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Chateau de Chantilly

Chateau de Chantilly, 60500 Chantilly, France
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Chantilly
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Art Museums
Owner description: Le Domaine de Chantilly s'etend sur 7 800 hectares au sein de l'une des plus grandes forets des environs de Paris. Il est compose du chateau et de son... more » Owner description: Le Domaine de Chantilly s'etend sur 7 800 hectares au sein de l'une des plus grandes forets des environs de Paris. Il est compose du chateau et de son musee Conde, du parc et de ses jardins, des grandes ecuries et de leur musee du cheval. Constitue depuis le Moyen-Age par les differents proprietaires (Anne de Montmorency, les Bourbon-Conde dont le Grand Conde, cousin de Louis XIV, Henri d'Orleans, duc d'Aumale), cet ensemble represente donc un patrimoine aux facettes multiples et le plus grand exemple en France d'un domaine princier. Le chateau abrite le Musee Conde, lequel est constitue des appartements princiers, d'une collection exceptionnelle de peintures - plus de 800 chefs d'oeuvres d'artistes tels que Botticelli, Raphael, Poussin, Delacroix - qui en fait le premier musee de peintures anciennes (avant 1850) en France apres le musee du Louvre et d'une bibliotheque et d'archives qui conservent plus de 13 000 ouvrages dont le manuscrit le plus precieux au monde : "Les Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry". Le parc offre quant a lui un panorama grandiose de l'art du jardin occidental : jardin a la francaise dessine par Le Notre au XVIIe siecle, le Hameau qui inspira Marie-Antoinette, le jardin anglo-chinois du XVIIIe siecle, et le jardin anglais du XIXe siecle. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Chateau de Chantilly is a beautiful castle located in the city of Chantilly a 25 minute train ride north of Paris. The chateau itself is a huge building housing fabulous artwork and an interesting history! The royals of France came here for marvelous dinners and parties. The castle is left the way it was whenever the duke died, and... More

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I loved going there when I was little and I still love to go today. While you can use public transportation to get there, a car is better. Start with the gardens, the stables while most of the tourists visit the castle. Mid afternoon is less crowded. The castle is a wonder of luxury and extravagance. I wonder how it... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I have mixed feelings about my trip to the castle. Positive: -The guided tour of the private apartments (3 euros). FYI, English tour only offered at 3pm, French tours offered hourly all day. -Learning what a monkey room was. -Walking through the peaceful gardens/grounds. -Lunch outside in the hamlet (food seems to be served all afternoon, unlike the restaurant at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I have spent 3 days in the Picardy and Champagne region. The chateau was one of the highlights of the trip. One shall allocate it a hole day, but at least 6-7 hours, as far as the grounds are large, you have a museum in the chateau and you should plan a 3-4 hours stroll in the gardens. Advise: the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you have limited time, have been to Versailles and still want to see something outside of Paris, Chateau de Chantilly is great option. Beautiful buildings, including interesting stables structures and a first-rate museum (Musee Conde). The complex is a 45-minute train ride from Paris, with frequent correspondence all day. Week days are best to avoid crowds. The French enjoy... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Impressive chateau in beautiful grounds. But much of the building is 19th century. Excellent gallery of old master paintings in the Musée Conde. Go early as it gets crowded and parking can be a 10 minute walk.

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kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visited at the weekend. Stunning place and gardens . Excellant value for money. Chateau so elaborate inside and wonderful grounds to wander around. The stables and museum is a must for all those who love racing, though its great to visit even if you dont. See the horses and watch a display of dressage in opulant surroundings. Lovely, lovely place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Having visited many chateaux on our French trip we settled for looking at the stables only as featured in 'A view to a Kill' Roger Moore /James Bond. The horses have more magnificent accommodation than 99.9% of the French population. An interesting couple of hours providing you like horses.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

One of the most historically significant properties in France in view of the many great personages who lived here over many centuries. It also features an astonishing collection of artworks. Generally not too crowded. The grounds and the parc are just fabulous for a picnic or walks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were enchanted by Chantilly. It is a short train ride from central Paris and well worth it. The chateau is amazing with stunning gardens and an amazing collection of art outdone only by the Louvre. If you are a horse lover this chateau is an absolute must as it has an immense stable as old as the chateau. Also... More

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