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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  • Everything simply UNAVOIDABLE, one of the most beautiful castles of the Loire. Impressive history lesson at the time of Henri II and Catherine de Medici which blend power and refinement. The Park is beautiful and offers a romantic walk. Gourmet restaurant in the park or self service according to budget. A place to spend an unforgettable day.
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  • Discover, a feast for the eyes... loaded with history, beautifully restored and maintained. .. a small flat on the staff who is not of the brighter. .. for the rest, there is no hesitation, the site is beguiling and beautiful. ..
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  • Certainly one of the most beautiful castles of the Loire to Chambord. Also admire the beatiful offered in the rooms of the Castle!
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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.