Well administrative not part of Brittany by an oversight in 1941, but historicall and personally part of Brittany ,the great city of Nantes.
Home of the rightful name castle of the dukes of Brittany in city center close by the quai malakoff and the river. it is here since the 13C to the 15C as resident of the Dukes of Brittany.
The kings of France was Charles VIII to Louis XIV stayed here, in 1499 Louis XII married Anne of Brittany here, and in 1598 Henri IV developed the edit of Nantes.
Its a monument, a castle, a history museum (32 rooms),and a symbol of a city and region. Not to missed the tapestry of the states of Brittany decorated with French lilies and Breton ermines dating from 1585.
As you enters thru the arch door towers you go into a large courtyard showing the beauty of the building architecture, tehn you follow the line to your right as you enter, the Jacobins towers, the Port tower,this area is the history museum; you see in front of you the golden crown tower or the tour de la couronne d'or. you go over to the river tower, horseshoe tower, down over to the bastion St Pierre, the old keep, the ruins of the part demolished in 1800, and back to the main entrance. You will be thrill to go up the ramparts for a great view of the city.
the only paying part is the museum, which covers the history of Nantes, from François II founder of the castle and father of Anne of Brittany to our days, and they have a restaurant Les Oubliettes from 10h To 18H except mondays.
The castle is impressive and nice way to walk on history. However, the moats and gardens around it with its magnificent stone walls are just as nice, and our favorite way to rest from long walks in the city.
You have plenty of benches to sit, and have a light picnic with public toilets and even a left luggage place right by the museum entrance. You have the main entrance by the big towers that you can go down on the gardens/moats parts. You have another moats entrance by the tramway lines passing on line 1, you have an emergency entrance going to the cathedral as well.
The moat gardens, planted with magnolias, emblematic trees in the history of Nantes, provide a walk right around the monument at the foot of the ramparts. The Castle is also a fine sight at night... Its nocturnal illuminations reveal the full architectural complexity of this superb building.
This castle hosts the Nantes History Museum. So you will have Nantes history and great architecture experiene in one go.
Francis II, last Duke of Brittany began this castles building in 15th century. Building was finished by Anne of Brittany, Francis II daughter.
It is a fortress, surrounded by the moat and water. Later on a roual castle and the residene of Brittanys covernors was built on the 16th century.
I think I spent 3h in there, lot of audio-visuals. Great exchibition!
The second important site for a tourist in Nantes is the Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne. According to the official site "Built on the banks of the Loire, the castle is both a military fortress and a residential palace. This is where Anne de Bretagne was born in 1477 and where Henri IV signed the Edict of Nantes in 1598, which granted Protestants rights to their religion." It’s the oldest historic building besides the Cathedral.
There’s no entrance fee so you can enter and enjoy for free the courtyard, the ramparts and the moat gardens. It is open daily 10.00-19.00, we managed to be there at about 18.00 but hopefully we had time to wander around because it’s not very big. There are 2 old entrances at the sides but we preferred to walk into from the main gate over the stone bridge.
We saw a lot of locals with kids enjoying the gardens but we also loved the view over the Loire from the ramparts. Although the Chateau (castle) looks like a normal fortress because of its walls and the defencive moat the interior was just the residential house (ok, lets say palace) of the Francis II, duke of Brittany that lived there in 15th century. The palace was built by tufa stone in renaissance style although new buildings were added the next centuries.
What’s more it houses the Nantes History Museum, where you can follow the history of the city through videos, paintings etc
The Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne is always worth a look at. The weather was atrocious but what do expect for February.
"Built on the banks of the Loire, the castle is both a military fortress and a residential palace. This is where Anne de Bretagne was born in 1477 and where Henri IV signed the Edict of Nantes in 1598, which granted Protestants rights to their religion. "
This castle is quite amazing. It has everything you expect from a medieval castle complete with a moat. This is one of the first things I remember seeing upon my arrival to Nantes. I couldn't believe that for the next 6 months I was going to be living in a city that has a castle like that. It's quite amazing.