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“Better choices if Loire visit is limited to one or two chateaux.”
Review of Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d'Amboise
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Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Amboise
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With the dawning of the Renaissance, the mighty medieval fortress of Amboise gave way to a royal residence, during the reigns of the Kings of France Charles VIII and François I. The Court, a large number of men and women of letters and European artists, stayed here on invitation from the sovereigns, one example being Leonardo da Vinci who lies here in peace in the Château’s Chapel.This place of high renown in the History of France boasts an exceptional collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture illustrating the artistic finery of the first French Renaissance. After a visit of the Royal House and the impressive Cavalry Towers, the walk continues in the magnificent panoramic gardens overlooking the Loire river.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

1) Pricing is a bit steep at 10.5Euro and the cheesy audio guide with "Pierre and Ann" is pathetic and not worth the additional charge 3.5Euro charge.. The printed pamphlet in many languages is adequate. Limited presentation of the few open rooms. The beauty of Ch. d'Amboise is mostly exterior. If cost is a primary concern,the Clos de Luc (Da Vinci Museum) offers a far better value (though even more expensive!) Amboise has the gauntlet of cheap tourist stores that is more common in Turkey than France(or tacky western US towns like Rapid City SD,or downtown Jackson WY),and degrades the visit . In addition,Amboise was the first town in over 3 weeks travels in the Loire where we felt the tired hostility of locals whose livelihoods depend on irritating foreign visitors. (This was n mid February 2013,on a -3C day when the town was hardly overrun by any visitors,domestic or foreign.

I would strongly recommend the chateau at Chenonceaux,or the Chambord Chateau,over Amboise.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This was my second visit in a tour of loire valley based out of Tour . Easy access by train so we spent the entire day into evnening here. There was very few people visiting this time of year so it was magical! The view and the grounds are wonderful! Davinci is buryied in the small chapel on the grounds which lended a grand piece of history .
The tapestry collection here is the best part pf thos chateau .

Thank soarinval
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

My husband and I purchased the ticket package in town and it included the Chateau d'Amboise. It isn't the most remarkable Chateau compared to others in the area, but well worth it since we already had a ticket and were staying in town. Our visit was short but interesting. There are beautiful views and the final resting place of Leonardo Da Vinci. Good to do the same day as Chateau de Clos Luce and spend the day in town. Everything is within walking distance.

Thank MelissaKMD
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Chateau Amboise is not the largest or most spectacular castle in the Loire Valley inside or out...however it does offer great views of the Loire River from it's various rooms and towers, and, if you had previously visited Chateau de Close Lucé nearby in Amboise, where you learned all about Leonardo Da Vinci, then a stop into the chapel at the Chateau Amboise will allow you to give a nice epilogue to your Amboise experience, as this is where he is entombed. Had the castle not had Da Vinci's last resting place we probably would have given this an "Average" rating instead of "Very Good" because the other castles we visited in the region were a bit more spectacular as destinations. if you are staying in Amboise (which is an excellent place to base yourself in the Loire Valley to tour the regions...) a stop in the castle would be a fine thing to do, especially as a post-script to visiting Close Lucé.

Thank rickpoet
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

As a fan of the period of history spanning Anne of Britanny to Francois Premier, this was a great place to visit. The little marks of Anne's residence, and the historic joining of Britanny to the rest of France are everywhere. Of course, this is also where Leonardo is buried, and the little chapel is an architectural treasure from very long ago.

It is not the most astonishing chateau in all of the Loire Valley, I'm sure, but the place is historic and it's an easy day trip from Paris by TGV if you choose to do it that way.

Thank LeBiscuit D
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