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Tourism in Compiègne between forest, castles and walks
Saint-Jean-aux-Bois and Compiègne Forest
In a privileged setting in the heart of Compiègne Forest, the medieval village of Saint-Jean-aux-Bois is home to a beautiful 13th century abbey as well as a magnificent tree: the “Saint-Jean” oak. More than 750 years old, it is the oldest tree in the forest. It is easy to recognise with its 8-metre circumference at its base and its imposing presence.
During your stay at the Auberge A la Bonne Idée, be sure to visit Compiègne just 11 kilometres away. The town is easily accessible along the hiking routes, forest trails and cycle paths.
Castles and heritage
While you are in Compiègne, pay a visit to its remarkable castle. King Charles V had the fortress built, which, over the years, was extended in the reigns of Louis XV and Napoléon I. After the fall of the Imperial regime in 1870, Compiègne Castle became a national museum. Charles VII and Charles X, the kings crowned in Reims, stayed there at the start of their reign.
Then, follow the “Eugénie” route and visit the fortress of Pierrefonds, a medieval building rebuilt in the 19th century by Viollet-le-Duc. This heritage site includes the main features of the Medieval defensive structure and was listed as a historical monument in 1862.
Outdoor leisure activities
Nature is everywhere and offers the opportunity for many sports activities: horse riding, golf, mountain biking, and more. You will be spoilt for choice.
With family or friends, treat yourself to a breath of fresh air, far from the pollution and the noise. Just the quiet of the forest will guide you for a peaceful stay.