Paris: motorways A3, and then A1: exit 9 Chevrières or 10 Arsy
From Lille: motorway A1: exit 10 Arsy
N31 (Rouen - Rheims) 35 mn Roissy/Charles de Gaulle Airport

By plane: Roissy/Charles de Gaulle Airport nearby

By train: TGV - Roissy to Paris
Direct line from SNCF Gare du Nord à Paris - Compiègne - Amsterdam - Cologne. Every day there are 19 Paris-Compiègne trains, 10 of which do the journey in less than 52 minutes.

Tourist Information Office

Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
B.P. 9 - 60321 CompiègneCedex
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 40 01 00 - Fax: +33 (0)3 44 40 23 28
Group service: +33 (0)3 44 40 03 76
Minitel: 36.15 COMPIEGNE Tourisme
Internet (in French):
Guided tours led by French Ministry of Culture guides:
Rendez-vous 3-30pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays at the Tourist Information


Museum of Historical Figurines
28, place de l'Hôtel de Ville
60200, Compiègne
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 40 72 55
Open from 9am to Midday and from 2pm to 6pm, from March to October
Open from 9am to Midday and from 2pm to 5pm, from November to February.
Closed Mondays and Sunday mornings

Musée national du Château de Compiègne
* the historic apartments
* Musée du Second Empire - musée de l'Impératrice
* Musée de la voiture et du tourisme
Place du Général de Gaulle
BP 10769 - 60207 Compiègne Cedex 2
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 38 47 00; fax +33 (0)3 44 38 47 01
Obligatory bookings for groups: +33 (0)3 44 38 47 02
Open every day from 10am to 6pm except Tuesdays
From 1 November to 28 February, the major apartments will be open from 10am to 3-45pm

Guided tours: the major apartments and the Musée de la Voiture et du Tourisme
Talk/visits from September to March at 11am and 3pm:
- History, décor and furniture
- Napoleon I and Marie-Louise
- The King of Rome and Compiègne
- Napoleon III and Eugénie
Talk/visits on specific themes from September to March at 3pm.
The park is open from 8am to 5pm in winter and from 7-30am to 8pm in summer.

Imperial Theatre
Association pour le Théâtre de Compiègne
3, rue Othenin 60200 Compiègne
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 40 17 10
Fax: +33 (0)3 44 40 44 04
Performance bookings (numéro vert): 0800 03 13 46

Château de Pierrefonds
60 350 Pierrefonds
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 42 72 72
Fax: +33 (0)3 44 42 36 59
Open every day except 1 January, 1 May, 11 November and 25 December.
March, April, September, October: 10am-12-30pm; 2pm-6pm. Sundays and public holidays: 10am-6pm
May, June, July, August: 10am-6pm
November, December, January, February: 10am-12-30pm; 2pm-5pm; 10am-5-30pm on Sundays

Pavillon de chasse de l'Impératrice Eugénie
Etangs de Saint-Pierre
Forêt de Compiègne
Visit permitted only by prior appointment with Office National des Forêts: +33 (0)3 44 40 02 75.

Supporting Associations

The Musées nationaux du château de Compiègne have three associations which assist in the development and life of the château's collections, namely:

La société des amis du château de Compiègne
Château de Compiègne BP 10769 - 60207 Compiègne Cedex 2
Tel.: +33 (0)

La société des amis du Musée national de la voiture et du tourisme
Château de Compiègne BP 10769 - 60207 Compiègne Cedex 2
Tel.: +33 (0)

L'Association européenne pour les théâtres de cour et théâtres privés
Château de Compiègne BP 10769 - 60207 Compiègne Cedex 2
Tel.: +33 (0)

Carriage rides, horse riding, mountain biking, boating and walking


Imperial carriage rides
All rides leave from the entrance to the parc du château, with a choice of three routes:
1 - Visit with commentary to the parc historique du château de Compiègne (30 mn)
2 - Visit with commentary to the major monuments in Compiègne (30 mn)
3 - Guided visits with qualified tour guides:
- the historic apartments and the park visited by carriage (2h)
- The Musée national de la voiture et du tourisme and the parc visited by carriage (2h)
- The Musée national de la voiture et du tourisme, departure from the park by carriage and visit to the stud farm (2h)
- The park seen by carriage (1h)
From 17 April to to October, every weekend and public holiday; every day in July and August. Every day from April to October (groups only, reserve in advance). Route 3 is available every day except Tuesdays and public holidays (+33 (0)3 44 38 47 02)
For information, consult the Tourist Information Office and the Ecuries de la Chaussée (Mr Cassez +33 (0)1 64 36 65 42)

Haras national (National stud farm)
1, bd Victor-Hugo 60200 Compiègne
Open every day from 2pm to 5pm
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 38 54 50

Horse riding
Comité départemental de tourisme équestre
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 51 22 84

Vieux-Moulin Riding School
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 85 62 87


Cyclable tracks - Bike hire
Flat 35km circuit of cyclable tracks through the forest from Compiègne to Pierrefonds and passing via Saint-Jean-aux-Bois. 200 models of bike available (from 'gondola' bikes to mountain bikes) for hire from Chez Picardie Forêts vertes (+33 (0)3 44 90 05 05 or +33 (0)6 07 54 99 26) or from AB cyclette (+33 (0)6 85 08 12 80)
Boat trips on the Oise and the Aisne
From April to end of October. Trips available ranging from 1h30, to 1/2 day or full day with meal on board or in a hotel. Boats pick up and set down at Compiègne, Cours Guynemer. Call the Tourist Information Office to book.
Discover Compiègne forest on foot with an official Office National des Forêts guided tour, from May to October. Themes include: 'In the foosteps of the Empress Eugènie: The forest around the étangs de Saint-Pierre'; 'Night walks: a new sensation'; 'His majesty the stag, a twilight watch', etc.
Information and bookings: +33 (0)3 44 40 02 75



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