Chateau Thierry (France)

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Chateau Thierry cruise port

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Local Time
12:30 16 Feb 2019

49.04599 N, 3.40262 E

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Chateau-Thierry is a Marne River cruise port and town located in Aisne (Hauts-de-France, province Champagne, France). Chateau-Thierry is approx 90 km (56 ml) to the east from Paris. The town covers a total area of approx 17 km2 (6 ml2) and has population around 15,000.

Chateau-Thierry (France) river cruise port

The origin of the town's name is unknown. Local tradition assigns it to Theuderic IV, a Merovingian king imprisoned by Charles Martel. The town is well known as the birthplace of the French poet Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695). The town was also the location of the First Battle of Marne (WW1, September 7-12, 1914) and the Second Battle of Marne (aka Battle of Reims, WW1, July 15-August 6, 1918).

In the 19th and 201th centuries, here were fought two major battles: in 1814 the Battle of Chateau-Thierry (Napoleonic Wars between Prussia and France) and in 1918 the Battle of Chateau-Thierry (WW1 between Germany and the USA). The American Monument is on the next photo.

Chateau-Thierry American Monument

Chateau-Thierry is a terminus train station of the regional railway line starting from Paris (Gare de l'Est). The town is one of the exits of A4 motorway linking country's capital city with eastern France. Local bus routes are operated by Transval.

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City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • American Monument (overlooks the town)
  • WW1 Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial (located south of of Belleau)
  • guided walking tour (castle walls, Balhan tower)
  • Medieval churches (including Saint-Crepin Church - built in the 15th century)
  • Champagne vineyards

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