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Rueil-Malmaison is a town in the suburbs of Paris. It's about 13km from the centre of the French capital and home to some 80.000 people. Administratively, it's part of the Hauts-de-Seine department.

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Château du Vert-Mont in the domaine de Vert-Mont

Rueil-Malmaison lies along the large A86 highway. Another easy way in is via the RER line A1 from Paris centre. Bus 258 from La Defense bus station will also bring you here, and has a stop very close to the Château.

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The famous chateau de Malmaison.
  • 1 Château de Malmaison, Avenue du château de Malmaison, +33 1 41 29 05 55. Note lunchtime closure 1230-1330!. This beautifully restored castle was once the residence of Napoleon's wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, who cultivated a wide range of exotic plant species in the orangery and greenhouse she had built. For a while, it was also part of the headquarters for the French government. Today it serves as a fine museum about Napoleonic times in France, including original interior decorations and furniture as well as some fine gardens and a great park. €6.50 for adults, plus €2 when there are exhibitions in place..
  • Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church. Joséphine de Beauharnais was buried in the pretty town church, which you'll find right in the centre.
  • Barracks of the Swiss Guard. Listed as a national monument, these barracks were built in the mid 18th century.

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