The 20 most beautiful castles in France
The castle is located in the commune of Versailles in the department of Yvelines, southwest of Paris. It was formerly the residence of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. This magnificent palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for 30 years. Today it houses the Museum of French History.
During your visit you can admire magnificent collections that reflect the greatest events in French history. The gardens and park of the castle extend over 815 hectares and are sure to entice visitors with plenty of marble, a colorful flower orangery, a royal village, a large and small canal. This castle is a real treasure.
2-Castel Castelno, in Dordogne
Castelnaud Castle is located in the commune of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, in the Dordogne department. It is a magnificent medieval fortress overlooking La Roque-Gajac, Beynac and Marcheyssac, offering visitors a spectacular view of the Dordogne valley.
This fort, listed as a historic monument, is entirely dedicated to the great age of the Middle Ages. The fortress houses a large number of weapons and armor. Combat models, furniture, military equipment, as well as numerous restorations of the fort make it a true war museum. The castle receives over 200,000 visitors a year.
3-Castle of Chambord
The Château of Chambord is located in the commune of Chambord, in the department of Loire-et-Cher. It is very prestigious, one of the most popular castles of the Loire. It consists of an orchard and a hunting park and is classified as a historical monument.
The castle has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Its area is 800 hectares, it is also a wildlife sanctuary with numerous animals. This building plunges visitors into the heart of the Renaissance with all the art of François Er.
4-Castle of Chenonceau
The castle is located in the commune of Chenonceau in the Department of Endre and Loire, in the Central Region. The Château of Chenonceau is an important part of the Loire chateaux. Chenonceau is classified as a historical monument. During a visit, visitors will discover paintings, tapestries and unique works of art that will allow them to better understand important events in the history of this castle.
The Gallery Dômes recreates the history of all the “ladies” of Chenonceau, such as Catherine de Medicis. Beloved, ruled, managed by all these women, Chenonceau remains an exceptional place, the most visited in France after Versailles.
5-Castle of Villandry
Villandry is a few kilometers from Tours. It is also an integral part of the best architecture of the Loire. It owes its fame in Renaissance architecture to its gardens divided into three terraces.
The elegance of the structure, combined with the remarkable gardens, makes this château a World Heritage Site. The gardens give it an indescribable splendor, combining beauty, harmony, variety and aesthetics.
6-Castle of Cheverny
The Château of Cheverny, located in the town of Cheverny in the Loire et Cher department, was built in classical style and is listed as a historic heritage site in France. It has belonged to the same family for more than six centuries. The castle has also inspired great artists such as Hergé. You will discover very beautiful exhibitions, such as Tintin.
Thus, visitors are immersed in a fantasy world, authentic thanks to the richness of the decoration and furniture. You will have the opportunity to stroll through the English-style park with gardens of about 100 hectares. Rare scents and colors are blended together to create a beautiful park.
7-Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte
Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte is located in the town of Mensy in the Seine et Marne department. The castle of so-called classical architecture is an important private property of historical monuments. This 17th century masterpiece was created by a team of three talented artists: Nicolas Fouquet (architect), Louis le Vau (decorator) and André le Notre (landscape designer).
Vaux-le-Vicomte is one of those rare castles that can be visited in its entirety. The French gardens created by André le Nôtre remain a perfect work of art. Many activities are offered to the general public throughout the year.
8-Castle of Fontainebleau
The Renaissance Château de Fontainebleau is located in the commune of Fontainebleau in the Seine et Marne department. It is an imposing castle-museum that traces the entire history of French art and architecture.
The castle includes one French garden and two English gardens. With its great decorative wealth, Fontainebleau remains a valuable museum and bears the imprints of famous artists.
9-Medieval Upper Konigsberg Castle
Haut Königsbourg Castle is a medieval fortress located in the region of Alsace in the town of Orschwiller in the department of Lower Rhine. It is the most famous and most visited fort in the Alsace department. From the top of its rocky outcrop it dominates the entire Alsace valley and towers over the Celeste like a mighty colossus.
Furnishings, weapons collections and many other reconstructions will take you on a journey through the Middle Ages to discover an exceptional place in your heart. Upper Konigsberg Castle is a place not to be missed.
10-Cathedral Castle Peyrepertus
Peyrepertus Castle is a Qatari fort located in Douillac-sous-Peyrepertus in the department of Od. It is called “Heavenly Carcassonne” because it is as big as Carcassonne.
From the top of the rocky outcrop you have a spectacular view of the neighboring Qatari castle: Queribus. It is the epitome of one of the most beautiful fortresses of the Cathars. The fort is a remarkable example of medieval military architecture of the Languedoc region.
11 Ousset Castle
The Château d’Ousset is part of the Châteaux of the Loire, it is located in the town of Rigny-Ousset in the Department of Endre-et-Loire in the Central Region. It was designated a historic monument in 1931. It is a private area open to the public. All the works of art and collections that the visitor will find belonged to the subsequent owners of the castle.
This estate certainly inspired Charles Perrault, as it is called the castle of “Sleeping Beauty.” This impressive building houses rich furniture as well as lavish collections and tapestries. The garden, designed by André Lenôtre, invites visitors to stroll in an entirely bucolic setting.
12 Amboise Castle
The Château of Amboise is another of the Loire castles. It is located in the town of Amboise in Endre-et-Loire. The castle overlooks the Loire valley and therefore offers visitors an exceptional panorama. This emblematic structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci stayed in this majestic medieval fortress.
A place with a rich history that will not leave visitors indifferent with its Gothic and Renaissance furniture and its many prestigious and unique collections. Be sure to visit such an interesting themed place.
13-Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany is an estate located in the city of Nantes, which houses a museum entirely dedicated to the history of the city of Nantes. This castle is similarly classified as a historical monument.
You will be immersed in a completely magical universe in the heart of the city in a Gothic-Renaissance style that brings to life the history of Nantes and Brittany. The courtyard, the rooms, the ramparts and the moat garden will make your visit an unforgettable moment.
14-Castle of Valencay
The Château de Valencay is located in the town of Valencay in the department of Endre. Its construction is similar to that of Chambord Castle. The manor house, as well as its French gardens and English park are classified as a historical heritage of the country.
Combining Renaissance and classical style, Valencay embodies elegance in its precious collections, paintings, works of art and stately furniture. A unique place that will amaze visitors.
15-Castle of Chantilly
Chantilly Castle is located in the commune of Chantilly in the department of Oise. The estate is home to the Conde Museum, the Horse Museum, and the French gardens designed by André Lenotre and the English garden.
Explore the collection of antique paintings, more than 800 masterpieces and many other art collections. Then learn about the importance of the horse through the ages. Take a stroll through the park and visit the Manor House, a high place with a rich French history.
16-King’s Logis de Loche.
The Royal Logis de Loche is located in the town of Loche in the Endre-et-Loire department. The combination of a fortress, a royal residence and a medieval garden makes it one of the most beautiful fortified towns in France.
Famous women such as Joan of Arc, Anne de Brittany, Agnès Sorel made it a unique, famous and symbolic monument. The royal residence of Loche was and remains an invaluable witness to the Middle Ages.
17-Castle of Blois
The Château de Blois is located in the heart of Blois in the Loire-et-Cher department, and is another Loire castle. The area is home to a museum with over 30,000 works of art. With its great architectural richness, Blois is a witness to a place with an unforgettable history.
18-Castle of Saumur
The castle is located in the town of Saumur, in the department of Maine-et-Loire. Saumur has been on the list of historic monuments and World Heritage sites since 2000. With a view of the ancient city, it remains a symbolic myth.
19-Castle of Bonagil
The Château de Bonaguil is located in the municipality of Saint-Frons-sur-Lemance in the Lotte-et-Garonne department. It overlooks a valley and a medieval village. A giant monument of legendary preservation, Bonagil invites visitors young and old to events throughout the year. A little gem of medieval architecture, it remains one of the most beautiful forts in France.
20-Castle of Langhe
The castle is located in the commune of Lange in the Endre-et-Loire department, overlooking the Loire valley. It consists of two parts: the tower of Fulc Nerre and the castle of Louis XI. The Château de Langhe is the oldest castle in France and an exquisite residence between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Its exceptional collection of tapestries and furniture will enchant all visitors. Its beautiful woodland park invites you to stroll in the shade of the trees, enjoying a wonderful place.