Chateau de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux

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Protected and loved by prominent women in Renaissance history, including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médici, Chateau de Chenonceau, is the second most visited château in France, other than the Royal Palace of Versailles. French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme designed the castle and built it on the site of an old mill on the River Cher in the 11th century. The château later saw renovations during the 16th century due to its destruction in the 15th century.

All of its gardens and grounds are open for you to explore, including the castle's architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance. Old masters’ paintings, as well as an extremely rare selection of Flanders Tapestries from the 16th century, comprise the art collection. Visit Catherine de Médicis’ bedroom to view the recently restored Corrège’s painting on wood, "L’Education de l’Amour." Chateau de Chenonceau is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Chenonceaux Edition.
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  • The castle of Chenonceau is beautiful! Architecture and transformations implemented by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici are breathtaking. The castle is furnished and beautifully decorated! The gardens and the labyrinth come complete the book. My children aged 7 and 9 were very interested from the beginning to the end!
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  • The Castle, gardens and dependencies are well maintained. The pieces decorated with bouquets of freshly picked. The guide in paper form is fulfilling its role.
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  • A castle which keeps its promise. The Park is very nice to do with its labyrinth. The inside of the castle is magnificent. The rooms are well appointed. There is still fine furniture and beautiful pictures. J loved the kitchen. We wanted to taste dishes that had to be prepared at the time.
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  • This was one of 8 chateaus in the Loire Valley. It is the most popular and for good reason. Stunning building and nice grounds. Convenient parking. As an added perk, has a surprisingly affordable and delicious "self-service" restaurant on the grounds.
  • The Chateau is very pretty and has a long and interesting history. The rooms are beautiful and I would highly recommend a walk through the gardens. However, I don't think this is the best chateau in the Loire. Chenonceau is crowded and takes a lot of time to walk through. If you can only go to one chateau, I would recommend Cheverny because it is less touristy and more easy to see comprehensively.
  • I came here years ago but was too tired to actually leave the parking lot (castle overload) so I told my husband we'd have to visit another time and I can't believe what I had missed! Maybe it was good I waited so I could fully appreciate it and have a longer visit. It is beautifully decorated, they've got an app which you can use to explore the castle and flowers everywhere. Give yourself lots of time, bring a camera and enjoy. Don't miss any of it.
  • Besides everything else, they are open pretty late. We actually stayed in the garden till 8pm. Sunset pasted magic light to the quiet plateau ground. Nice!
  • Really lovely castle. We arrived early so there weren't too many people, but when leaving it was a bit too crowded to enjoy. Being a bridge - castle, a great sight.

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