The Languedoc, France: Carcassonne — Europe's Ultimate Fortress City

published 10 years ago by Rick Steves

The Languedoc region's hard-fought past and independent spirit is evident in its old fortifications, fine art, and a culture distinct from the rest of France that survives to this day. Its fortified city of Carcassonne is a 13th-century world of towers, turrets, and cobblestone alleys. Visit early or late in the day to avoid the mid-day tourist crowd. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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