French Chateau of Chambord in the Loire Valley

The Château of Chambord

Historic since the 16th century, the Chambord Castle is a unique architectural pearl, a symbol of the French Renaissance. It is located 120 kilometers from Paris, at a bend of the river Cosson, about 6 km from the banks of the Loire, whose valley is famous for its castles and vineyards. Every year about a million tourists from all over the world come to Chambord to see this architectural masterpiece and explore its spacious halls and chambers, which for centuries served as temporary shelter for the crowned heads of state. The castle is surrounded by a magnificent enclosed forest park, the largest in Europe. Deer, roe deer, wild boars and birds feel at ease here, just as they did centuries ago. The park, which extends over 5,463 hectares, is surrounded by a 32-kilometer wall, the longest in France.

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Highlights

The Château de Chambord, whose appearance embodies traditional French medieval forms and features of Italian Renaissance architecture, was built as a hunting lodge for King Francis I. However, despite its modest purpose, the building was destined to become the largest castle in the Loire Valley. Modern visitors to Chambord are invariably struck by its extravagant proportions. The length of the chateau facades is 156 m, width – 117 m, height of the construction reaches 56 meters. The Royal hunting lodge has 65 flights of stairs, 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 365 chimneys in the roof. The grandiosity of the building is emphasized by 800 sculptural columns.

As in other royal country castles, the halls and chambers at Chambord were only furnished and draped during visits from monarchs, so visitors cannot see the authentic interiors here now. However, the castle holds a significant collection of paintings, engravings, tapestries, and furniture from other eras, totaling more than 4,500 pieces of art.

French kings visited Chambord not just for the hunt. Their stay was accompanied by celebrations, balls and theatrical performances. Today, as before, interesting events are constantly taking place in the castle: concerts, shows, festivals and costumed performances. There are reproduced knightly tournaments, pompous equestrian parades, which is attended by hundreds of riders of cavalry guards of France. All these spectacles are a genuine delight for tourists.

As for hunting, in the rich game grounds of the Chambord Castle it is still organized, but exclusively for the guests of the President of France. True, it happens very rarely. At that time Chambord is closed to visitors.

History of the Chambord Castle

The construction of Chambord began in 1519 at the request of the French monarch Francis I, an adherent of Renaissance aesthetics and a passionate hunter. At the time, the estate of the same name was located here, in the middle of the marshlands of Solon, now dried up and rich in game. It was an old ancestral estate of the Counts of Blois, passed into the possession of the royal family in the XV century. Construction work began with the demolition of the former Count’s castle and the old church. The foundations of a new building were laid on the vacant spot, surrounded by four towers. Two years later, construction of the palace was interrupted by another phase of the Italian wars, which ended in the defeat of the French and the capture of Francis. This did not, however, dampen his fondness for the art of the cradle of the Renaissance. After his return to his homeland, he ordered the construction of the castle to continue in the Renaissance style, personally taking part in its design.

The archives have not retained the name of the chief architect of Chambord, but today it is confirmed that the Italian architect Domenico da Cortona, nicknamed Boccador, and Leonardo da Vinci, who lived in France from 1516 and was a close friend of Francis I, took part in the project.

The king used Chambord as a hunting lodge where he visited with close friends. This merry company was called by contemporaries the king’s little gang. The monarch was also attracted to these places by the fact that his lady of heart, the Countess de Turi, lived nearby. One of the walls of the Chambord Castle is decorated with the coat of arms of the royal beloved. However, Francis did not come to Chambord very often: over 30 years he spent a total of no more than 72 days here.

By 1547, the last year of Francis I’s life, construction at Chambord was still incomplete. His heir, Henry II, did not show much interest in the castle, but work was still being done there. In the following decades, the kings of France rarely visited Chambord. Only in the 30s of the XVII century, the castle revived thanks to Duke Gaston Orleansky, who received the earldom of Blois from Louis XIII. Under his rule the abandoned building was restored, additional land was acquired and a park was laid out. Then Chambord reached its current size.

By the end of the century “king-sun” Louis XIV had completed the main construction work at Chambord. The river Cosson, winding through the park, was canalized, a magnificent garden was created on an artificial terrace, and stables were built in the castle courtyard. The monarch, accompanied by his court, usually came to Chambord in autumn for hunting and entertainment. It was at Chambord in 1670 that Molière first presented his famous comedy The Philistine in the Gentry.

In 1725 the Château of Chambord sheltered the king Stanislaus Leszczynski, father-in-law of Louis XV, who had emigrated from Poland. The monarch then gave Chambord to the Marshal of France, Maurice de Saxe. He lived in the castle as a sovereign: together with his court and regular regiments, devoting his days to military maneuvers, hunting and entertainment. The marshal found time for landscaping the park and lavish decoration of the castle’s interiors.

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The French Revolution only spared the exterior of Chambord. First, the inhabitants of the neighbouring villages ravaged the grounds of the estate. Then, by order of the revolutionary government, all the château’s furnishings, wall panelling and parquet were auctioned off, often accompanied by nightly looting.

The castle remained in a state of disrepair until Napoleon Bonaparte gave it to his Marshal Louis-Alexandre Berthier. The next owner of Chambord was the young Duke of Bordeaux, Henri d’Artois. Once in exile after the Revolution of 1830, he assumed the title of Count of Chambord, taking care of his property remotely but effectively. The master commissioned his steward to carry out the restoration of Chambord and to ennoble the park. At the same time, the château was officially opened to the public. After the death of Count of Chambord in 1883, the estate was inherited by his nephews, the Princes of Bourbon-Parma. In 1930, the government bought it from the owners for 11 million francs in gold.

With the outbreak of World War II, Chambord became a sorting point for treasures brought here from the largest museums in France. For a short time there were even “guests” Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The castle escaped air raids by the Allies, but in June 1944 an American bomber crashed on its lawn, and in 1945 it caught fire. Extensive modernization of Château Chambord began in 1947 and lasted nearly 30 years. In 2016, after heavy rains, the Cosson River burst its banks, breaching the castle wall and flooding the royal court, but the structure itself and its collections were not damaged.

Architecture

The shape of Chambord bears an obvious resemblance to medieval fortified castles, although it was not intended to repel enemy attacks. However, the “military” aspect of Chambord is emphatically allegorical: both the central square structure (the donjon) with round towers in the corners and the two wings with additional towers and elaborate fences are in true Renaissance style. The documents preserving the name of the architect who sketched the main features of this remarkable structure disappeared in the 18th century. Modern scholars, however, are increasingly convinced that the designs of Francis I illuminated the architectural and engineering ideas of Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo died shortly before construction began, but it is to his inspiration that the castle owes one of its attractions, which fascinates visitors. It is a double spiral staircase with ramps twisted on top of each other. Built at the very center of the castle’s central square volume, the staircase serves all 5 floors of the castle, leading to chimneys and crowning terraces that offer stunning views of the building. A lantern tower with heraldic lilies completes the cascades of steps. The concept of the staircase construction contains a kind of intrigue: two people going down or up different spirals of stairs will never cross each other, but can see each other through the window openings. For centuries the guests of the castle had fun with such features of the amazing staircase, and today tourists indulge in similar games.

Similar to the Italian monuments of antiquity, for example, Colosseum, and the Italian buildings of the XIV century, the facades of Chambord castle are perfectly drawn and have a modular appearance. Living levels are divided visually by clearly traced frames or cornices running horizontally across the façade. And vertically the rhythm is set by flattened columns or pilasters. Due to this technique, typical for the Italian architecture, a kind of grid is formed, in the framework of which various spectacular openings are laid. Large windows contrast with the harsh mass of the walls, bringing festivity and elegance to the appearance of the castle.

In the decor of the exterior and interiors of the Château of Chambord, Italian traditions are adapted in a French way. Pilasters, medallions, candelabras, arabesque ornaments with elegant scrolls are masterly, but in a technique far from being formal. Particularly impressive is the elaborate molding on the windows in the form of angels, executed in the smallest detail. It is amazing that in 500 years the delicate molding has hardly suffered any damage.

Collections

The sixteenth century left its mark only in the architecture of Chambord. Its interiors and furnishings belong to later eras, for the castle was never furnished once and for all. Originally the manor was intended for short-term stay, stationary furnishings were absent here. The demountable furniture, as well as wall coverings, household items, accessories for table setting had to be brought from Paris. In the decoration of the interiors, contemporary specialists have been unable to find a single significant specimen of royal furniture from the period of Francis I, even in museums devoted to that period. So the chambers of the crowned initiator of the castle, located on the second floor of the royal wing, look rather ascetic. They include a bedroom, a dressing room, a hall for receptions, a study. Here a large painting depicting the monarch in full body and the coffered ceiling (with longitudinal and transverse beams) attract special attention. The vaults are decorated with sculpted bas-reliefs representing the mythical salamander and marked with the letter F, the monogram of Francis I.

In the right wing of the castle is a museum of ancient carriages. Here you can see, among others, the pompous carriages of the Count of Chambord. When he made his claim to the French throne, he ordered luxury carriages from the famous coachbuilder Binder for his gala entry into the capital, which never happened. Unclaimed royal regalia and a throne brought from the Count’s Austrian castle are on display in his chambers. There is also a collection of exact replicas of children’s war toys of the noble champion of monarchy, his sculptural images as a child.

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The entire third floor of the castle’s donjon is occupied by an exhibition devoted to hunting and local nature. It has a collection of weapons, works of animalists and tapestries with scenes of hunting games.

Many rooms carefully recreate interiors of the 18th century, when comfort was provided by low ceilings covered with picturesquely hanging fabrics, elegant parquet floors, and wood-planked walls. Vast halls were divided by wooden partitions, transforming small spaces into bedrooms, boudoirs, studies, and bathrooms. Art historians who shape interiors purchase or rent sets of furniture and decorative objects appropriate to the era from French museums, the Royal Château in Blois.

Chambord has one of the most valuable collections of tapestries in France. For half a century the state has been purchasing 17th century tapestries to display them in French castles and in the spacious Chambord these grandiose canvases look especially winning.

Entertainment at the Château of Chambord

Since 2010, the Chambord estate has been implementing a large-scale program reflecting the main directions in Renaissance culture: literary, musical, fine arts, theater and dance. The main events are held in summer. For example, in June and July there is the famous Chambord Festival. During the 12 magical evenings in the courtyard, chapel and gardens performers of chamber and symphonic music. On these days there are atmospheric musical cafés in the castle grounds.

Contemporary French artists exhibit their works in Chambord. From April to September you can see paintings by Jamel Tata, who is already world-famous.

Visitors are enthralled by the laser show “Chambord – a dream and lights”, accompanied by audio effects. The creation of the château is performed on summer nights and lasts 50 minutes with a spotlight on the castle walls. The ticket for this performance costs 13 €. It is possible to buy a combined ticket (entrance to the castle + show), for which you will have to pay 18 €.

From May to September, horse shows in the style of knights’ tournaments are organized at the stables. They are preceded by a horse walk, designed to attract as many spectators as possible. The show lasts 45 minutes. A single ticket for the show costs 12,5 €; a combined ticket including entrance to the castle costs 21 €.

The estate organizes guided tours of the park. Guests of the Château Chambord go on a trip on horseback, on foot or by bicycle. For €20, the natural attractions of the park can be viewed from an off-road vehicle. This guided tour lasts an hour and a half.

From September to October in Chambord it is offered to watch the love games of noble deer. It is possible to get to the “Riding High” for 35 €, the observation lasts for 3 hours.

Practical information

The Château of Chambord receives visitors all year round, its doors are closed only on January 1, November 30 and December 25. From 26.10 to 27.03 visiting is available from 09:00 to 17:00, from 28.03 to 25.10 the castle is open until 18:00.

Entrance fee of 14.5 €. Audio and video guides are available in Russian for 5 and 6 € respectively.

You can leave your car in the parking lot for 6 € per day.

In Chambord, on the river Cosson, there is a boat station. To admire the views of the castle from the river, you will need to pay from 12 to 30 € per hour, depending on the class of the boat.

On the territory of the castle are souvenir stores, where the memory of the Chambord you can buy beautifully illustrated literature, discs in DVD and CD format. Besides there are stylized subjects of an interior and serving, jewelry, textiles, perfumery, crafts from leather, a tree, antlers and even imposing barrels from the French oak.

Delicious cheeses and pates, homemade wine are sold at the farmers’ market, which operates next to the castle. You can enjoy a hearty meal in the restaurants, pizzerias and pancake houses of Chambord.

The Relais de Chambord, a four-star hotel with a garden, is a 4-minute walk from the château. You can stay here from €144 per night. You can also stay in cottages belonging to the chateau.

How to get there

From Paris to Chambord is convenient to get by train TGV, it will take you from the platform of the railway station Austerlitz to Blois. The price of the ticket in the first class carriage – from 35 €, second class – from 23 €. Another, not as convenient and more expensive option: at the train station Montparnasse buy a train ticket to Saint-Pierre-de-Coeur station (near Tours), and change there to a local train TER, going to Blois.

There are cabs from the train station in Blois to Chambord. The trip will cost 35 €. For €6 you can get to the castle by a special bus that runs on a circular route from Blois to Chambord to Chaverney to Blois (you don’t need a return ticket, you have to show the driver the ticket you already bought). This transport is available only from April to early September. The bus runs on a schedule coordinated with the arrival time of trains from Paris. For example, if the train arrives at 08:59, the bus leaves at 09:10. The trip to Chambord takes about 40 minutes.

All year round from the railway station in Blois to the Chambord Castle can be reached by bus number 2. One way ticket costs 2,5 €.

The Château of Chambord

Many girls in my childhood (admit it!) had a dream – to become a princess and live in a castle, and I confess that I am no exception – Disney cartoons and stories about the knight on a white horse has definitely left its mark on my worldview. Alas, as I grew up, I realized that reality is far from a fairy tale, but I must say that there was a time in my life when it seemed that miracles existed. I’m talking about the day I visited the magical Château of Chambord, which is located in the famous Loire Valley, rich in exquisite architectural works of art.

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Important information

I will start by saying that at the entrance to the castle there is an information center where you can get a brochure or audio guide (it costs 5 EUR) in Russian. Nearby you will see the ticket office where you can buy tickets. A simple visit to the castle costs 11 EUR, if you want to combine it with an evening show or equestrian show (about them also later).

Chambord is open to tourists all year round. The exceptions are a few public holidays: December 25, January 1 and 31. During the period from March 26 to November 2, the castle “works” from 9:00 to 18:00, at other times – from 9:00 to 17:00. It is important to know that the ticket office is open until 17:30 and 16:30 respectively.

If you want to buy any souvenirs for memory – on the territory of the palace and park complex there are several stores where you can buy different things to remember – from the standard magnets and postcards to the unusual local delicacies. There are many cozy and inexpensive cafes in neighboring towns.

How to get there

Château de Chambord (also known as Chambord Chateau in French) is located 180 km from Paris, and thus is perfect for a day trip from the French capital. You can get to the castle in two ways: by car and by public transport.

By car

Car, of course, gives more freedom of movement: you do not depend on the schedule of trains and buses and are free to choose departure time and your specific route. We, for example, decided to try to embrace the immensity and quite successfully cope with it, visiting two castles in one day. I think that if you want and plenty of time, you can even try to see three or even four.

So, if you have rented a car or, even cooler, came to France by your own car, leave Paris on the A10 and after about an hour and a half, start looking for the exit to the small town of Mer. Once you’ve driven through it and crossed the Loire River, after which the valley is named, you’ll see wide forests – this is the Chambord territory. Follow the signs and in a couple of minutes you’ll reach the parking lot which is only 4 EUR per day for cars and 7 EUR for campers.

Public transport

  • The fastest and cheapest way is FlixBus, which takes you right to the castle in less than three hours. The buses leave at 7 am from Porte Maillot metro station, close to the Bois de Boulogne and not far from the Arc de Triomphe. The return bus leaves at 6:50 pm and arrives in Paris at 9:35 pm. Don’t be late – this is the first and last flight. Tickets cost about 10-15 EUR one way. The only disadvantage of this option is the schedule, as the flights are only twice a week: Saturdays and Sundays. I recommend to buy tickets in advance because the French (and especially tourists) like to get out of the city at the weekend and all seats might be sold out. In addition, as a rule, the earlier you get tickets, the better the price.
  • The method described above is relatively new, so before the tourists had to go much more inconvenient route, which, on top of everything else, and cost much more expensive. If you want to go to Chambord on weekdays – alas, you have only this way. So, first of all, go to Gare d’Austerlitz and take a train to Blois. By the way, there’s a very beautiful castle there too, which is worth seeing. Probably you won’t take direct trains and will have to change in Orléans. Don’t worry – the connection between the trains is only 10-15 minutes, so you won’t lose too much time. Once you get to Blois (in about two hours) you have to choose how to get to the chateau: by cab or by bus. They say you can also rent a bicycle, but I confess I haven’t seen any such company there, but I don’t deny that they may be there. If you’re traveling in a group, don’t hesitate to take a cab – you’ll save a lot of time and effort. A one-way trip will cost you about 20-30 EUR. You can ask the driver for his business card or phone number so that you can go back with him too.
  • As for the buses, I must say, it’s not very convenient, but extremely cheap way. From May 14 to September 2, a tourist bus runs between Blois and the castle. Travel time is about 40 minutes, ticket costs 6 EUR and gives 1.5 EUR discount for entrance to Chambord and some other castles (Blois, Cheverny). You can see the schedule at this link under Chateaux de la Loire. In non-tourist times, according to the local authorities, you can get to Chambord by regular bus, which goes on a route number 2 (Ligne 2). The ticket costs 2 EUR.

History

There are many legends about how Chambord was created, which makes it even more mysterious. It is known that the construction of the castle began in 1519, and it is said that Leonardo da Vinci himself, who served at the time at the court of King Francis I, took part in its design. The famous artist died shortly before work began, but left behind diagrams of a double spiral staircase, which still amazes many tourists. About it, however, you will read a little later. In one book I read that about 2000 workers were involved in the creation of this amazing architectural ensemble, and to build the castle itself took more than 220,000 tons of stone! For the stone blocks, by the way, were responsible specially trained people, who were paid for each individual block carved. Therefore, look closely – on each stone of the Chambord Castle the name of the master is carved – so to speak, a signature or a mark. Construction continued up to 1547 and in total took about 30 years. The makers of the castle wanted its magnificence to eclipse almost all European palaces, and, as it seems to me, they quite achieved their goal. Before the advent of Versailles, Chambord was rightly considered the most luxurious castle of its time.

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After the death of the initiator of the castle Francis I, Chambord, the former hunting residence of the French king, over five centuries, managed to change dozens of owners. For a while it even housed the experimental chemical laboratory of Saint-Germain, and hid the Polish King Leszczynski. Toward the middle of the 20th century the French government managed to buy the castle back from its last owner, after which it was recognized as a national heritage of France, and even entered on the list of UNESCO.

Chambord today: exterior and interior

To understand the grandeur and splendor of Chambord you have to see it in person – neither the best epithets nor the best photographs can convey what opens before your eyes when you enter the palace. Once inside, you feel as if you are in a small separate town with its own streets and squares.

However, I will give you a few figures, so that you can at least have a little idea how luxurious the French rulers used to live. So, imagine: the castle has 426 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 77 staircases. It should be noted that a lot of attention is paid to the staircases here, especially the one designed by Da Vinci. Its peculiarity is that it essentially consists of two staircases – they both turn in the same direction, but they never intersect, so that those who go down can in no way collide with those who go up. Besides this amazing feature, the spiral staircase is decorated with carved ornaments, molded figures of mysterious nymphs, chimeras and fauns and is a unique architectural value in itself. This staircase takes you up to a large terrace overlooking the palace’s surroundings: the woodland park, the largest in Europe, where the French kings used to hunt, the newly built hotels nearby, the riverbank where you can rent a boat, and the river itself, which is called the Cosson. Initially Francis I wanted to change the course of the Loire, turning its course so that it flowed directly in front of the castle, and he, thus, would be reflected in its waters. In the end, circumstances meant that the original idea had to be abandoned and the riverbed of the Cosson was brought to Chambord. The terrace itself is decorated with a variety of chimney stacks, figures of fairy-tale creatures, wonderfully decorated shells and rhombuses. During the excursion I was told that once a Venetian ambassador arrived at the castle and, having climbed the terrace of Chambord, he, amazed by the beauty and grandeur of the palace, confessed that for a moment he felt as if he were in a fairy tale. I think that feeling occurs to most people who come to Chambord.

Now let me tell you briefly about the appearance of the castle: Chambord consists of a five-story donjon (in other words, it is the main tower in feudal castles) and two annexes to it – the east and west wings. The layout of the castle is very clever and confusing, but all the corridors intersect in the center of the floor near the above staircase. According to legend, the amorous King Francis himself insisted on such a chaotic scheme of the palace, so that his many minions could not run into each other while strolling through endless long corridors.

Note the third floor – the vaults of the halls there are decorated with amazingly beautiful carvings, on which you can see the first letter of Francis’ name – “F”, as well as his symbol – the mythical animal salamander, which, according to legend, can live in the fire.

Things to do in and around the castle

If you’ve “been” around the castle, sighing about how nice it must be to have such a summer residence and even climbed the terrace, it’s time to check out the other leisure options available in Chambord.

A boat ride on the canal in front of the castle

As I’ve written before, in the forest park around the castle, there’s a canal with a boat rental station next to it. They are quite unusual here, not paddle boats, but electric motors, so theoretically even the most fragile girls can safely handle them. I must say that the boats do not move fast at all, so do not count on a ride with a breeze – instead you get a quiet and relaxed ride on the canal. Half an hour of such pleasure costs 14 EUR. For these 30 minutes you will get a great aesthetic pleasure and feel such peace, that you probably will be tempted to prolong this pleasure at least a little longer…

Evening show “Chambord – a dream and lights

If the boat ride is rather a pleasant addition to the usual visit to the castle, then another option of spending time can safely act as a separate attraction. This is proved by the not insignificant number of cars that fill the parking lot closer to evening. These people come especially for the evening light and music performance. In my humble opinion, not to get to him, already being in the castle – well, just a real crime. The only hitch is that the show is on only from the beginning of July to the middle of September (in July at 23.00, in August after 22.30, in September after 21.30). It lasts just under an hour, but be prepared that you may have to stay an extra 20-30 minutes, as the start of the show is sometimes a bit delayed due to the light French nights. Tonight’s performance is called “Chambord – A Dream and Lights. It “combines sound and light,” as the guidebook said. The first such show was held in 1952 and met with full approval among the public, so the creators decided to move on and for half a century managed to show a whole series of amazing productions, such as “The Battle of Day and Night”, “Metamorphosis” and much more.

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The price for a visit is 13 EUR but if you buy a combined ticket: entrance to the castle + performance, you can save a little money because it costs 18 EUR. However, for those who like cool stuff, there is another option. While respectable spectators sit on special benches, which are located on the opposite side of the canal from Chambord, those cunning tourists, who did not want to buy tickets, sit at the side of the castle. No one chases them away (but that’s not certain), but the view from there is certainly not quite the same. However, if your budget is very limited, and you want to look at such magic – it is quite a working option.

It is simply impossible to describe what you feel while watching this show, but try to imagine such a picture: a warm summer night, the cleanest air, one of the most beautiful castles and amazing pictures on it. The play shows the story of the creation of Chambord, with a parallel story in French. Alas, I do not speak the language, so I strongly advise you to read in advance about how this architectural masterpiece was built, so you do not feel out of place there. Personally, I very much remember when the castle showed what was once the place of Chambord – forests, fields, and grazing there deer. However, you can still find them and other wildlife there today. For example, on our way back a well-fed wild boar ran across the road. In conclusion I should say that this show left me one of the brightest and warmest memories from that trip, so I can highly recommend it to those who is not yet tempted by my story!

Horse show

In addition, from May to September, there is a horse show (Spectacle équestre) called “In the Forest of History” at the Marshal of Saxony’s stables. Tickets are sold there, not at the main ticket office of the castle, and cost 9.5 EUR and 7 EUR for adults and children respectively. In May, June and September, the play runs on all days except Mondays and starts at 11:45 on weekdays and at 11:45 and 16:30 on weekends. During the high season, July and August, the show runs every day at both 11:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

This show lasts just over forty minutes and includes lots of things to do. Horses perform various tricks, and performers tell funny stories and demonstrate acrobatic skills while on horseback. It looks incredibly cool and even somewhat scary. By the way, at any other time you can also get into the stables and look at the different carriages, or even take a ride in one of them around the castle grounds. The fee for such a ride, if I’m not mistaken, is about 11 EUR, and a combined ticket “visit the castle + carriage ride” will cost you 20 EUR.

Exhibition of paintings

Still not tired and ready for something else? Then here is another option – from April 1 and till the end of September in Chambord there are exhibitions of famous in certain circles artist Jamel Tata. I think the exhibit will be of interest to those who love contemporary art (alas, I’m not one of those people). It should be noted that paintings by this painter hang in galleries around the world, and admission to the exhibition is included in the ticket price to the castle – so if there is time, it is worth a peek

Reindeer Games

You’ve probably noticed that all of the above options are relevant only during the warm season, the tourist season. And after all, there are some people for whom the end of summer is just the time to start traveling. For them, there is a wonderful opportunity to walk through the reserve with a guide and look at the animal show, which is called “Midsummer’s Rampage”.

During this unique spectacle, you can watch how the deer inhabiting the forests near the castle, arranging, so to speak, love games and fighting with horns with rivals for the establishment of primacy. Such an unusual tour lasts about 3 hours and costs 35 EUR.

Stroll around the castle

Every Wednesday and Saturday, there are excursions in the park, where you together with a guide will drive in an off-road car through the main natural sights, even the most inaccessible. It costs 18 EUR for adults and 12 EUR for children from 6 to 17 years old.

And a lot more.

Often various temporary exhibitions are organized in the castle or new excursions are created – in order to keep up with all the innovations, follow the current information on the official website of Chamboray

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