The first chateau here dates back to 1137, and throughout the years, different parts have been added on. Louis Le Vau and André Le Nôtre worked together on The Grand Parterre, the largest formal garden in Europe between 1660 and 1664. Le Vau and André Le Nôtre also worked on Vaux le Vicomte, The Louvre Palace and Versailles.
It was used as a medieval royal hunting lodge and François I began major expansion in 1528. Fontainebleau was his favorite palace of residence and his largest project. He also worked on Amboise, Blois, Chambord, The Louvre Palace and a few others. The palace and park at Fontainebleau was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.
Fontainebleau is about 34 miles south/southeast of Paris. The castle is well worth the trip, the interior is beautifully designed, decorated and will give your eyes plenty to gaze at.