Travel Itinerary Map for Day Trip in Carcassonne

Carcassonne Fortress

Carcassonne

Check Point
・Fortified city registered as a world heritage site

・Townscape with medieval scenery

・View from the bridge

【City description】

It’s one of the most popular touristic sites in France. The fortress on a hill is a citadel which keep a medieval landscape. It was a base camp of the Crusader. Although it’s far from the station to the citadel, we can find the local life in the town and a beautiful landscape from the bridge.

【Overall rating】

 ★★★★★

【Time required】

 6 h

【Budget】

 21 euros

【Fatigue】

 ★★★★★



Itinerary Map

Navigation

【Start】
①Carcassonne Station

★Go to Maréchal Joffre Avenue in front of the station while walking on the center street. It takes 15 minutes.

②Square of Général de Gaulle

★Go straight on Commandant Roumens Boulevard for 10 minutes.

③Old Bridge

★Pass the bridge and go to Trivalle St. When you find a sign written “LA CITE” on the right hand, go up Gustave Nadaud St. It takes 15 minutes.

④Narbonnaise Gate

★Go to Cros Mayrevieille St and turn right at Château Square.

⑤Public toilets

★Continue to walk on Plo St.

⑥Museum of the school

★Continue down the street until you reach the church.

⑦Saint Nazaire Basilic

★Go to Saint-Louis St in front of the basilic and turn right at the dead end. It takes 5 minutes.

⑧Comtal Castle

★Walk in the citadel as you want. When you leave the citadel, return to the old bridge and turn right to go to another bridge. It takes 20 minutes.

⑨New Bridge

★Pass the New Bridge and go to Gambetta Square. It takes 10 minutes.

⑩Art Museum

★Go to Verdun St beside the museum and turn right at the third crossroad. As you return to the street where you’ve already walked, go straight to go back to the station. It takes 15 minutes.

【Goal】
Carcassonne Station


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【Start】

①Carcassonne Station

Gare de Carcassonne

★Go to Maréchal Joffre Avenue in front of the station while walking on the center street. It takes 15 minutes.


②Square of Général de Gaulle

Square of Général de Gaulle

Place de Général de Gaulle

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is a square on the outskirts of the castle town. There is a gate as the exit from the town, so turn left from here and head towards the fortress.


★Go straight on Commandant Roumens Boulevard for 10 minutes.


③Old Bridge

Pont Vieux

Time required: 10 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

It’s an old bridge over the River Aude and you can see the Citadel from here.


★Pass the bridge and go to Trivalle St. When you find a sign written “LA CITE” on the right hand, go up Gustave Nadaud St. It takes 15 minutes.


④Narbonnaise Gate

Porte Narbonnaise

Time required: 10 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is the entrance gate to the fortified city. You can go directly inside the castle walls, but you can also walk around the castle from between the double walls (time required: 30 minutes, cost: 9 euros Common ticket with Castle of Comtal).


★Go to Cros Mayrevieille St and turn right at Château Square.


⑤Public toilets

Let’s take a break here. Please note that there may be no lights. In that case, you can use your smartphone’s light.


★Continue to walk on Plo St.


⑥Museum of the school

Museum of the school

Musée de l’École

Time required: 30 min

Admission fee: 4 euros

Opening hour: 9 h 45 am – 12 h 30 / 1 h 30 pm – 6 h 15 pm

Close: Sunday, Monday and national holiday

This is a museum that recreates an old French elementary school. The classrooms from back then are still intact, and you can actually sit in the seats.


★Continue down the street until you reach the church.


⑦Saint Nazaire Basilic

Saint Nazaire Basilic

Basilique Saint Nazaire

Time required: 20 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 am – 6 h 30 pm
9 am – 10 h 45 am / 12 h 30 – 6 h 30 pm on Sunday
(until 8 pm in summer / until 5 h 30 pm in winter)

Close: No

A church inside a fortified city. The church dates back to the time of the Crusades in the 11th century and was renovated in the 19th century. The stained glass is very beautiful and I highly recommend it.


★Go to Saint-Louis St in front of the basilic and turn right at the dead end. It takes 5 minutes.


⑧Comtal Castle

Comtal Castle

Château Comtal

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 17 euros

Opening hour:
9 h 30 am – 5 pm between October and March
10 am – 6 h 30 pm between April and September

Close: No

You can visit the castle of Carcassonne. Inside, you can see exhibits and introductions to the history of the castle. You can also climb up the castle walls and see the city. This wall extends all the way to the Narbonnaise Gate.


Let’s try the local dish Cassoulet! !

cassoulet

The Occitanie region, where Carcassonne is located, is famous for a dish called Cassoulet. It is a dish of duck meat, sausage, and white beans that is heated for a long time in a bowl called a cassole, and can also be eaten at the restaurant inside the Citadel of Carcassonne. Check out other specialties here! !


★Walk in the citadel as you want. When you leave the citadel, return to the old bridge and turn right to go to another bridge. It takes 20 minutes.


⑨New Bridge

New Bridge

Pont Neuf

Time required: 10 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is a new bridge built to replace the bridge ③. From here you can see the entire fort.

★Pass the New Bridge and go to Gambetta Square. It takes 10 minutes.


⑩Art Museum

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Carcassonne

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 10 am – 12 h 30 / 1 h 30 pm – 6 h 15 pm

Close: Sunday, Monday

The museum is located in one corner of the square, and although it is small, there are many paintings and sculptures on display.

★Go to Verdun St beside the museum and turn right at the third crossroad. As you return to the street where you’ve already walked, go straight to go back to the station. It takes 15 minutes.



【Goal】

Carcassonne Station



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