The sheer size of this chateau is astounding. The architecture is beautiful as are the gardens and decor. It was definitely more crowded than other smaller castles we had previously seen, especially considering it was a Tuesday afternoon. But, the visit was still well worth it.
They give out free informational brochures in most languages at the entrance. The Medici Gallery on the second floor had interesting readings about the chateau's rich history. Many people we saw had the audio tour sets, but I don't feel as if we missed out on the experience without them.
I highly recommend walking around the gardens (including the vegetable and flower garden) after touring the inside of the property. You can also enjoy views of the castle from a canoe on the river Cher, which looked like fun.
The crowd died down around 5, and I would recommend arriving around then. The property stays open until 8, which leaves plenty of time to see everything even if you arrive late in the day.
I've seen many castles, or chateaus while in France. This is one of my favorites!
I love the interiors, like most chateaus, this one is one I'd like to live in, someday when I come back in my 2nd life.
I love the gardens, and I love the fact that it's sitting on the River Cher. It was fascinating to hear stories about the Ladies of Chenonceau. I want to be a part of them!
I'd visit here again!
Worth every penny. You can get a discount and beat the ticket line by passing by an office de tourisme (like in Amboise). Be sure to plan enough time to check out the flower gardens (used for the fresh flower arrangements in the château) and the woods that surround the estate.
The bathrooms by the café next to Catherine's garden were very clean.
If you have time, take the boat ride or canoe trip.
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 chateau both inside and out!
Unlike most chateaus in the Loire Valley, Chateau Chenonceau is beautifully decorated inside and outside. Most chateaus are bleak and barren in the inside. The chateau was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, and then remodeled by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. The Chateau sits right on top of the River Cher and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
My biggest regret at the Chateau was treating it like an American on vacation - blitzing through the palace and gardens and not really taking everything in. There was so much more to see in the gardens and I'm definitely going back some day to explore the grounds even more. I missed the farm, the flower-vegetable garden, and the donkey park. The maze was ridiculously easy but it was also small.
I love how the chateau is built right over the river Cher. I could stare out the windows at the river for a very long time. The chateau is such an enjoyable place to visit but can get really, really crowded. Get there as soon as it opens, explore the chateau first, then the gardens and you'll have the place to yourself.
A weird aside: I had the tastiest latte I've ever had at the vending machine right next to the creperie and the bathroom at the entrance of the chateau. Yes... a VENDING MACHINE! I dunno...it could have been cuz I was really, really hungry but it was yummy!
This review is for the restaurant on the premises of Chenonceau Chateau.
Don't eat here - it's one of the worst meals I've ever had and is virtually unetable.
I'm speaking of the Self-Service restaurant.
Oh, by the way - Chateau and gardens are fantastic!
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.
Impressive château built across a river! Worth a stop. Entrance is 11.50 EUR. Lots of tourists.
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