The Château de Chenonceau
Close to our hotel in Amboise
Set amid gardens overseen by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici at the heart of a 70-hectare park, one of the most beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley awaits you in the village of Chenonceau. With its gallery bridge spanning the River Cher, both its structure and history are completely unique. Marked by the women who left their imprint on it - as well as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, these include Louise de Lorraine, Louise Dupin and Madame Pelouze - the château became a military hospital during World War I and a passageway to the Free Zone in World War II.
The château got most of its current allure from Catherine de Medici, inspired by plans of a Venetian palace. It is divided into three distinct parts: the two-storey main building (corps de logis); the long gallery whose five arches pass over the Cher to the south; and the Tour des Marques, a medieval remnant of a preceding castle. Spend a few glorious hours roaming the château, and explore the likes of the guard room, the chapel, the Cabinet Vert, the bedrooms of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, the gallery, and the salons of Francis I and Louis XIV. Within these rooms, you’ll encounter masterpieces by great artists, sumptuous furniture and rare tapestries.