Compiègne on horseback, it’s a journey through time between nature and culture…
A King of France particularly loved Compiègne -Louis XV-, to the point of preferring his residence there to that of Versailles, taking some distance there from the Court and building stud farms there in the middle of the city that we always visit .
But you may also be told how Napoleon 1st recreated the alley of Schönbrunn Palace here by having “Les Beaux-Monts” open in one night for the eyes of Marie-Louise of Austria. This path that you can discover on horseback during your walk.
It is also said that Napoleon III had the “Clover of Compiègne” cut in diamonds for his amazed empress, pearls of dew on the leaves of this plant, during one of his own outings on horseback.
How not to like Compiègne?
You will also love riding under the foliage of its large forest, discovering its remarkable trees, with a sure horse – the Henson -, coming straight from the Baie de Somme, this other natural paradise.
You will join culture, along the facades of the imperial castle and its two museums. You may push on to Saint-Jean-aux-Bois, where the remains of the old abbey are secretly nestled in the heart of the forest.
Who knows ? If you are even more daring, we may take you to Pierrefonds, to discover the imposing medieval fortress, restored by the architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, passion of the last French emperor, Napoleon III. .
Compiègne has everything it needs to seduce outdoor riders! A real horse town!
So do not hesitate any longer. Whether it’s for a few hours, a day, two days…horse riding in Compiègne, it’s really worth the trip…one hour from Paris!