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Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

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Address: Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
Phone Number: +33 2 47 45 42 04
Description: Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of...
Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built during the reign of François I by a rich financier, Gilles Berthelot, who wanted his fabulous new home to combine the latest technical innovations from Italy and the art of French architecture. The Château is a jewel of the early Renaissance and in the evenings during July and August, its romantic gardens come alive as the setting of the special night tour: "The Magic Mirror". New! The castle opens the doors to its roof. Come admire the exceptional 16th century roofwork. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 1st April to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st July to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.> 1st to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 15 minutes before closing time. Last entry in the château 45 min before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Never mind the scaffolding - a magical chateau

This ethereal wonder seems to float in the water, and is surrounded on all sides by magnificent gardens. Not the formal geometric type, but more natural in style. As has been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The outside of this castle would be beautiful if it wasn't under renovation. However now it is completely obstructed and will continue to be like this for about 1.5-2 years. The interior is quite poor compared to other chateau and parking isn't very convenient.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This ethereal wonder seems to float in the water, and is surrounded on all sides by magnificent gardens. Not the formal geometric type, but more natural in style. As has been noted, the maintenance scaffolding detracts from the visual impact but don't scratch this marvel off your list. The interior tour is very well organised with explanations in English &... More 

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Aguascalientes, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is not the most spectacular castle in the region but this is definitely my favorite. It doesn't attract so many tourists and yet is in a glorious setting, surrounded by water, which is surrounded by a forest with many beautiful small and colorful towns.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We visited this in a delightfully crisp morning and although we were in awe at the amazing setting with the Château suspended in water the scaffolding encompassing almost the entire facade did spoil the grandeur. The renovations are set to go on for the next 2.5 years and while it is essential work it will spoil the visit for some... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Yes there are grander Chateaus but this one has a lot to offer for a little time and easy budget (Euro 6.50/pp). The surroundings are beautiful and the rooms give you more of a real sense of the true workings of a chateau of this size. Parking was convenient in a nearby lot, and easy in/out. Since we were running... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A beautiful place special in the end of the day. Inside it is a little bit empty. Small if we compare with the others.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Château d’Azay-le-Rideau is one of the most popular castles of the Loire valley, mostly for its look, seemingly floating on its body of water. The castle is also a private property, built by an uprising, wealthy financial advisor to the Court. Once inside, the visit of the castle is interesting, as the property remains well appointed in furniture and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a beautiful chateau built in 1527. Many rooms are devoid of items, but the ones that do have furniture are nice. I thought the tour was rather short, and give the fact there was not much to see here, I likely would not make a return visit. The outside is fantastic, but the inside needs to be upgraded... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau is located in the Loire Valley near the center of the town of Azay-le-Rideau, France. This town is about 16 miles southwest of Tours, France on Highway D571 (about half way between Tours and the medieval town if Chinon). This Chateau was actually built on the remains of an old medieval fortress that was built to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Lovely drive around the region and the town. Chateau much smaller and not as impressive as others in the area. Relaxing to wander around the property.

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