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Tourism & Surroundings

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the medieval city

Culture & heritage

Ideally located in the Occitanie region, at the crossroads of two major traffic routes - linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and the Massif Central to Spain - which have been used since ancient times, the Hôtel de la Cité is an integral part of Carcassonne's local heritage.
Right in the heart of the medieval city, built on the site of the former episcopal palace, this 5-star hotel adjoins the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire and, from the ramparts of the citadel, overlooks the lower town, now known as the Bastide Saint Louis. With its 52 watchtowers and double ring of walls, it is a unique architectural ensemble, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Restored in 1887 by the architect Violet le Duc, this fortress is now the largest fortified town in Europe.

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and its medieval city

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Activities in Carcassonne

Discover the region differently

There's much more to visiting Carcassonne than the medieval city and its ramparts, beautiful and majestic though they are. Carcassonne offers a wide range of outdoor activities to help you discover the region in new and unexpected ways.

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Natural site Carcassonne

The riches of the land

An adventure in the natural sites around Carcassonne is guaranteed to provide a change of scenery and a feast for the eyes. Remarkable views are available to the most experienced walkers, because all this natural beauty has to be earned. In summer, the lakes and canyons are a breath of fresh air.

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The tourist map

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Access & Transport

Coming to the Hôtel de la Cité

All the information you need to get to the Hôtel de la Cité, in the heart of its emblematic location in the medieval city of Carcassonne, from the top of its ramparts, overlooking the Bastide Saint-Louis.