The incredible walls of the ancient city of Carcassonne defended the city for centuries and were devastated, before being completely restored by 19th-century architect, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
Never mind that his work might not be the most historically accurate, they’re an architectural wonder all the same and draw visitors to the city from far and wide. After discovering every niche, passageway, and parapet you can navigate the streets of the hilltop settlement or venture into the less touristy Lower City for lunch or a shopping trip. Within minutes of Carcassonne, you can also go to the vineyards, wine cellars, dilapidated castles and calming green banks of Canal du Midi. Discover the best things to do in Carcassonne.