The ruins of an exceptional fortress.
The château and fortifications formed one of the largest defensive structures ever constructed in France. Spreading over 14 hectares, Coucy originally included 33 towers and ramparts stretching over two kilometres.
The four main corner towers were similar in size ti the central keep of the royal palace of the Louvre while the keep at Coucy was the largest castle tower in Christendom. The ruins remain an impressive ans evocative reminder of Coucy's grandeur despite being badly damaged in the First World War.
> Unaccompagnied tour with guide booklet
French, English, German, Spanish, Dutch
Reservation: 8 days
In summer, the medieval château comes back to life with "Coucy à la merveille", a historical show involving over 300 volunteer performers. Based on historical events, the colourful show features mediaeval dancing, knights in combat, jousts, acrobats and fire-eaters.
From Reims or from Compiègne : N 31 to Soissons, then D 1 to Saint-Quentin & D 5 to Coucy-le-Château Auffrique (D 5 under 3,30 m high & 2,70 m large)
Useful adresses :
> Aisne Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)3 23 27 76 76
> Laon Tourist Office
tel.: (33) (0)3 23 20 28 62
Lecture tours: French, English, German, Dutch