Hiking to Château de la Madeleine


Maison du parc, Chemin Jean Racine,
78460 Chevreuse, France

Castle Madeleine was built between 1020 and 1090, on the hilltop in the village of Chevreuse. It is , 20 miles (32 km) from Gare de Nord in Paris. The castle isn’t open and there isn’t much to do but to surveying the landscape down below. But the hike from the train station to the castle is enjoyable.

The tickets from Gare du Nord to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse is €5.20 on RER B line, takes about 50 minutes. This line passes Norte Dame, City University, etc. There are a few attractive towns on the way, such as Palaiseau. Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse is the last stop. We’ve coffee at Le Chalet which is cross the street from the train station.

At the junction of Rue Ditte and D938 which is west of the train station, going north (turn right) is the motor way which we opted to do.  Crossing it and go straight is the hiking train to the castle, which we did on the way down.

The street is narrow. Few shops and homes lined this stretch of the road, near the train station. I saw many groups of children heading toward the trail.

… scenes on the way up

… and the castle

We’ve lunch at Les Bannières and took the hiking trail down.


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