The Cité internationale de la langue française at Villers-Cotterêts

Published by Julie de Sortiraparis · Updated on March 18th, 2024 at 06:01 p.m.
Discover the Cité de la langue française in Villers-Cotterêts, a cultural gem just 45 minutes from Paris.

Just 45 minutes from Paris, a journey through time and language awaits you at the Château de Villers-Cotterêts, now home to the brand-new Cité Internationale de la Langue Française, inaugurated with great fanfare by the French President on October 30, 2023. This gem, far from the hustle and bustle of Paris, is well worth a visit for an enriching and unforgettable cultural weekend.

Nestled in the heart of a majestic, fully restored château, the Cité internationale de la langue française stands like a bridge between past and present. It was here, in 1539, that François I signed the Ordinance of Villers-Cotterêts, laying the foundations of the modern French language. Far from being a mere museum, the Cité is a dynamic cultural hub, offering a fun and joyful journey through the French language and francophone cultures, with 15 themed rooms, 60 interactive digital devices and over 100 collection objects.

The Cité's cultural programming reflects its mission: rich and varied. With shows, theater, concerts and workshops, it offers something for everyone, as demonstrated by the latest concert by international artist Angélique Kidjo. This lively venue not only celebrates the French language, but also invites you on a journey through the cultures of the world.

Accessible in the blink of an eye from Paris - Gare du Nord, thanks to a very attractive TER package, the Cité is an ideal destination for Parisians in search of an unrivalled cultural getaway. Its strategic location and cultural offering make it a mainstay for major events, such as the hosting of the Olympic flame on July 17 and the Francophonie summit, which will bring together 80 heads of state on October 4, 2024.

To plan your visit and make sure you don't miss out on this enriching experience, check out the full program of upcoming events on the Cité internationale de la langue française' s official website. This escapade at the Château de Villers-Cotterêts is more than just a visit; it's an immersion in the heart of our linguistic heritage, an ode to the richness and diversity of the French language. Prepare to be surprised, educated and inspired by this unique place, where every nook and cranny tells a story, and every activity opens a window on the French-speaking world.

The Cité internationale de la langue française opens its doors to you for an unforgettable discovery, where culture, history and technology meet to celebrate the beauty and depth of the French language.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From October 31th, 2023 to December 31th, 2027

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.

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