The powered symbol of the French Renaissance style
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Absolutely Breathtaking Château!
“Good Heavens! For more than forty years I have been speaking prose without knowing it.”— from “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme,” 1670 by Jean-Baptiste Molière (1622-1673)A NOSE FOR PROSE Louis XIV paid nine visits to Château de Chambord, all for the hunting. On the 14th of October 1670 “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” premiered here, with the king in...more
Even on distance it is possible to notice, how all the top parts of the castle has shot up in the sky the small lamps, chimney pipes, columns, pediments, sculptural salamanders. The highest part - a lantern, by height 32 meters which crowns a spiral staircase was extended in the center of a roof. The dome of a lantern is supported with acting...more
Only a king in the time of excess could build a hunting lodge that would turn out as large as the Chateau Chambord. With its sprawling grounds, immense buildings and interesting history, this was definitely the place to finish off our tours of chateaux in the Loire Valley.While you can't (nor would you want to) visit all of the rooms in the...more
Chambord is the largest of the Loire chateaus and has extensive grounds so if you don't want to spend the day hiking, consider a carriage ride on the grounds. It's romantic and you'll feel so authentic.From May 1 until the last day of September there is an equestrian show on the grounds that you should try to see. You can check times and prices in...more
To see as much as possible ;))It is the largest castle in the Loire Valley, but was built to serve only as a hunting lodge for King François I.Building of the château was begun by Francis I in 1519, and was completed in 1547. Leonardo da Vinci paid a short visit to the building during its construction and added a few embellishments to it.more
The caslte itself has been built arround this axis.In fact there are 2 stairs that never meet oen eachother. It is interesting to step on this stair untill the final level and then descend. Leonardo's ideea was fantastic, as this gives moultiple possibilities for visit.more
This is the thing that really impressed me. As the castle has been designed by Leonardo da Vinci and the year 2004 is Italy's year at Chambord, they exposed, in special conditions, the famous codex leicester, a manuscript of a genius."Leonardo's voluminous notebooks occupied him throughout his life. In them he planned to treat four major themes:...more
Chambord's double helix staircase is one of the highlights of the castle. The staircase goes up three floors with the helixes never meeting, which means that two people can go up (or down) at the same time and never meet each other.If you try this, you will still see each other as the staircase is open (so not a great hiding place after all). The...more
Basically, the to do list in terms of visit (1 to 4 are detailed in a specific tip) is:1- The castle itself (buildings and architecture)2- The central Donjon and the double spiral Stairway.3- The Apartments (including tapestries and paintings)4- The Roof Terrace5- The parc (not done)6- The sound and light show (everyday from June 26 to September...more
Each floor has - square apartments on the four corners. Each apartment connects to another apartment contiguous with the central stairway. - Four large galleris, using the space left open by the apartmentsThe king’s private apartments were located in the northeast corner of the building. The “logis” (living quarters) of the king matched the chapel...more
1. DETAILED INFORMATIONSOffical Chateau of Chambord web site (in French)2. TOURISM INFORMATIONScastles of the Loire valleyBlois city-Offical tourism information center (English)Office de Tourisme Intercommunal de Blois - Pays de Chambord 23 place du château BP 199 41006 Blois Cedex - FranceTel + 33 (0)2 54 90 41 41 Fax +33 (0)2 54 90 41 48 Mail:...more
From Paris- There are regular shuttles to Chambord. See the web site for details- By train: 1h30 from Paris Austerlitz station, stop in Blois station.By car :A10 highway then exit N° 16 Mer or N° 17 Blois.From Blois train stationBlois - Chambord shuttle from may to septembermore
“If you have travelled through fair Touraine in summer, you have no doubt followed with enchantment the peaceful Loire; you have regretted the impossibility of determining upon which of its banks you would choose to dwell with your beloved.”— from “Cinq-Mars” 1827 by Alfred De Vigny (1797-1863)ALONG THE BANKS OF THE LOIRE The town of Chambord, a...more
It's not easy to get to Chambord since there's no train station. However, from the Blois train station, TLC (another service than the one which handles the Blois city area!) buses leave about three times each day for Chambord during low season (and probably more during high season). I took one at 12:25 and I came back to Blois at 16:35. You can get...more
There are various shops situated in the small village at the entrance to Chambord. Selling icecreams, food, coffee, souvenirs, memorabilia, etc.
What to buy: I can honestly recommend the quality of items sold in this area. From silver jewellery to deerfoot/antler items. Collectables and souvenirs, they are all of high quality and I have not regretted buying some of them. You may have to spend more than average, however it is well worth it.
I bought a lovely silver ring with the Fleur de Lis, and a nice tapestry (ok machine made but nice) and an etching of the chateau. Real nice momentos.
Various car park are alike, and when you arrive, you are so excited to see the castle that it is very easy to forget on which car park you left your car. On the way back, all the roads in wood are similar, you have no more the visual mark of the castle in this direction and you can lose quite a lot of time to find the good car park.So, be sure...more
I can understand that the visitors are marked by the castle, but not that they engrave the testimony of their visit on walls (see picture), despite of clear and repeated instructions.I know if sounds stupid, to remind that but unfortunatly, it's a realitity, really damaging the casttle.more
The Animal and Hunting Museum is a bland exhibition of the sport, but there is some viciousness and gore in evidence in some of the paintings, all of which are well crafted (and often by renowned artists).At what age does remote exhibits of cruelty no longer disturb young children? You may have such a fellow traveller. The second floor is easy to...more
Not really a trap but I saw some tourists making a very short visit of the castle, shooting some photo's, going to the souvenir shops and ... moving to the next castle.It's not a race and I recommend to stay enough time in Chambord (one half day typically for the castle, the same for the parc+village+...). It's a pity in my view to make the visit...more
After spending 6 days driving along the Loyre Valley and visiting some of it´s amazing castles, and sleeping in some of them, experience we will not forget so easily, we arrived at Chambord, the park is amazing, the castle from outside also, we walked around and have a very nice time... untill we went in the castle, there is nothing to see appart...more
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Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Chambord.Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Chambord. 1993, 48 pages.France. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 1999, 64 pages.France....more
Pay attention, when I was there, august 2004 there were severe controls (like in the airport) and (like in the airplane) you are not allowed with sharp objects or any other dangerous objects. I carry a small knife with me and they made me let it to the garderobe. When we visited the castle the weather was calm, but take a light wind-stopper if you...more
“Chambord is truly royal, royal in its great scale, its grand air, its indifference to common considerations.”— from “A Little Tour In France” 1884 by Henry JamesIn the castle and on the grounds signs promote the château and what it has to offer the visitor. Various aspects of the castle are used for illustration purposes on these vinyl...more
Chambord was primarily Francois I's hunting lodge and also Charles IX after him was an avid hunter. The stables were part of the "front enclosure" to the Court of Honor. The marechal Maurice de Saxe (Moritz of Saxony) had a greater need for the stables since he kept a retinue of horsemen for personal reasons. There were (are?) space for over 300 stalls. Riding is NOT available (but there are bicycles and an approved riding and hiking area). An equestrian demonstration lasting 45 minutes is given daily in season (June-September) fee (8 euro). We did not wiat to attend (our time was limited and our horsepersons did not feel tey could get 8 euro value from the experience.
1. Indicative fees (2009)Basic entrance: 9,50 € (April to Sept) or 8,50 € (October to March). Free for people less than 18 (with family)Parking: Car 2 € per day, Camping-car: 5 € / day or 30 € (if more than 7.9meters)2. Customize your visit- Overall presentation: 30min, free- Conducted tour: 1H30, 3-4 €, Every day (flexible hours), limited to 30...more
The royal château of Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire valley, a beautifull masterpiece of the French Renaissance and with some specific jewels.Original construction phase: 1519-1547 1. For the Kings ... but for few nights (during ~25 years)Chambord was built in the XVI century by King François I, to - serve as hunting lodge (!! 440...more