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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  • This chateau is so stunning, its my favorite one that I have visit. Very unique architecture over the water and beautifully done on the inside. It was raining when I was there so I didnt get to enjoy ...  more »
  • The chateau itself, as well as grounds, is very pleasant. There are not many interesting art objects inside, but the history of ladies who lived there, competed, built the additions, maintained garden...  more »
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  • 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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