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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  • Spectacular grounds and castle, with lovely flower and vegetable gardens. By far the most beautiful place I have ever visited! 
  • The castle on the river chère is great the gardens are beautiful The historical audios telling the story of each room is excellent the receptions room built under the River became an interesting attachment to the pantry and kitchen are the barbarian Cup Shop tb through the Windows you can admire the river and Stately Gardens but good-sized. I loved especially by the location in the middle of a forest.
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  • Particularly I played a day of much rain, so I could not disfruatr much of the gardens, but it is a very beautiful castle and the castle rooms are very cute! You can not fail to appreciate the beauty of this castle!
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  • An original castle delivering a great piece of Histoire. The garden is beautiful and refreshing due to a the pleasant weather. When the queen of France Catherine de Medicis born in Italy, was competing with Diane De Poitiers 20 years older the castle is keeping some longevity beauty secrets. Circulation of artists was free in Europe and the best of lifestyle was starting to shape modern time.
  • One of the more beautiful Chateaus in the area, with its own unique history. The grounds are beautifully kept and maintained throughout and I suggest everyone and anyone who comes here to visit. From the Chateau it self to the gardens surrounding it, it is exactly what you would expect from its past.
  • If you have to pick one chateau to see in the Loire valley, this should be it. Both the exterior and the interior are impressive. The chateau itself spans the river which is unique in the Loire valley. The gardens weren't in bloom when we were there but were still pleasant to walk around. Many of the furnishings inside the house are original, and the decorations (also largely original) are beautiful and are in great shape. Personally loved the kitchen setup, especially the giant butcher blocks, the collection of copper cookware, and the servants' hall. I'd suggest getting the audioguide. Adds a lot to the tour.
  • I chose this castle to see a kind of package - castle itself, rooms, garments, furbishment, facilities, kitchen gadgets, garden, maze, river an so on - in one place among so many choices in Loire regions. It is really full of women's favorites. I recommend you for your wife or girl friend.
  • A castle over a river, like a bridge. This one of a kind palace worth a visit, walk by the big salon where you can see the river Cher by the both sides by magnificent windows.
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