Chateau de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux

4.6
#1 of 140 in Museums in Centre-Val de Loire
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
Create an itinerary including Chateau de Chenonceau
Protected and loved by prominent women in Renaissance history, including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médici, Chateau de Chenonceau, is the second most visited château in France, other than the Royal Palace of Versailles. French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme designed the castle and built it on the site of an old mill on the River Cher in the 11th century. The château later saw renovations during the 16th century due to its destruction in the 15th century.

All of its gardens and grounds are open for you to explore, including the castle's architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance. Old masters’ paintings, as well as an extremely rare selection of Flanders Tapestries from the 16th century, comprise the art collection. Visit Catherine de Médicis’ bedroom to view the recently restored Corrège’s painting on wood, "L’Education de l’Amour." Put Chateau de Chenonceau at the forefront of your travel plans using our Chenonceaux online trip itinerary builder.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Tours to Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
8,763 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • A splendid Castle with a strong history a Caterina de Medici, King Francois I and his lover Diane de Poiter lived here. Kept in good conditions, with a very nice park. 
    A splendid Castle with a strong history a Caterina de Medici, King Francois I and his lover Diane de Poiter lived here. Kept in good conditions, with a very nice park.  more »
  • Visiting in May rather than peak season meant it was very comfortable. The chateau is beautiful as are the gardens. For us, the kitchens were a highlight of our visit. There is a gallery of... 
    Visiting in May rather than peak season meant it was very comfortable. The chateau is beautiful as are the gardens. For us, the kitchens were a highlight of our visit. There is a gallery of...  more »
Google
  • Lots and lots of photo moments! Really amazing place to see. Bring comfortable shoes and plan on making a day trip. Food and Wine tasting too! Awesome to see and understand how things were done back then.
  • I suggest visiting the castle from outside by renting a kayak from providers nearby the river. Looking the castle from that point of view is very interesting. If you don't want to enter the castle, paying the ticket, it is possible to have a nice view from the opposite side of the river by a 500 meters walk in the woods.

Plan your trip to Chenonceaux

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.