The Châteaux de la Loire

The Château de Chenonceau|The chateau de Chambord |The chateau of Azay le Rideau|The castle of Plessis-Bourré|The royal castle of Amboise|The Château de Cheverny|

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Themes : heritage, culture,

«The castles of the Loire» are the most remarkable concentration of castles in the world which justified the classification of the Val de Loire World Heritage of humanity by Unesco. This artistic miracle which has grown continuously over more than three centuries.


Accomodation
Hôtel Burgevin, Sully-sur-Loire, France (en)
Hôtel
Situated just 100 metres from the Loire River, this charming hotel offers a bar and terrace area. It is only 500 metres from the castle of Sully-sur-Loire....
Hotel Le Relais Louis XI, Meung-sur-Loire, France (en)
Hôtel
Located on the edge of the Loire River, Le Relais Louis XI is set in a historic building, which used to house Louis XI’s private stables....
Les Fleurons B&B, Amboise, France (en)
Hôtel
Set in a 17th-century townhouse, this luxury B&B is in the historic district of Amboise....
The stages
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The castle of La Bussière
Nicknamed 'the fishermen Castle', the castle of La Bussière is an elegant remains of 17th century placed on a 6-hectare pond in a park of 60 hectares. It hosts the international fishing Museum which houses a collection of works of art on the freshwater fishery.
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Gien
Installed in the Dean of the castles of the Loire, International Museum of this hunting magnificent collections dedicated to hunting and wildlife art. Famous for its tradition of blue faience, the town of Gien has also a Museum of la Faïencerie to discover.
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The Château de Sully
The Château de Sully, was built in the 14th century, was the residence of the Dukes of Sully. It is a genuine medieval fortress with towers, its Dungeon, its path and its moat still in water. Inside tables and tapestries as well as a beautiful structure dating from the 14th century.
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The Château de Chamerolles
Chamerolles Castle was built at the dawn of the Renaissance in the sixteenth century by Lancelot I st du Lac. It is designed in the traditional shape of a medieval fortress. A perfume Museum is located in the South Wing.
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The castle of Meung
The castle of Meung is one of the largest and oldest Châteaux de la Loire. Cradle of the Capetian dynasty, he was until the French Revolution the prestigious residence of the Bishops of Orléans. Nicknamed the 'Castle with two faces', because of its medieval and classical facades.
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The Château de Châteaudun
The Château de Châteaudun is a succession of elements of medieval architecture, Gothic and Renaissance of a unique authenticity. Its keep from the 12th century is one of the largest and best preserved. Châteaudun announces the great castles of the Loire Valley.
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The Château de Talcy
The Château de Talcy is a Renaissance Castle, arguably less famous than the great castles of the Loire. But unusually, the House has kept intact the beautiful furniture from the 18th century and Gothic tapestries.
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The chateau de Chambord
The Château de Chambord is an imposing remains Marina who built in the sixteenth century François ler. It is the largest of the castles of the Loire with its 440 rooms and 282 fireplaces. It is served by the famous central double revolution staircase created by Leonardo da Vinci.
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The royal castle of Blois
It is the castle of the Loire was the more frequent by the Kings of France. After having been the fief of the powerful counts of Blois and that of Charles Duke of Orléans, the castle of Blois becomes with Louis XII, the favorite abode of the Kings of France for more than a century.
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The Château de Beauregard
The Château de Beauregard is the former hunting lodge by Chambord, built on the orders of François 1er. It has been known for its famous Gallery of Portraits and its 327 luminaries. Beauregard is a hidden treasure of the chateaux of the Loire.
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The Château de Cheverny
The Château de Cheverny is constructed in a uniform classical style. It presents a rare unity of style in architecture as in its decoration. Cheverny inspired Hergé for the creation of the castle of Moulinsart.
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Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre
The Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre has an austere grace. Built at the end of the 15th century, it has the image of the strong ideal castle with its Tower, its curtain of entry with machicolation and its Postern fortified entry. The interiors have retained the typical distribution of the middle ages.
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The field of Chaumont
Classified world heritage by UNESCO, the Domaine de Chaumont spans 30 hectares. It brings together the Castle (15th - 19th) that belonged to Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers. The domain hosts a beautiful landscaped park, the remarkable stables.
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The royal castle of Amboise
This iconic monument and its landscaped gardens offer one of the most remarkable views over the Loire Valley, the royal castle of Amboise is classified world heritage by Unesco.
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The Château de Clos Lucé
Summer residence chosen by Charles VIII to his wife Anne of Brittany, it is at the Clos Lucé in Amboise, just settle Leonardo da Vinci in 1516 until his death. Clos Lucé is a place with history to discover the world of Leonardo da Vinci.
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The Château de Chenonceau
The Château de Chenonceau is, after Versailles, France the most visited Castle. Former royal residence, Chenonceau is an exceptional site, by its original on the expensive design but also by its history, it has been protected by such women Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.
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Château-Musée Balzac
Château de Saché is a logis made the taste of the 19th century by its owner at the time, Jean Margonne, who often received Honoré de Balzac. From 1825 to 1848, the famous writer made a dozen of stays at the Château de Saché. It houses a museum dedicated to him.
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The chateau of Azay le Rideau
Azay le Rideau is one of the most famous castles of the Loire. Built on an island in the middle of the Indre Department, he was raised under the reign of François 1er, by a rich financier Gilles Berthelot, who wanted to reconcile innovations from Italy and the art of building in the French.
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The Château d ' Ussé
The Château d 'Ussé with its fortified towers, turrets and its pinnacles have inspired Charles Perrault in 1697 for his tale of "la Belle au Bois dormant". It was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Interior contains Flemish tapestries and Oriental weapons.
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The Château de Langeais
Royal residence, the Château de Langeais is a refined between middle ages and Renaissance residence. Built between 1465 and 1470 on the orders of Louis XI, the Castle houses an outstanding collection of furniture that evoke the daily life of the Lords in the middle ages.
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The Castle and gardens of Villandry
The Château de Villandry was built in the 16th century is famous for the beauty of its six gardens. It is the last of the great Loire castles erected during the Renaissance in the Val de Loire. The simple elegance of its architecture with the charm of its remarkable gardens is unique in Europe.
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The Château du Lude
The Lude Castle consists of three wings, framed by powerful round towers, mingling the Renaissance, neoclassical and neo-Gothic styles. The Lude Castle stands on six levels, for a total height of 35 meters with a surface area of 2,000 m2.
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The Château de Montgeoffroy
The Château de Montgeoffroy from the 18th century is located in the heart of the Loire Valley. It has a harmonious façade "Louis XV". It is one of the few castles to have retained its period furniture and its superb cuisine.
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The castle of Plessis-Bourré
The Château du Plessis is dated from the 15th century and is among the castles of the Loire which has not undergone major changes to its exterior architecture. Many films were shot there, such as Peau d'Anne, the hunchback or Fanfan la Tulipe.
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Angers
City of Art and history, Angers is the ancient capital of Anjou. It has a rich architectural heritage, in particular the castle of King René built in the 13th century. It houses the tapestry of the Apocalypse, the largest collection of medieval tapestries known to date.
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The Château de Serrant
The Château de Serrant is among the the best furnished castles of the Loire. Its majestic library, its kitchens with its brass and its outstanding collection of furniture. Built from the Renaissance, the work lasted almost 350 years.
The Château de Brissac
With its seven floors and its 204 rooms, the Château de Brissac is the highest Castle of France. The Palace of the Dukes of Brissac kept in a labyrinth of corridors its furniture, memories of the family, Flemish tapestries and a Belle Epoque theater.
The Château de Brézé
Of all the castles of the Loire, Château de Brézé is the most curious. The visit combines discovery of a Renaissance castle with an incredible underground fortress. Brézé Castle also has the distinction of possessing the deepest dry moat in Europe.
Montsoreau
Montsoreau is labeled "Most beautiful Village of France" and "Small city of character". Its splendid Castle of tufa dominates the Loire. It was made famous by the novel by Alexandre Dumas "The Dame de Montsoreau". Streets flowering to tufa houses lead to the vineyards of Saumur.
Chinon
Chinon knows his hour of glory in the middle-ages in the 12th century, at the time of the Plantagenets (Henri II and Queen Aliénor, Richard the Lionheart), and then in the 15th century, when the Court of France exiled from Paris comes here regularly. The Royal fortress is the emblematic monument of Chinon.
Château du Rivau
The Château du Rivau is a stately fortress from the 13th century with its Dungeon, its moat, drawbridge and its path. The castle is also a castle of approval. It attracts visitors for its history, but especially for these gardens of fairy tales.
The castle of Oiron
The castle of Oiron is a majestic building of architectural Renaissance. Built from the 16th century, it houses the collection contemporary Curios & Mirabilia freely designed on the theme of the cabinet of curiosity with reference to the fabulous art collection of Claude Gouffier, grand Écuyer to Henri II.
Loches
Overlooking the Valley of the River Indre, Loches, owns the labels of 'City of Art and history' and 'most beautiful detours of France. It is a remarkable medieval city in the heart of the chateaux of the Loire. It is the heart history and heritage a campaign studded castles, the unspoiled countryside.
The Château de Valençay
The former residence of prince Talleyrand of Renaissance style and classic is a jewel of architecture. Symbol of imperial power, the Château de Valençay embodies the taste and elegance, with its marbles, his paintings and his exceptional furniture Empire decorated with gilded bronzes.
The Château du Moulin
The Château du Moulin, nestled in the heart of the Sologne is surrounded by trees is built on the plan of a feudal Castle and reflects its towers in the water of the moat. The Château du Moulin has preserved the architectural value of a monument of Italian art.
The Château de Bouges
The Château de Bouges, resembling to "Petit Trianon", seems always inhabited. This elegant Italian House of 18th century belonged to the prince of Talleyrand. The elegance of the architecture meets a remarkable collection of furniture and objects d'art. The common house of great stables.
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