Chateau d'Amboise, Amboise

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#1 of 39 in Parks in Loire Valley
#Garden, #Castle, #Must See
With sweeping panoramic views of the Loire valley, it's no wonder why Chateau d'Amboise was a favorite royal residence of several successive kings. Balconies overlooking the valley create an air of grandeur. The tomb of Leonardo da Vinci resides in the Saint Hubert chapel, renowned as a masterpiece of extravagant Gothic architecture. An armored tank designed by Leonardo da Vinci sits on the grounds of the château.

The architecture quintessentially represents the French Renaissance with gardens and the Minimes and the Heurtault towers. The towers, which served as the royal residence, are available for you to explore, but you need prior permission. After the lavish royal pomp, with permission again, you can descend to the mysterious underground, a place few royals ever saw. Add Chateau d'Amboise to your Amboise travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Amboise visit planner .
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  • We were here on a freezing cold day in March, and the visitor numbers were quite few. This was good for taking your time walking through the chateaux and the gardens. The chateaux is still under some ...  more »
  • Remarkable site. Comments of the guide very interesting and that give you want to dive back into this beautiful story of France.
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  • ... the anecdotes of a guide is even better... a visit not to be missed for this place full of history!
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  • Had a really nice time! The castle is beautiful, inside and out and very clean, which makes for mice photos! The view is incredible, and the written guide was very informative! But, my English guide didn't have the same information as my cousin's French guide. Kind of confusing! Overall, a great experience though!
  • Super beautiful place! If you go to the Loire Valley please go there. This castle might not be as big as Chambord but it has something that makes it beautiful. The little town, the atmosphere, side streets. Leonardo da Vinci's Tomb is there.
  • The chateau royal d'Amboise is one of the many chateaus in the Loire valley. Personally, it is one of the must visit chateaus for all those visiting Loire. Built around the river Loire, it is a small but well-maintained architecture. Though many would suggest the chateaus at Chambord and Chenonceau, I would rate the Amboise higher than those two. The gardens are well kept and the view we get from the top of the chateau, of the city of Amboise, and of the Loire valley in general, is worth the trip in itself!!
  • Lovely place! The guided tour is pretty detailed and you can have a view of various royal eras in a glimpse... If you don't have time to visit them all, just go to this one.
  • Visited in the winter so we had the place almost to ourself. The walk around the gardens was the best part as the Chateau itself is a bit small

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