Chantilly Travel Guide

  • how about walking into this castle....
    how about walking into this castle....
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  • main entrance Chateau de Chantilly
    main entrance Chateau de Chantilly
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  • Grande ecuries, horses and now a show
    Grande ecuries, horses and now a show
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Chantilly Highlights

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     Very Quiet and Good for tourism 

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     Tours are given only in French. Not allowed to wander around without the guide. 

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     Very nice town to spend a day in! 

Chantilly Things to Do

  • Racecourse or Hippodrome of Chantilly

    a wonderful building in horse lovers country for centuries, the best comes here,and so you will love it.the Hippodrome or racecourse,not open to the public during racing unless you pay but off you can ask to see the racecourse and training stables at 5 ave magdalene as visits can take place every morning on weeks days and Saturday included. webpage...

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  • gardens and parks of Chateau de...

    one of the wonderful time spent in castles in France is its gardens and parks meticuously maintained and groom. The gardens of the chateau de chantilly is no exception, in fact, it should be a must to see while in France.The gardens, compose of three sections, the jardin a la française design by Le Notre, the jardin anglo-chinois around a hameau or...

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  • Musée du Conde

    inside the castle there is a wonderful museum.The Condé muséeHenri d'Orléans, duke d'Aumale, son of king Louis-Philippe Ier, bequested in 1897 the castle and all its collection to the Institut de France. It included the grands appartements and petits appartements furnished from the 19C and 19C by the princes of Condé and by the duke of Aumale...

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  • musée vivant du cheval

    a wonderful expression of the art of horse riding, totally devoted to the world of the horse. It was created in 1982 by Yves Bienaimé in the Grandes Écuries de Chantilly , where the building belongs to the Institut de France. It is next to the horse racetrack or hippodrome.It is since 2007 managed by Sophie Bienaimé, daughter of founder, and...

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  • Chateau de Chantilly -exteriors

    a wonderful castle one of the must in near Paris,not in the region, this is Picardie region dept Oise no. 60, but a beautiful horse country area and hunting.I have a tip on the interiors this one is on the exteriors, same info. You must come here2013 : the domain is closed from January 8 to January 31.The Condé Museum - The Château / The Gardens...

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  • Chateau de Chantilly -interiors

    the history of Chantilly and France, another wonderful castle must see while in France.From Gallo-Roman period the domaine of « Cantilius » was erected amongst the ponds.That later became the “Chateau de Chantilly”.Originally the property belongs to the family of Le Bouteiller and then Orgemont families (14th century and the 15th century). Pierre...

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  • Chateau de Chantilly

    The Chateau de Chantilly is more of an art museum than a furnished chateau, the 13€ admission fee only allowed a visit to the Musee Conde in the Grand Chateau, not the grand apartments in the petit chateau. If you buy a Domain Pass or a Show Pass the grand apartments are included or we could have paid an extra 3€ to go on a tour of the grand...

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  • Chateau de Chantilly-Chapel

    One of the rooms on the interior of the Chateau that I found interesting was the chapel, be sure to find the information card in the room to explain what the bornze figures and bas relief panels signify. In the center of the altar is an urn containing the hearts of the Conde princes including Henri II, the hearts were hidden during the French...

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  • Chateau gardens

    After visiting the chateau, we visited the gardens, access to the gardens is included with admission to the chateau, not free like Versailles or Fontainebleau. Or you can purchase admission just to the park and gardens, currently 6€. The formal gardens were designed by André Le Nôtre who also designed the grounds at Versailles. The grand canal here...

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  • The Museum of the Living Horse

    This museum was created in a stables built in the 18th century by a Condé prince. The prince loved horses so much that he wanted to be reincarnated as one (and I thought I was bad!). So he built a massive stables to house his horses in luxury.The stables now houses about 30 different breeds of horses and various rooms throughout the building have...

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  • Musee Conddee

    This museum is housed inside "Chateau de Chantilly". Its a must place in Chantilly.The value of the Museum is summarized by Wikepedia as follows:"Musee Condee houses the finest collections of paintings in France after the Louvre".

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  • Visirinf Chateau de Chantilly

    Its a beautiful castle (only 38km away from Paris), If you want to see a French castle while visiting Paris, please come here. It takes only 30 minutes by train from Paris's North Station (Gare du Nord). You can walk around a huge beautiful garden surrounding this castle. I used to feed carps in a pond here.

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Chantilly Restaurants

  • Chateau restaurant

    The restaurant is inside "Chateau de Chantilly". Its an interesting experience to eat here. Its a cozy and is decorated as a French countryside restaurant. The salas dishes and fish. Cod was excellent.

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  • classic venue

    I had my Sunday lunch in the main restaurant at the racecourse, with (as you've guessed from the name) a view of the course to the front and parade ring to the rear.I didn't book in advance, but you should for busier meetings and/or to get a window table.Not cheap (even just after the French government cut vat on restaurant meals to 5.5%) but very...

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Chantilly Nightlife

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    Chantilly

    by Toyin Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    Ordinarily, Chantilly is a very touristic town, and there is not too much activities once it is evening.

    However, if you are here with your patner, it is very romantic. The mood in the evening is very ideal for lovers.

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Chantilly Transportation

  • How to get in and out

    Of course the best way is by car on A1 from Paris sortie/exit Chantilly, parking by the castle to our right in the forest or in city center. Normal driving day takes about 45 minutes.then its the train From Paris Gare du Nord SNCF trains takes about 24 minutes and from Chatelet-Les Halles take the RER D for 45 mins stop in station...

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  • Beauvais Airport

    I'd used it once before, on a charter flight 20+ years ago, so I know it's small and no-where near Paris.It was convenient for my trip to Chantilly/Senlis.Two tips about it - the departure area is tiny, and even with just 2 flights leaving about the same time (and it has 4 gates) the seating can only cope with half the passengers. The rest stand or...

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  • car hire

    I booked a car with Hertz (as Ryanair's travel partner). Not the ideal experience.I had to wait in a queue for 25 minutes on arrival (early Saturday evening), whilst the sole employee struggled with those ahead of me. Then when it was my turn, she asked if I could wait 5 minutes (for some unexplained reason). One look at my face told her that was a...

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Chantilly Local Customs

  • Nuit musicale or musical nights

    And at Chantilly, you will have the musical nights or Nuit Musicale with 80 concerts of classical music in open air, an equestrian show , fireworks all in one night. This is at the Domaine de Chantilly on June 22 2013. You will see presentations of La Truite from Schubert, Wedding Cake from Saint- Saëns or the Casse-Noisette from Tchaïkovsky, the...

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  • Francois Vatel

    The story of Francois Vatel is connected with the Chateau de Chantilly, in April 1671 Louis XIV came to the chateau for a three day visit. He was the greatest chef in France at the time (perhaps the 1st celebrity chef?) and he had to feed Louis and his entourage of some 5,000 people with little notice. Vatel is said to have committed suicide by...

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Chantilly Tourist Traps

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    Tourism Office

    by Toyin Written Nov 27, 2004

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    We discovered also that the office close very early. The picture you see is the Office de Tourism and you could see that it was shut.

    Unique Suggestions: It is advisable to arrive in good time in order to have optimum benefits.

    Fun Alternatives: The alternative is to check the local map of Chantilly and do it yourself. That was exactly what I did. Any way, it meant that I have to go back. Haha.

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Chantilly Off The Beaten Path

  • Church Notre Dame de Chantilly

    a wonderful church by the back of the racecourse and near the castle. Built by Henri-Jules, son of the Grand Condé from 1687 to 1691, on a plan of the architect Mansard then enlarged by Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon in 1724, it was consecrated under the patronage of our Lady of the assumption.Inside, paintings by Louis de Boulogne said the younger...

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  • Hospital of the Grand Condé

    one of the landmarks of the city often overlook but very nice noble and historic. The hospital or hospice de Grand Condé a bit of history that explains better this beautiful peaceful place in ChantillyThe Foundation Conde at Place Omer Vallon, established in Vineuil Saint Firmin by Charlotte de Montmorency, under the direction of Saint Vincent de...

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  • Watch the traffic

    I observed that the roads are very narrow and one has to be very careful, even when you are taking a walk. The vechicles seems to move very fast and there are very few space for people that are walking. This may be because we arrived here when majority of tourists were hurrying out and back to Paris.

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Chantilly Sports & Outdoors

  • Champ de Course

    The racecourse at Chantilly is one of the most famous in France. It must certainly have the most beautiful surroundings! The racecourse was created in 1834. Throughout the summer there are various prestigious and local races going on here, check out their website for uptodate information.

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  • Hippodrome de Chantilly

    Chantilly is (for those not "in the know") one of France's (and the world's) premier horse racing venues.It is also an equestrian centre generally - the Grandes Ecuries form part of the Chateau. The course is spectacular, with the horses running past both buildings on their way to the finishing straight.I chose the meeting for the €400,000 Prix...

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  • Sport of Kings, Ducs and Sheikhs

    This is the center for pure-blood (racehorse) training in France. It is where the first dirt track was built and has heavily attended week-end races in mid-June. It is the training and stabling area for over 3,000 race horses and 1,000 apprentice training riders (called lads in both French and British parlance. boys in the US). There are miles of...

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Chantilly Favorites

  • walk Chantilly

    another town to walk a bit more expansive due to the racecourse,living horse museum and castle and then the town, but still doable and many surprises along the way.The viaduc de la canaridiere at the beginning of the valley de la Nonette, its a work part of the railroad line Paris-Creil, opened in May 10 1859. It has a height of 22,35 meters and a...

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  • Cool and peaceful atmosphere

    What we experience is an opportunity to be distance from the stress of the city and have the opportunity to reflect.

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  • Architecture

    Both the external and internal architecture and design of the Chateau at Chantilly is beautiful. I think is mish mash of additions over the centuries has enhanced the character. Maybe controversially the French Revolution was not such a bad thing for Chantilly as new life has been brought in to the buildings over the last 120 years. With many works...

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