Get off the beaten track and explore even more places around !

There are several other places to visit around the Retz-en-Valois, about 20 to 30 minutes drive


About 20 minutes away, nested between the forest of Retz and the forest of Compiègne is the village of Pierrefonds.

Pierrefonds is famously known for its amazing château, originally built during the 14th century, the château is dismantled during the 17th century. Bought by Napoléon III in 1811, the château is restored by French architect of the Romantic Era: Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. The visionary architect will turn the ruins into the magnificent and unique monument it is now, a perfect combination of new technics and gothic architectural details.

The château de Pierrefonds

In the village, there are plenty restaurants, ice cream shops and tea rooms. During the summer season, enjoy an incredible view on the château from a pedalo on the lake.

Tourist Office of Pierrefonds


If you are fond of ancient monuments, old abbeys, architecture, history and legends, then you’ll like Soissons!

Have you ever heard of the legend of Clovis and the vase of Soissons? This legendary moment of the French history deeply resonates in the streets of Soissons. Visit the majestic ruins of the Jean-des-Vignes Abbey on the highest point of the city. Then stop at the former abbey Saint-Léger that hosts the museum of Soissons and its collections, from the Archaeological times to Flemish paintings and many more.

During the summer season, many activities await the whole family along the river Aisne. Why not exploring the town while looking for C215’s (the French Banksy) paintings and stencils hiding everywhere?

Don’t miss the weekly market on Wednesday and Saturday morning nearby the cathedral

Tourist Office of Soissons

The Fort de Condé

Located nearby the Chemin des Dames battlefield, the fort is a perfect example of the late 19th century military architecture. After many damages due to bombings during the First World War, the fort has been restored and is now open to the public for an immersive experience of visit. The visit will ravish both the grown-ups and the children. The place regularly hosts exhibitions and events for the family.

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