The castle’s second gate, Porte d'Aude, was partly destroyed in 1816 and no longer has its drawbridge.
Built on a steep spur of rock, Carcassonne’s rampart-ringed fortress dates back over two millennia. The fortified town is encircled by...
The main gateway to La Cité , Porte Narbonnaise leads into the citadel’s interior, a maze of cobbled lanes and courtyards, now mostly...
Concerts, opera and events throughout the year, including many during the Festival de Carcassonne, take place in this extraordinary...
In old shuttered auberge (country inn), complete with beams and original hearth, this family-run bistro serves meaty cassoulet (stew...
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Château Comtal information
To actually walk on La Cité's ramparts, you have to pay to enter the Château Comtal, a keep built for the viscounts of Carcassonne during the 12th century. Admission includes access to the keep’s rooms and a section of the battlements, with fabulous views over the surrounding countryside and the distant Pyrenees. Tours in several languages are available in summer; check with the tourist office for schedules. It's free on the first Sunday of the month from November to March.