Châteaudun is a very attractive town with its hilltop castle and period houses lining the picturesque streets of the old town.
Dominating the Loir valley, the castle combines Medieval, Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles. The interior is open to the public and features two staircases, one Renaissance and the other Gothic, a keep, vaulted kitchens that house an exhibition about gastronomy in the Middle Ages, a tapestry collection in the Dunois wing, a medieval garden with medicinal plants, and the Sainte-Chapelle chapel which contains remarkable polychrome statues.
Around the castle, the narrow paved streets lined with old houses are particularly lovely to wander around, especially the Saint-Lubin street. In addition to this rich built heritage, there are some charming parks to relax in. The Mail footpath is dotted with benches and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Loir Valley. A footpath leads off it down to the banks of the Loir River.
The Fine Art and Natural History museum exhibits an impressive ornithology collection (more than 2500 birds), but also paintings, archaeological objects and pieces from Egypt and Asia. This place also offers a space dedicated to the history of the city.
A major medieval festival, the Foire aux Laines, takes place every year over the first weekend of July.
Urban center of the south of Eure-et-Loir, the city of Châteaudun is located on the edge of the river "Le Loir" on the border of Beauce and Perche.
In a countryside setting in the countryside, wooded, the city center, its castle with powerful limestone layers, its historic district are set on the rocky outcrop overlooking the valley, and offers a beautiful panorama.
Home to about 14,000 "Dunois", it is one of the "100 Plus Beaux Détours de France".
First stage of the castles of the Loire with its magnificent and imposing castle, its unusual and exceptional caves due to the geological richness that they possess, its museum whose ornithological collection makes the reputation, Châteaudun also offers other varied cultural activities (Shows all year round, summer activities, nature (hiking, cycling, mountain biking, water....) Visitors are pleasantly surprised as soon as they discover it!
On the way to Santiago de Compostela and on the valley of the Loir, bike routes were created especially by the Region to discover the charms of the region. Do not hesitate to ask for the log book at the Tourist Office!
The caves of the Foulon opened their door with a new owner in 2010. This site, on the banks of the Loir, is an interesting geological curiosity because of its unusual concentration of chalcedony and quartz geodes known in Europe over 800 meters of visit. An exceptional site, they also host seminars, weddings and other festive events in a panoramic room.
Interests and activities:
Mountain biking, cycling, walking, equestrian.
Walks and canoeing courses.
Fishing (fishing spot for carp at night).
The valley Conie and protected marsh.
The upper valley of the Loir with Illiers-Combray, Marcel Proust attached to the village; Bonneval, medieval city nicknamed "Little Venice of the Beauce" to discover in electric boats, Montigny-le-Gannelon; Cloyes-sur-le-Loir.