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Chateau de Goulaine, Nantes

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Castle Tourist Spot
There is more than just castle at Chateau de Goulaine: there is a butterfly aviary, the LU Museum displaying the art and history of local biscuit brand Le Petit Beurre, and the oldest commercial vineyards in the world. The butterfly sanctuary awakes the child in you with it's friendly, fluttery residents. Biscuits may not be your cup of tea, but they are integral to the development of the city's local economy and the vintage posters are sure to sway to the pastry's side with their nostalgia for home.

This menagerie of curios and wines has belonged to the Goulaine family for over 1,000 years, with each generation adding their own special touch to the chateau’s exhibits. Fortunately, the must see exhibit is also the must drink exhibit. With the longest running tradition of wine-making, you’ll want to taste what was worth preserving through the ages. Make Chateau de Goulaine a centerpiece of your Nantes vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Nantes travel itinerary maker.
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  • It was raining so we looked at the visits that could perform, Goulaine Castle not far away, go! Not really a very well-conducted tour, a nice, super (Claire) guide, which we took in the maze of this superb residence. Continue like this, with this staff, guide and host, very professional and Nice.
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  • With the citypass Nantes you can also visit the castle of Goulaine. This castle is still inhabited. The guide that rondleidde us, was inspired. We have beautiful rooms, exceptional pieces such as tapestries, strange (stuffed) animals, furniture, ... In one of the outbuildings of the castle is also the museum LU (the cookies). Afterwards, you can also taste wines of the Loire and also of the former vineyards of the castle itself. The vineyards are in the meantime not owned more of the Castle. The maintenance of the castle is done by the owners themselves on the basis of the income from the visits, tastings and events (which one can organize there).
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  • Museum to see for the nostalgic s; boxes, posters, pub, paint, you'll see everything on the biscuit read; the Castle nothing sensational but hunts for children and possibility of costume for kids too
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  • excellent guided visit of castle. Butterfly house great fun. Good family visit.
  • Beautiful castle especially for wedding
  • A nice discovery! A beautiful little castle, presenting the relationship between Smith County and the history of the Kings of France. Of course: the official LU Museum! A must see!... perhaps more to read than the Castle Museum, but no entry for one without the other ;-)
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  • The surroundings of the Castle are beautiful and very interesting read Museum
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  • Visit to the Museum read and a part of the friendly Castle. Unfortunately for the cause of marriage, we did have access to the cellars and gardens which is too bad for the price of €9... The rate should be adapted to that you can visit. So any in-store purchase because we were disappointed of the value for money.
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Affordable and convenient bases from which to explore the countryside surrounding Nantes, family-friendly campsites just a short ride from the city offer access to private swimming pools and proximity to popular seaside resorts. Within Nantes itself, you can choose a centrally located hotel or good-value hostel, from which you can walk to the city's finest shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. If all you need is place to sleep at a reasonable price, consider booking a room at one of the city's university residences.
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