“About the vestiges of the village and the castle”
At the beginning of the path of the Donjon appears a very pretty view of the Vallon du Château; to your left, a superb educational panel, looks at the different characteristic points of this site.
At the end of the 19th century, the last inhabitants left the area, and the town gradually turned into ruins, subject to natural erosion and degradation from men who came to look for building stones for their personal needs.
However, for more than 35 years, the volunteers of the association “Le Château de Montfaucon” have been busy maintaining this site, a true paradise for hikers, joggers, and other lovers of nature, geology or history. Under cover of the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC), archaeological excavations are in progress on the castral part (part relating to the fortifications of the castle), as well as restoration work, or rather consolidation. Volunteers participate in all these activities, helped in this by the Municipality of Montfaucon, owner of the premises. But the claim of our association is not to restore the old physiognomy of the village and the castle, nor even to probe all the grounds to bring to light the remains, its goal is to maintain a pleasant, secure site, to consolidate the structures that still exist, to make the historical archives of this place “speak”, in order to transmit this heritage and its history to future generations.
Remains of the castle of Montfaucon. Free access. Compulsory parking near the Montfaucon reception hall, allow 15 to 20 minutes on foot afterwards (Chemin du Donjon prohibited for vehicles unless authorized by the Town Hall). Possibility, on request, of guided tours for groups (guided tours from 1 hour to 1:30 in French). Guided tour with tour guide: Tourist Office registration.