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CarcassonneFrance

Walk along charming cobblestone streets and admire views from medieval castle ramparts in one of Languedoc’s most visited cities.

Carcassonne’s classic medieval castle stands grandly on a hilltop against the stunning backdrop of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain). The town is divided into the Bastide St-Louis (or the Ville Basse or Lower City) and the medieval Cité, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join millions of visitors admiring the landmark castle annually and explore the lesser-known Ville Basse.

Start your trip with a visit to the Cité. An important stronghold for more than 2,000 years, this fort is protected by inner and outer walls and 52 stone towers. The fortress was renovated by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the second half of the 19th century. He transformed it into today’s artistic masterpiece. Enter through the main gateway of Porte Narbonnaise into the citadel’s interior, where you’ll find souvenir shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Head to Château Comtal for views from the castle ramparts. Look around the rooms of this 12th-century keep and read interesting descriptive panels. Join a guided tour of the ramparts to view the surrounding countryside and the Pyrenees.

Inspect the wonderful rose windows and detailed carvings of the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire. It was built between the 11th and 14th centuries and is home to a historic organ, one of the oldest in southwestern France. Climb the tower for gorgeous views over the Cité. Check for any scheduled performances of the all-male quintet that frequently sings traditional chants here.

Spend a few hours exploring the city’s quieter Ville Basse, located on the left bank of the River Aude. The highlight of this more modern area of the city is the Musee des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum). Examine the superb collection of 17th- and 18th-century Flemish paintings and works by local artists.

Take a free shuttle from Carcassonne’s airport 2 miles (3 kilometers) east to the city. Most trains traveling south or east from Toulouse stop in Carcassonne. A drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne will take just over an hour.

Where to stay in Carcassonne

City of Carcassonne, Carcassonne, Aude, France

City of Carcassonne

5/5Exceptional!(44 area reviews)

Travelers come to City of Carcassonne for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse and Chateau Comtal while you're in town.

City of Carcassonne
Carcassonne featuring landscape views, heritage architecture and a castle

Bastide Saint-Louis

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

Bastide Saint-Louis is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Place Carnot and St. Vincent Church.

Bastide Saint-Louis

Top Hotels in Carcassonne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
4 out of 5
Allée Georges Roux, Couiza, Aude
The price is NT$4,347 per night

Situated in Couiza, this historic hotel is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from Rennes-le-Chateau Church and 9.8 mi (15.8 km) from Piano Museum. The Nature Trail And The Green ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (68 reviews)

"Wonderful setting! Dinner experience exceptional!!! Quiet, peaceful and after all a true castle! Would have loved to stay longer but need to continue on our bicycle tour🚲. Merci! Jill & Marco"…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/8

Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne, France
DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne, France
5 out of 5
2 Rue des Calquières, Carcassonne
The price is NT$3,894 per night

Located in the heart of Carcassonne, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pont-Neuf de Carcassonne and Place Carnot. St. Vincent Church and Parc du ...

4.3/5Excellent! (163 reviews)

"We have just come back from a 5 days stay at this hotel and we could not have booked a better hotel. It's location is excellent, with beautiful views over the river and old city and only a 5 to 10 mins walk into the centre of Carcassonne. The rooms were not overly large, however I liked the fact ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/6

DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne, France
Soleil Vacances Hotel les Chevaliers
Soleil Vacances Hotel les Chevaliers
4 out of 5
2 Rue des Calquières, Carcassonne
The price is NT$2,536 per night

Situated in Carcassonne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pont-Neuf de Carcassonne and Place Carnot. St. Vincent Church and Parc du Père Noël are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (255 reviews)
Well placed and comfy, near town and the castle

"Very pleasant stay, near the castle. The room was very hot when i arrived, and even after the front desk turned the temperature down to 18, it was still a little warm. But the bed was comfy, and the shower worked, so all fine"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/27

Soleil Vacances Hotel les Chevaliers

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Chateau de Peyrepertuse
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Chateau de Peyrepertuse

5/5(4 reviews)

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Puivert Castle
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Puivert Castle

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Puivert when you spend time at Puivert Castle. Discover the countryside while you're in the area.

Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse
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Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse

5/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Carcassonne with a stop at Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse. While in this romantic area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Narbonnaise Gate
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Narbonnaise Gate

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Carcassonne when you spend time at Narbonnaise Gate. While in this romantic area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Lagrasse Abbey
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Lagrasse Abbey

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Lagrasse with a trip to Lagrasse Abbey. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the spas while you're in the area.

Basilica of Saint-Nazaire
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Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

5/5(5 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Basilica of Saint-Nazaire during your stay in Carcassonne. Amble around this relaxing area's marina or experience its theater scene.

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