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Chenonceau Castle

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Indre-et-Loire

Chenonceau Castle - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Indre-et-Loire

Chenonceau Castle in Indre-et-Loire is surely among the most majestic of all the Loire castles. Is it because of its famous gallery overlooking the River Cher, its sumptuous interior or its magnificent gardens? It is most certainly all of these at once. This building is a true masterpiece of the Renaissance, embellished by two iconic women: Catherine de' Medici and Diane de Poitiers. The wife and favourite of King Henry II respectively, they developed, managed and protected the castle. For the record, Henry II gave the castle to his mistress, who was driven out when the queen became regent.

First, an avenue of plane trees leads you to the monument's entrance. On either side of this avenue lie the gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de' Medici. Both are composed of magnificent French-style flowerbeds. The castle is made up of three parts: there is the two-storey main building, decorated with corner turrets, and the grand gallery, 60 metres long, with 18 windows and five arches spanning the river. Then there is the keep, a vestige of an old fortified castle, today known as the Marques Tower.

As you enter the castle, you cannot fail to admire the tasteful decoration. Renaissance furniture, paintings and 16th-century Flemish tapestries adorn the various rooms. Step into the private quarters of the castle's residents and mistresses by visiting the chambers of Francis I, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de' Medici and the five queens. Discover the green cabinet, the room where the regent used to work. You will then continue to the Francis I and Louis XIV drawing rooms, followed by the kitchens, which are exceptionally well preserved. In this vaulted room, the copperware sparkles next to a monumental fireplace.

Back outside, take a peaceful stroll in the park for an overview of Chenonceau Castle's architecture. Wander around the flower patch or try to find your way out of the maze of 2,000 yew trees.

Sound and light shows take place on summer nights, entitled "In the time of the Ladies of Chenonceau". The site also offers boat rides on the Cher so you can admire the building from close up, and night walks in the gardens.

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Chenonceau Castle

Chenonceau castle is one of the most graceful Loire castles.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Helicopter Flight over the Great Châteaux of the Loire Valley
Entertainment350 € Neuvy-le-Roi
Mont Saint-Michel & The Loire Châteaux – 2-day excursion - from Paris
Culture and education475 € Paris
3-Day Tour of the Normandy Landing Beaches, Saint Malo, Mont Saint-Michel & The Loire Chateaux - from Paris
Culture and education720 € Paris
Discovery Day in a Minibus : Châteaux d'Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord & Clos Lucé – Leaving from Tours
Culture and education173 € Tours
Introduction to Ultralight Aviation above the Chambord or the Chenonceau
Sports sensations125 € Valloire-sur-Cisse
Flight over the Châteaux of the Loire Valley by Ultralight Aviation
Sports sensations230 € Valloire-sur-Cisse
Private Helicopter Flight – Chenonceau, Amboise, Pagoda of Chanteloup
Entertainment1835 € Neuvy-le-Roi
Minibus Excursion to the Châteaux de Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Amboise, Wine Cellar and Visit to the Villandry Gardens – Leaving from Tours
Culture and education173 € Tours
Ultralight Aviation Initiation Session in Val de loire – 30 minutes
Sports sensations105 € Valloire-sur-Cisse
Minibus Excursion to the Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, and Chambord Châteaux and Visit to the Villandry Gardens – Leaving from Tours
Culture and education165 € Tours
Introduction to Piloting an Ultralight Aircraft & Flight over the Châteaux of the Loire Valley
Sports sensations350 € Valloire-sur-Cisse
Helicopter Flight above the Loire Valley and Surrounding Châteaux
Entertainment159 € Neuvy-le-Roi
Guided tour of the Châteaux de la Loire : Chambord, Chenonceau and Cheverny - transport included from Paris
Culture and education185 € Paris
The Unmissable Châteaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Chambord & Cheverny - Departing from Tours
Culture and education165 € Tours

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