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Château des ducs de Bretagne, Nantes
(4.5/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
You'll recognize the medieval Château des ducs de Bretagne by the bright white tufa stone that glistens in the sky as you approach it. This austere fortress is home to the Nantes History Museum and is the last castle of the Loire before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. Recent renovations allow you to stroll along the inner courtyard, revealing a 15th-century ducal palace in Renaissance style. In sharp contrast with its rough exterior walls, this castle radiates a certain elegance owed to its fine stone carvings. The rampart walk offers a number of viewpoints of the fortress and its interior buildings and across the city. In the grounds, stroll around the moat and surrounding magnolia gardens. You can download a free app with a tour of the castle to your smartphone. Plan to visit Château des ducs de Bretagne and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nantes attractions using our Nantes family vacation planner.
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  • A must see. Paid domestic visit but you may as well choose to walk inside the Court or around the moat... Magnificent Castle. It is worth the visit.
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  • The Château of des Ducs de Bretagne is located between railway station and the city centre, walking easily accessible from both, even with a light Pack. The Château is beautiful and well preserved. Unfortunately I missed it a guide book. Despite its central location just a few visitors there - mostly French Wochenendtouristen were on a sunny holiday in November, as it seemed. I drive in any case again after Nantes and will book then a tour.
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  • Beautiful architecture a very interesting Museum! We feel the work implemented to appeal to the audience that's Super :-)
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  • It was a good introduction to history of Nantes during renaissance. Only some of the descriptions were in English. Would have given five stars if there was more information in English and other languages.
  • Very good tour guides and a very interesting 'slave' tour to do with kids in college. Some rooms are more interesting than others...
  • Fortress imposente en plein coeur du centre-ville de Nantes.
  • Good audio visuals. English audio set available. Good exhibitions. Layout was a bit confusing.
  • Ancient place with interesting history. The castle is awesome and you can spend a lovely time there.