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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  • August 17, 2017
    The most beautiful castle on the water, exterior, Interior, Garden, everything is beautiful, the podium without hesitation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I was going recently, but I had not seen the gardens at their best, and especially the vegetable garden... A great desire to go back
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  • August 17, 2017
    This castle is beautiful, very well maintained both inside and outside at the level of the many gardens. I highly recommend the audio tour that is exciting and suitable for both adults and children!
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  • July 30, 2017
    Oh wow. What an amazing castle! Definitely a fairy tale come to life (well, only aesthetically. The history of the castle is dark!) I highly recommend the self guided audio tour. A ton of fun and very informative. You can choose a short, 40 minute tour of the whole castle or a longer 80 minute tour. The gardens are impeccable. A must see!
  • September 7, 2017
    Beautiful medium sized chateau. Well decorated on the inside and gardens are nice as well. Very iconic pictures if French countryside. Excellent cafeteria food, not too expensive
  • August 1, 2017
    This place is incredible. Really interesting audio tour. Well worth a trip and easy to see why it's one of the most visited castles in France. The maze was quite fun for kids.
  • September 1, 2017
    Stunning Chateau with a very interesting history. The whole place is well kept. You can borrow a rowing boat, or do a wine tasting in their cellars as well.
  • June 18, 2017
    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.

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