Chateau de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux
(4.7/5 based on 5,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This castle was built during the centuries each floor was built by a female monarch has all the history of France inside this is a must
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  • The castle is beautiful! Very well maintained, with preserved environments that make you feel what life was like at the time of the great castles. Is a place full of history that makes you a trip back in time. With the use of audio guides the tour is even more complete. The gardens are also very beautiful, even in the fall with the leaves falling. The whole scenario, the castle on the river and its gardens, form an incredible view.
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  • We were passing the castle with little time. Very disappointed. There are only priced at € 13 to visit the Castle and gardens. As hospitality we don't see anything we turned back. Big disappointment.
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  • Very beautiful chateau and gardens. Many well preserved rooms -- one can easily spend most of the day wondering the rooms and learning the history. Conveniently located near the train station. If visiting in the morning, can take a bus at 12:28 outside the tourist office to visit Amboise on the same day.
  • Stunning. Gardeners use flowers and veg from the farm to create the most beautiful fresh decorations around the castle, and the whole place is just beautifully manicured.
  • If I loved France already this place made Me fall in love completely! This is one of the most wonderful places I've been to!
  • Silent and energetic place for one full day. You could visit this place with all your family.
  • The entrance to the castle is expensive - 13 euros. For me only kitchen premises were interesting. Bedrooms are of the same style one can meet in any other castle on the Loire river with cheaper entrance.The view to the castle from outside is great.