Chateau de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux

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." Put Chateau de Chenonceau at the forefront of your travel plans using our Chenonceaux online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Most unique, surrounded by an abundance of the forest. It was located right above the river and was beautifully preserved.  more »
  • This incredible chateau is perched on top of the river Cher. It is beautifully preserved. I understand it is the second most visited chateau in France (after Versailles) - there were a lot of people.....  more »
  • We have visited the Chenonceau Castle with our 2 girls in 2019 Winter. It is one of the best castles visit in the Loire region. Great 1/2 day out!!!  more »
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  • It is a superb castle. It is built over a river, which gives it a delightful uniqueness. It must be visited. It is very nicely arranged and very well maintained. All the castle and all the exhibits seem to be framed from fairy tales. And floral arrangements that delight your eyes are all over. The domain of the castle is extraordinarily beautiful and also is so well maintained and cared for. Not to be missed. It is amazing!
  • There's no place like it, a castle right above the water... just stunningly beautiful! I have to admit I even liked it better than Versailles, it's a more cozier place and less crowded. Totally recommend it!
  • One of the most beautiful French Chateau, built over a river. Absolutely mind blowing to see the chateau almost like floating on water 👍👍👍
  • Beautiful chateau. There were pretty flowers throughout the rooms. Plenty of information about the chateau and residents provided. I love the gallery across the river. The kitchens are also available to visit. Outside the gardens are really well looked after in various styles including English. Numerous flowers and shrubs. There are several restaurants and a wine tasting in a cellar. This is not a place to be rushed sit in the gardens and I take in the beauty of the chateau, river and gardens.
  • Lovely château to visit during the afternoon. With three stories and various gardens there is lots to explore. I just wish the train times were better suited.
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