Chambord Castle is one of the most beautiful and impressive in the Loire Valley, in France. Today we want to explain why this is the case and, of course, offer you all the useful information you need to visit it. Do you stay with us?
Why visit the castle of Chambord
Before knowing the information about the location, schedules and prices of the castle it is important to know why precisely this, and not another of those on the Loire route, is special. As well, We tell you a little about its history and its architecture.Chambord Castle - Leonid Andronov
This castle dates from the 16th century and it was built on the same land that occupied the castle of the Counts of Blois. Although the works were paralyzed due to the defeats of Francisco I of Pavia in front of Carlos, king of Spain and Germany at that time, only a few years it was rebuilt.
This castle was started by its famous tribute tower. It is a Latin cross floor tower with a curious double helix staircase. This was, in principle, the only building that was intended to be built. But later it is decided to make an entire castle and begin to raise wings to its sides with its characteristic towers.
When Francisco I died the castle was left in the hands of other French kings who did not give much importance. But nevertheless, In the seventeenth century, Louis XIII gave it to his brother Gastón, who decided to restore it.
How is the castleHelical staircase - andre quinou / Shutterstock.com
Chambord Castle style is a mix between medieval and Italian Renaissance architecture. Obviously, the part that takes the first looks are its ornate facades and built with impressive geometric shapes. Once inside, part of the attention goes to the inner tower and its staircase.
The tribute tower has a cantilever balcony and four turrets that make a corner, evoking without doubt the design of the medieval fortresses of the time. It is said that Leonardo da Vinci himself participated in the first design of this castle and that, in fact, he would be the creator of the tower's double helix staircase.
"Beauty perishes in life, but it is immortal in art."
-Leonardo da Vinci-
But Chambord Castle is impressive from any point of view. It has 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces, four hallways of meters long, 84 stairs and 52.5 square kilometers of leafy forest and trees. Beautiful inside and out ...
Chambord Castle location, times and prices
Surely after reading all this about the castle of Chambord in your head the idea of getting to know it is around. As well, Here you have everything you need to know to visit it:
LocationChambord Castle - Petr Kovalenkov
Chambord Castle is located in the famous Loire Valley, where there are more than 100 castles, which more beautiful, which can be visited. Like them, it is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site.
It is located about two hours from Paris by car, between Loiret and the forests of the valley, opening the 'door' of the Loire Valley.
The most advisable is to go by car, but also You can approach by bus from Paris. There are companies that pick you up in the center of the French capital and take you on an excursion to this beautiful castle. You can also see someone else, such as Chenonceau or Cherverny.
Chambord Castle is open every day of the year, except on January 1, February 3 and December 25. Its schedule from January to March and from October to December is from 9 to 17 hours. From April to September it is from 9 to 18 hours.
You can take pets, as long as these are on a leash and if applicable according to race, with muzzle.
PricesInterior of the castle - Yuri Turkov / Shutterstock.com
Chambord Castle prices are 11 euros for adults and 6 euros for children under 12 years. Children under 4 enter free. At this price you must add the parking if you go by car, since this is private and has a price of about 6 euros per day, approximately.
We hope that all this information will help you organize that visit to the beautiful and majestic castle of Chambord, a jewel of architecture. And of course, We recommend you follow the route on the Loire to discover other wonderful castles.