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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
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Chateau under wraps for restoration, still worth a visit

Built at a crossing point on the Indre River, the Chateau of D'Azay-le-Rideau was built by the financier Gilles Berthelot from 1518- 1529. The reflection of the chateau in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Centreville, Virginia
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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Built at a crossing point on the Indre River, the Chateau of D'Azay-le-Rideau was built by the financier Gilles Berthelot from 1518- 1529. The reflection of the chateau in the pooled waters is said to be magnificent, but during our visit the chateau was covered in scaffolding and undergoing extensive exterior renovation so the views were less than impressive. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we were there the Chateau was under wraps as it was been renovated on the outside so we never observed the full splendor. The grounds and lake are beautiful as is the interior. It is definitely a worthwhile and relaxing place to visit if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

If a glimpse of a romantic period in French history is calling out to you, consider a visit to Chateau Azay-le-Rideau. Set in a serene environment on river Indre, the chateau with its grandeur will remind you that beauty and luxury are intoxicating. Don't miss the gardens, they are beyond beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

It's beautiful but it's under maintenance so the facade it's covered, inside it's beautiful and the surrounding area it's also nice.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Small, almost floating on water, but located in a village unlike many other Loire castles. Easy to access. Quick to visit. To walk around its lake and see the castle from all sides.

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Mugla, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This beautiful chateau is one of the delights of the Valle de Loire and is featured in numerous magazines and brochures. A credit to the French government who lovingly cherish these beautiful historical houses

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

It is not the best castle visit in the Loire, but just the outside view it is worth a visit! Inside it is not 100% preserved for Loire standards, but you have a some bedrooms, a dinning hall, library, kitchen and the castle itself is just marvelous from the outside.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

There are so many Chateau's in the Loire, it's hard to see them all, we chose to see this one as it was close to us, the little town of Azay Le Rideau is lovely & a pleasant surprise it has quaint shops & a great patisserie. The Chateau is beautiful & in good condition, the tapestries, furniture & China... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

We were delighted with our visit to Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, with the caveat that it was undergoing restoration. If you travel in Europe you cannot help but stumble upon historic sites undergoing restoration. That diminished views of an otherwise perfect chateau. The comment is a recognition that these things happen, not a criticism of any sort. Oh well, there will be... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

it is pretty from the outside but dark and gloomy on the inside. Unfortunately it was under construction and so the outside views were ruined. There are many better chateaus. We were here for an hour

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