Chateau de Chambord, Chambord

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Chateau de Chambord is the quintessential monument to the flamboyance of French kings; all the grandeur with a dash of delightful whimsy. A dreamscape of turrets and towers rises from the terrace, resulting in its trademark silhouette that has often been likened to the skyline of a city. François I built it to serve as his hunting lodge and it is surrounded by forests that serve as a perfect lead-in to the jaw-dropping first glimpse. The Castle is a perfect example of sixteenth-century Renaissance architecture. When inside, don't miss the famed double helix stairways, rumored to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Explore its vaulted hallways, 400 palatial rooms, decorative staircases, and end your visit by taking a walk in the sprawling gardens. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Chateau de Chambord by using our Chambord trip itinerary site.
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  • Extremely disappointed by the whole place to be honest. Scaffolding around most of the building, gardens fenced off and an overpriced entrance fee of €14 each and €6 parking fee just to look at empty....  more
    Extremely disappointed by the whole place to be honest. Scaffolding around most of the building, gardens fenced off and an overpriced entrance fee of €14 each and €6 parking fee just to look at empty....  more »
  • We enjoyed touring Chambord on our own. It is very impressive. One thing to note, the chateau is under construction and scaffolding covers a significant portion of the exterior. Still glad we went... 
    We enjoyed touring Chambord on our own. It is very impressive. One thing to note, the chateau is under construction and scaffolding covers a significant portion of the exterior. Still glad we went...  more »
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  • Wow! Just wow. Such a beautiful place. Definitely work the travel. I would recommend a bike ride in the French countryside to get there. The chateau is stunning when you see it. It looks like you’re in a dream.
  • Amazing building with lots of interesting history. Pleasant, open gardens in which to relax and have a picnic. Negative points were the lack of bins/recycling points and toilets and the cafe in the castle which was overpriced and not clean.

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