I can only add to the "excellent" ratings. While everyone is entitled to an opinion, anyone who isn't awed by this castle built on and OVER the river, really needs to just hop on the bus to Disneyland.
You have your choice of reasons to be awed, whether, art, history, architecture, furnishings, painting, landscape, etc. The historical connection alone with Catherine di Medici is fascinating. The age...the original keep is about 1,000 years old, the grounds immaculate and fascinating, and on and on. Be sure and visit the farm, carriage house and the old Bentley automobiles. If you visit only a few castles, make Chenonceau and Amboise two of the castles you visit.
This was my favorite experience in Europe.
Just walking up the long path, surrounded by trees and greenery, was like going into another world. The combination of the castle, gardens, and river/moat is phenomenal. The audio tour is informative, and most of the castle is available to tour - they let you go practically everywhere. The rooms are all staged with furniture and art, much of it from the castle and its royal occupants. The original floor in the front room is a cultural mosaic dating back several centuries. The views from the castle are spectacular, the gardens are a geometrical work of art.
This was awesome.
Lots of history you can read about in here, super cool rooms and unlike a lot of old castles and shit, lots of stuff is original, not copies.
There's a reason behind that but you'll find that out when you go in and read about Madame Dupin, the lady who basically saved the castle.
I've never learned about this castle ever before, I don't know if I wasn't a good enough student in my Art History classes or if this really is just an obscure hipster ass castle... but it's cool. Unique in the fact that it's preserved pretty well.
Check out Louise of Lorraine's room. Basically she was emo as fuck. Very rare.
pros - lots of shit is original not copies, louise of lorraine's emo girl room, rich history
cons - i don't know to be honest. GO HERE
Beautiful Chenonceau, one of the most exquisite spots in all the world and the most iconic and easily recognisable of the French Loire chateaux. It has associations with several French Queens and royal mistresses from the sixteenth century onwards and it is easy to see why it was so beloved by them. The exterior is absolutely beautiful and the interior, especially the long gallery and the room of Queen Louise, widow of Henri III is gorgeous and worth visiting.
The gardens are beautiful as well. Come in the Summer to see them at their best.
One of the castle plus cool from la vallée de la Loire, it's a mandatory visit. The castle is great in May, when you can walk aroun it, visiting the gardens and the forest.
If you like eating, it's better to do it out there, the brasseries are economics and the food is ok
My absolute favourite Chateau of the Loire, a true extravagance.
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