Chenonceau Travel Guide

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Chenonceau Highlights

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     Gardens, casttle, paints ... a lof of elegant jewels 

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     Too many tourist in high season 

  • In a nutshell
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     Chateau with ladies Touch 

Chenonceau Things to Do

  • Le Chateau de Chenoceau

    This is a beautiful castle set in the central region of France. I remember the beautiful grounds and some rather mean school teachers marching us round!

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  • Château de Chenonceau: Through the...

    “Queen of White Injury”— said of Louise de Lorraine (1553-1601), widow of Henri IIIFollowing her husband’s assassination, Louise of Lorraine was inconsolable in her grief; she withdrew to Chateau de Chenonceau, where she staying when her husband was killed on 2.August.1589. In the same year Queen Louise inherited Château de Chenonceau from her...

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  • Cher (river)

    The Château de Chenonceau situated on the Cher River which is a left tributary to the river Loire. The river suffered a devastating flood in 1940, which damaged Château de Chenonceau, which spans the river, and other structures along the banks.Alongside the river, in the centre of the arbor and facing the caryatides, a maze with two thousand yews...

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  • Diane de Poitiers' & Catherine de'...

    On the right you will see Diane de Poitiers' garden. Its the entrance is overlooked by the Steward's house: La Chancellerie. It was built in the 16th century.This garden is protected from flooding by the Cher by elevated terraces from which there are beautiful views over the borders and over the Château. On the left you will see the more intimate...

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  • Chateau de Chenonceau

    The Chateau de Chenonceau is a manor house in Loire Valley. It was built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher, sometime before its first mention in writing in the 11th century.There is a set of the most improbable histories connected with a name of Diana de Poitiers: as if she was simultaneously the mistress of the king and his son; as if...

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  • Chateau - Bedroom of Diane de Poitiers

    Right across the hallway from the bedroom of King Francois I is the bedroom of King Henry II's favourite - Diane de Poitiers. Her big four-poster bed, covered with blue velvet, is still there - and there is another of the huge white fireplaces in this room, although more lavishly decorated than that in the bedroom of Francois I.There are also three...

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  • Chateau - Bedroom of Francois I

    Also accessible from the Hall (second room on the right hand side when you go in) is the bedroom of King Francois I who has stayed at the Chenonceau castle several times. Remarkably, there was no bed in it - but there is period furniture and paintings (mostly portraits of the notables), as well as richly decorated walls. The centrepiece is a huge...

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  • Chateau - The Chapel

    A passage leads from the Guards' Room into the Chapel. The Chapel escaped the devastation that befell a lot of religious buildings during the French Revolution when it was turned into storage for fire wood. Today religious objects are, of course, back. For me, the highlight were the seven stained glass windows under the stone-rib ceiling. These...

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  • Chateau - The Guards' Room

    One of the first rooms you see after you pass the hall, the Guards' Room was originally used by soldiers designated for royal protection. It still features the original stone carvings on the doorways, as well as religious statuary. The centerpiece is the large stone fireplace.The room also features a number of tapestries with scenes of medieval...

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  • Visit the town of Chenonceaux

    For some reason unknown to me, the town is Chenonceaux and the chateau is Chenoceau. I'd love to know the reason but until someone enlightens me, it's a French mystery.Update: Fellow VT members told me that the owner of the chateau changed the name during the Revolution because they wanted to distinguish the "royal" chateau from the "republican"...

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  • The Kitchen

    The kitchen are located in the 2 enormous basses forming the 1st two piers built in the bed of the river cher.the kitchen is amazing, I love the kitchen room... have 2 dining room, for inhabitants of the Castle, and for the staff of the Castle.

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  • The wax museum

    Domes in the Building, the new wax museum around the ladies who made Chenonceau: Katherine Briçonnet, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici, Mary Stuart, Louise de Lorraine, Madame Dupin, Madame Pelouze. Historical walking tour of Chenonceau in the Renaissance to the Great War: 1518 - 1918. Wonderful collection of costumes made from the materials...

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Chenonceau Restaurants

  • Just outside of the gates..

    Located near the ticket office, the snack bar is a great place to grab a quick sandwich, salad or ice cream and a beverage before or after touring the chateau.The food was fresh, good and reasonable priced, not to mention conveniently located.There are picnic tables scattered around where you can sit and enjoy your food

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  • BEST MEAL EVER!!!

    We were fortunate enough to stay at this lovely B&B, so just walking down our stairs to a wonderful outdoor patio was great for that night's dinner! We were served by the 2 owners of the hotel and they gave us their honest opinion on what to order - wonderful!We were overwhelmed with the wonderfulness of it all and this is how we spent our 3 hour...

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  • I'll try to come back: don't miss

    We choosed this retaurant - mainly for its location (in between Chambord and Chenonceau castles) and for its "Guide Michelin" rating.- it was a christmas gift (2 dinners to select through a long list of Michelin's selected restaurants)Closed: 2-25 January, Tuesday except lunch from Easter to September and WednesdayMeal prices 25€/43€ - Menu:...

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Chenonceau Nightlife

  • Château de Chenonceau: La promenade...

    “The chateau of Chenonceau is built upon arches across the river Cher, whose waters are made to supply the deep moat at each extremity. There is a spacious courtyard in front, from which a drawbridge conducts to the outer hall of the castle.”— from “Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea” 1835 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) CALM, NOT...

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  • Romantic walk by night

    From Renaissance period to the present, a romantic walk in the gardens and the park « Les Jardins enchantés » : Shade and light with music (Corelli music). Every week end of June. Every day in July and August from 9.30 pm to 11.30 pm. Fares : Adult : 5 € Children under 7 years: free Shoes for walking.

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Chenonceau Transportation

  • Car, Train, Bus

    The Castle is located in Touraine on the Cher River’s bank and is 214 kms from Paris and 34 kms from Tours.From Paris, the duration of the trip is: two hours by car via motorway A10 known as the Aquitaine (exit Blois or Amboise) one hour by TGV from Paris-Montparnasse to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (Tours) one hour and 35 minutes by TGV from Paris-CDG...

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  • General information's

    LocationThe Castle is located in Touraine on the Cher River’s bank and is 214 kms from Paris and 34 kms from Tours. AccessFrom Paris, the duration of the trip is:- two hours by car via motorway A10 known as the Aquitaine (exit Blois or Amboise)- one hour by TGV from Paris-Montparnasse to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (Tours)- one hour and 35 minutes by...

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  • Train station

    This little village has a train station. We discovered it when we walked back from the castle to our hotel (a 10 minute walk) and took a different way. Which also made us realise that on our way there (to the castle) we'd made an unnecessary detour. Hahaha!Anyway, trains from the nearest larger city called Tours are quite frequent. I counted 7...

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Chenonceau Warnings and Dangers

  • Specific restrictions inside the château

    Just be aware that:Disabled people access: The gardens and the castle's ground floor only are equipped with accesses for the disabled people.Flash are not allowed inside the chateau

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  • Château de Chenonceau: Expect Crowds

    “Though Chenonceau has no great height, its delicate facade stands up boldly enough. This facade, one of the most finished things in Touraine, consists of two stories, surmounted by an attic which, as so often in the buildings of the French Renaissance, is the richest part of the house. The high-pitched roof contains three windows of beautiful...

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Chenonceau Tourist Traps

  • Quantity or Quality?

    (Similar tourist trap than in Chateau of Chambord)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 Chenonceau (one half day typically for the castle+gardens, the same for the...

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  • The wax museum

    This i found rather dissapointing. The only thing i found of mild interest was that you could feel the fabrics of which the clothes were made. So i could get an impression of what those clothers must have been like (and how heavy!). It is very small but still costs 1,5 euro while it´ll take you about 10 minutes to walk through.. Spend your time...

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    Miscellaneous: Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Chenonceau.
    Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Châteaux of the Loire Valley. 1995, 128 pages.
    France. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 1999, 64 pages.
    France. Polyglott Verlag GmbH, Munchen, 1993, 96 pages.
    Around the World. France. Second edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 544 pages. 79 cities, 168 museums, 300 churches and cathedrals, 22 Castles, 50 maps, 200 illustrations.

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Chenonceau Off The Beaten Path

  • A romantic walk around the castle...

    From Renaissance period to the present, a romantic walk in the gardens and the park « Les Jardins enchantés » : Shade and light with music (Corelli music). Every week end of June. Every day in July and August from 9.30 pm to 11.30 pm. Fares : Adult : 5 € Children under 7 years: free

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  • Chenonceau area

    Chenonceau area - Here they walked...Decline of the Valley of Loire coincides on time with a decline of Valua dynasty. Royal departures become more and more rare, festivals and entertainments in the residences created specially for these purposes stop. Kings start to prefer more extensive, monumental palaces. So the star of Fontainbleau began to...

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  • Loire

    Coming back from Italy, Charles VIII used waters of Loire to transport on the Italian vessel military extraction - Gobelin tapestries, draperies from a leather, a velvet, Damask fabrics, hand-written books, pictures and a sculpture. The king brought to France also artists, handicraftsmen, cabinetmakers, and set dressers, the manufacturer of...

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Chenonceau Favorites

  • Chenonceau museum

    General informationOpening hours:From January 1st to February 10th 9H30 - 17H00From February 11th to March 11th 9H30 - 18H00From March 12th to March 31st 9H30 - 18H00From April 1st to May 31st 9H00 - 19H00From June 1st to June 30th 9H00 - 19H30From July 1st to August 31st 9H00 - 20H00From September 1st to September 30th 9H00 - 19H30From October 1st...

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  • INTRODUCTION - BRIEF HISTORY

    IntroductionChenonceau is one of the most impressive Renaissance Chateau and certainly the most romantic in the Loire valley.It is the private ancient memorial the most visited by France, set by several pleasure gardens, parc and a wine growing estate.Château des Dames as recorded in the French history books, it owes a large part of its charm to...

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  • Indicative fees and general...

    1. Indicative fees (2009)Single Entrance: 10 €,Children (7 to 15) and Students: 8 €.Wax Museum "The Ladies' Gallery": 12 €. Audio video guided tour: 14 €, Children 7 to 18 and students : 12 € 2. Opening hoursThe Castle is open every day of the year.3. Customize your visit-audioguideThrough ipods, it lasts from 40 to 45 minutes depending on the...

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Louise of Loraine's Bedroom
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2nd Floor Hall
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Gabrielle d'Estrées' Bedroom
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Cesar of Vendome's bedroom
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Chaterine de' Medici's Bedroom
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The Five Queens Bedroom
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The Staircase
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Louis XIV's Drawing Room
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The Hall
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The Gallry
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The Green Study
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The Library
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Diane de Poitier's Bedroom
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The Chapel
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The Chateau
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Main Gate Road
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