Chateau de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux

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." Put Chateau de Chenonceau at the forefront of your travel plans using our Chenonceaux online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Just gorgeous. Literally built on the Cher River, it has a unique architecture and very impressive. It is accessed via a scenic boulevard, nestled in a large 70-hectare park, which leads to the central building. In the park there is also an Italian labyrinth that occupies about one hectare. Also called the "Castle of the Ladies" for the various female characters who have come together in its history. Suffice it to mention: Diana of Poitiers, the favorite of King Henry II, who was offered the castle in 1547, and Catherine de' Medici , wife of Henry II , who drove her away and settled there when her husband died. The other female characters, starting with Katherine Brionnet, the opera's initial client, are also of absolute interest. We find the biographies on a series of panels that retrace the main stages. Rich and beautiful furnishings (furniture paintings, tapestries and whatnot) of the various royal rooms and ladies who inhabited the castle. The 'Gallery' built by Caterina de' Medici on the bridge over the Cher is splendid and theatrical. 60m long and 6m wide with 18 large windows used as a sumptuous ballroom. Overall, perhaps the most beautiful castle we have visited. It is well worth the 18.50 euros of the ticket (including audio guide).
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  • The castle and the grounds are amazing! You have the impression that you could live there forever. The gardens are a delight for the eyes. The entrance fee is 14,5 and you can visit btw 9-19.  more »
  • It is a superb castle. It is built over a river, which gives it a delightful uniqueness. It must be visited. It is very nicely arranged and very well maintained. All the castle and all the exhibits seem to be framed from fairy tales. And floral arrangements that delight your eyes are all over. The domain of the castle is extraordinarily beautiful and also is so well maintained and cared for. Not to be missed. It is amazing!
  • There's no place like it, a castle right above the water... just stunningly beautiful! I have to admit I even liked it better than Versailles, it's a more cozier place and less crowded. Totally recommend it!
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