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Chateau de Chambord
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Chambord
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Chambord is the emblem of the French Renaissance through Europe and the world. The Domain of Chambord is made up of the château, a village, farms and a wooded area. The domain of Chambord is completely enclosed within a wall, all 5,440 hectares of it. That’s the equivalent of the city of Paris! It is the largest enclosed forest in Europe. The entire site has been the property of the state since 1930; when the public estate was created, article 230 of the law dated 23 February 2005 stated that the possessions making up the domain were given over to it without restriction or exceptions.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a big place with a lot to see. The staircase is very unusual and great fun to go up and down. there are great views of the gardens and surrounding countryside from the roof terrace. The place comes with a lot of history.

1  Thank Paul A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chambord (near town of Blois). Largest, most beautiful. Ipads give you history of each room and show you what it looked like back in the day. Also have golf carts you can rent to see the grounds. Don’t miss this one!

1  Thank Laura H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly underwhelming for all the hype. I watched a lot of documentaries and this château is highly rated and loudly touted as the grand jewel of the Loire châteaux. Yes, it’s the biggest, but that’s about it. Staircase is neat, but the interior is relatively bare except for a few rooms. Lots of empty rooms, especially on the third floor. Some art on the second, but it seems more like filler than art that’s inspired by the surroundings or history. Views from the terrace are nice. Grounds are pretty but not a stand out. Some overly commercialized, sanitized Disney-esque activities. Great if you have kids to entertain, but not for adults. Felt like this one is so “recommended” because it has the infrastructure to support large crowds, not that it is special. I’d skip this château - plenty of others to see.

3  Thank Catherine91011
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been to the Chateau de Chenonceux the day before, we thought we might be disappointed here, but nothing of the sort. This was only ever a part time palace, visited infrequently by various French Kings who brought their own furniture and households but then moved on taking everything with them. Never the less, the sense of history is palpable. It obviously doesn't have the volume of furniture and the art at Chenonceux, which was lived in consistently over many centuries, but this doesn't dilute the high quality of the visitor experience. There's an excellent 20 minute introductory video in a theatre near the entrance, which does a great job of explaining the house's design, architecture and usage throughout history. The central spiral staircase is extraordinary within the building, but the exterior architecture is also breath taking. The gardens are lovely too. This should be on the list of every visitor to the Loire Valley.

3  Thank Nicholas H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is very impressive and very large ground to cover. you can easily spend half day here. But if you only have limited time, there is also the fast route which points you to the must-see sight.

1  Thank Xiaowen C
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