Carolingian wonder of 17e century, nerve center of the Ardennes, the ducal square alone is worth coming to Charleville-Mezieres, labeled City of art and history since 2013.

Started in 1606 by the architect Clement Metezeau, it is a centerpiece of the foundation of Charles-Ville, the dream city of Charles of Gonzaga (1580-1637), Duke of Nevers and Rethel, future Prince of Arches, of Porcien, future Duke of Mantua (Italy) and Monferrat. 

Take a good look at this sister of the Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris, the work of Clément's brother, Louis Metezeau. Like many Royal squares of this period, harmony and symmetry presided over its design. Look for the number four and you will find it easily: four sides of the square of course, but also four pavilions, windows, streets… But also in the streets and the districts behind the arcades again. A guided tour with theCharleville-Sedan Tourist Office will tell you more about it. 

In the sun or in the rain, this sublime setting sparkles with its colors of ocher (Dom stone), red (brick) and gray (the rich slate of the North Ardennes).

A fabulous stage for many events

A fabulous stage for the many events that take place there throughout the year. Markets, concerts, World Festival of Puppet Theaters, Fete de la Biere, brotherhoods, Ducal Beach… It is also an excellent meeting place for a convivial moment on its terraces or even a starting point for various circuits: sporty towards the Greenway, bucolic (garden, Mont-Olympe), cultural (the route Rimbaud), or simply for a moment of shopping in the shops of the town centre. Non-exhaustive list of ideas. 

Fountain Stone

To discover also by bike

Charleville-Mézières and its majestic Place Ducale is on the route of The Meuse by Bike – EuroVelo 19

David Truillard

Ducal Beach


The Ducale Beach takes place from mid-July to mid-August.

Many activities for young and old!

Pratical information



Did you know?

Place Ducale becomes pedestrianized to better welcome you. Pedestrianization will take place in three phases in 2024:

– From April 5 to May 2 inclusive: pedestrianization on weekends from Friday 18 p.m. to Monday morning at 6 a.m.

- From May 3 to October 13: complete pedestrianization seven days a week

– From November 22 to December 31, the Place Ducale will be semi-pedestrian during the 2024 Christmas market

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