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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  • If you have to make a choice which Chateau to visit, this should be on top of the list, even before Chambord.  more »
  • A page of history to see, a history lesson and especially the grandeu of gardeners, builders. The France is really beautiful
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  • My favorite Loire castles and surely the most beautiful! Of input its imposing presence on the river and their care gardens and dependencies of it finca impress, but also its inside magnificently care and preserved, and the wealth of its collection make of your visit a stop forced in the Val of Loire!
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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.