Compiegne, 60 km north form Paris, Compiegne is a lovely olc city, a marvelous royal forest and two great castles.
Compiegne Forest is, with Fontainebleau Forest, one of the great royal hunting forests of France. Sixty kilometers north of Paris by A1 freeway, close to Charles de Gaulle Paris Airport, it has superb oak and beech trees.
Compiegne Forest attracts horse and bicycle riders and is a perfect destination from Paris for a day. One hour train from Paris to Compiegne. Train tickets. Rent a bicycle at the station and you are ready for a great day.
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At the edge of Compiegne Forest, the Compiegne Palace was a favourite Castle of Napoleon III, Emperor of France between 1852 and 1870. Web site.
In Compiegne Forest, the incredible and massive 1396 Pierrefonds Castle (tel 33 (0)3 44 42 72 72) was restored during 19th century by Viollet le Duc. Web site.
We recommend Pierrefonds Castle. In a romantic setting, you are back to the Middle Ages.
Also in Compiegne Forest, you can visit the Rethondes Armistice Clearing where World War One formally ended on November 11th 1918. Web site.
You can visit a replica of the carriage where Marshall Foch accepted the surrender of the German armies.
The Compiegne Forest and City are especially recommended in the fall. The colors of the leaves vary from yellow to red. A great excursion from Paris.