Chateau of Coucy, Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique

#5 of 51 in Historic Sites in Aisne
Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
Chateau of Coucy is listed on France’s Monument Historique. The castle, built in the 1220s by Enguerrand III de Coucy, was renovated by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century. In April 1917, the German army dynamited the keep and the four towers using 28 tons of explosives to prevent their use by enemy artillery spotters as the Germans fell back from the region. Despite this, you can now safely enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of this most visited castle in France. Plan to visit Chateau of Coucy during your Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique vacation using our convenient Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique trip planner.
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  • This site is the most amazing place; atmospheric and steeped in history. Also with the most breathtaking views.  more »
  • This was one of the mightiest fortresses of France. It was a national treasure, and still is - what is left of it. However, it was occupied by the Germans in WW1 and before they left, they destroyed.....  more »
  • Great ruins! Explanation boards very helpful.
  • Amazing place. Steeped in history and with a rich past. Our expectations were low because from the drive up to it, it looked like a crumbling ruin. In reality it’s a stunning site, with many areas restored carefully to make visiting these areas very exciting. I loved that even as a ruin, I found graffiti on some stones from WWI right back to 1799. I bet there is some even older to give an indication of people being at this Chateaux since 920. In fact the whole town is walled and protected by towers and makes for a fascinating visit. There are some cramped and tight spiral steps to get up some of the towers and a lot of the ground is uneven in places so accessibility would be an issue. There is a proper reception area with souvenirs and they accept payment by cash and card. We spent 1.5 hours there and were really blown away by the size and quality of the site. Would highly recommend.
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