21 Jan King of the Castles

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...

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