Château de Chambord is a great example of the splendor of French Renaissance architecture. This massive and popular castle was built starting in 1519 by François I, the French king at that time.
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You can see the former king’s, François I’s, apartments both in 17th and 18th century style. The chapel in the western wing of the castle, albeit simple in many ways, bears the marks of three different periods of construction. It took, after all, more than 30 years to complete this castle.
The vaulted ceilings bear the letter F and the symbol of François I. You can also explore the courtyard and the famed double-helix staircase. This staircase was based on sketches done by Leonardo da Vinci. It is very interesting because it was designed so that two people can ascend in sight of one another but without ever meeting.
The terraces of this castle offer magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding Chambord Park. This park was a royal hunting forest and remains the largest enclosed forest in Europe.
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Start your visit off by walking through the courtyard and apartments. Absolutely do not miss the view from the terraces or the staircase architectural marvel.
The castle also offers ways to improve your experience at the chateau. You can purchase a guidebook, audio guide, a tour with a digital tablet, or a guided tour. We highly recommend the tour with digital tablet.
Then, if you please, you can visit the forest. The chateau offers 4X4 park visits or you can choose to walk along the canal. You may also rent bikes.
- Hours: 9am-5pm (Certain months open till 6pm see website for details).
- Price: 11€
- Access: By car, or by train + shuttle/taxi (Frankly this castle is not easy to access without a car, we highly recommend taking our tour instead).