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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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  • Amazing Chateau that made for an interesting visit though as it was never used as a home and it therefore lacked much of that interesting family history often associated with castles and stately... 
    Amazing Chateau that made for an interesting visit though as it was never used as a home and it therefore lacked much of that interesting family history often associated with castles and stately...  more »
  • Fairy tale palace in splendid woodland. What a vista as you arrive. The view, the history worth every moment. Breath taking views, architectually outstanding. There was not a moment of... 
    Fairy tale palace in splendid woodland. What a vista as you arrive. The view, the history worth every moment. Breath taking views, architectually outstanding. There was not a moment of...  more »
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  • This is the best castle I've seen in the Loire valley. It is huge and the architecture is very complex, like its spiraling main staircase. There is a lot to see, and the castle also has some art displays. It's actually a big site with a garden, church, village, etc. The only downside is that the parking lot is €6 (other castles don't make visitors pay parking) but given the size of the site, I suppose it goes toward its preservation. A must see!
  • Impressive castle set on huge grounds. We found the artwork exhibits the most interesting aspects, plus the double helix staircase at center of building. Very crowded, next time we would try to be there early when they open.

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