Travel to France: Chateau of Chambord in the Valley of the Loire

With 440 rooms, this castle cannot be explored in only one day.
With 440 rooms, this castle cannot be explored in only one day.

Biggest of the Loire castles

The Chateau of Chambord in the Valley of the Loire, France, is the biggest of all the Loire castles and Renaissance buildings. It has 440 rooms, some 13 staircases, 365 fireplaces and is more than 400 years old. French kings used the chateau as a retreat, in particular Louis XIV.

Most tourists visit more than one castle in the Loire valley, but if you have the time to visit only one castle, it should be Chambord as this castle is France at its best. You will not be able to explore this castle in only one day as it is much too large.

One has a splendid view of the grounds from the many terraces.
One has a splendid view of the grounds from the many terraces. | Source
The spiral staircase is one of the many highlights of this castle.
The spiral staircase is one of the many highlights of this castle. | Source

Splendid Views around the Castle

If you have seen the American film “Ever After”, you might remember that this is the same castle that they used in that movie.

While wandering around the huge grounds, you will be in awe of the magnitude of its structure. The castle is situated in a park surrounded by a wall of 22 miles in circumference.

The spiral staircase in the castle will take your breath away and is one of its many highlights. It is a stunning double helix staircase which winds around within itself but never meets. The top of the stairs leads you to its large terraces where one has a splendid view of the grounds and nearby surroundings. The castle itself is empty with no furniture but it is still interesting to explore its various rooms.

Many tourists enjoy a relaxing picnic in the park. Do not forget to also enjoy one the infamous wines of the region. Others prefer to take a guided tour to get to know the history of the caste. I preferred to just wander around the grounds on my own and to meet my tour group later.

One can take a relaxing walk through the park while admiring the structure of the castle.
One can take a relaxing walk through the park while admiring the structure of the castle. | Source

How to get to Chambord from Paris

You can easily reach Chambord by train from Paris and just spend the day or sleep over in the Loire Valley to do more exploring. Take a train from Paris to Blois or Mer and then use the bus shuttle service to Chambord. Or take the TGV from Paris to Tours where you can then also take a bus to Chambord. Many guided tours operate from Tours or Blois providing various options to explore different castles in the Loire Valley. It is also easy to drive to the castles on the A10 from Paris which will provide you with more flexibility to visit the castles.

I went on a guided one day tour by bus from Paris and also visited several other castles. Chambord is my definite favorite.

Satellite view of Chambord castle

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Tricia1000 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for your comments Johan. Will be going to France again in June. Love travelling myself.


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Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

Love travelling and France is one of my favourites. Love just walking in Paris or exploring the country side.Good article,will read more.


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France Travel Inf 4 years ago

Nicely written!

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