Top 5 Castles in France
One of the first words you need to learn when you get to France is “chateau”. France is home to some of Europe’s most stunning castles (or should we say chateaux). For a change from cosmopolitian Paris, why not indulge in a different kind of experience and take a fairy-tale journey of France’s most beautiful castles?
Without further ado, here are our top 5 French castles:
5. Chateau d’Amboise
Located in the town of Amoise, this castle is a late 9th century design that sits above the River Loire. The medieval castle was restored after the 16th century and it still retains its formidable outer circuit of defensive towers and walls.
4. Chateau de Chantilly
Situated in the quaint town of Chantilly, the Chateau de Chantilly is a historic monument boasting a rare assortment of 17th century pieces. Every two years, the castle hosts Nuits de Feu, a biannual fireworks competition.
3. Chateau de ChenonceauBuilt in the 11th century on the banks of the River Cher, this castle is one of the most well-known castles of the Loire Valley. Designed by French architect Philibert de l’Orme, the picturesque, bridge-like castle spans across the width of the river with the western side looking out to the water. Inside, visitors will also be impressed by the castles’ extensive collection of art and antiques.
2. Chateau de Chambord
Located in the Loire valley in Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, Chateau de Chambord is the perfect fairytale castle. With distinctive French Renaissance design, complete with multiple turrets, decorative French windows and elaborate trimmings, the castle is a dreamy wonderland that will leave you wishing you were a princess.
No trip to France would be complete without a visit to the Palace of Versailles. Just 20 kilometres outside of Paris, the Palace of Versailles, known also as the Chateau de Versailles, is one of the largest palaces in the world and has taken on great historic importance as a symbol of the Ancient Regime. Built in 1624, the palace is a tribute to the ornate design of the 17th century. With the famous Hall of Mirrors and exquisite Royal Court, the Palace of Versailles ranks easily as France’s most stunning castle.
Now that you know the options, which castle will you claim as your own?