The Count's castle and ramparts are part of UNESCO's World Heritage.
A unique experience in the largest fortified enclosure in France. Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,500 years of history. See a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the fortified walls and the ramparts; discover the archeological museum and many other attractions. New! Magnificent views from the medieval western ramparts, self-guided tour.