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“Wonderful castle with interesting Nantes history”

Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
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Ranked #4 of 112 things to do in Nantes
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Owner description: The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany houses the Nantes History Museum, displaying more than 850 historic objects with multimedia installations in a contemporary layout. The former ducal palace also holds temporary exhibitions and cultural events all year round. Besides, the rampart walk offers a number of viewpoints of the fortress. The night-time illuminations further reveal the architectural complexity of the site. A restaurant and a gift shop are as well at your service.
Vancouver, Canada
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“Wonderful castle with interesting Nantes history”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Wonderful castle right in Nantes. You can enter the courtyard via several directions - no fee. An exhibition is in one building and the museum in the chateau part. The lady at the front desk was not very helpful but eventually we determined that we only wanted a ticket for the museum part not both (can buy combined). The museum is housed over all the floors of the chateau and gives a pretty good overview of the history of Nantes and Brittany until the present. Almost all displays and video are in French only but in each of the 30 rooms there is a large book that explains the premise behind that rooms' displays in several languages. It was pretty interesting but I didn't like that just about all the windows were sealed, closed, shuttered or curtained and it was quite dark. There are many steps to walk both up and down although a handicapped lift is available. If you have the time & find the information interesting you can spend 1 to 2 hours in here. If you're short on time I would recommend skipping both the museum and exhibition and just admire the castle from the courtyard, from outside the walls and from the castle ramparts walk of which access is provided free of charge.

Visited January 2014
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“Lovely views and architecture”
Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Free entry and previously downloaded an audio guide app which explained the different parts of the castle and who/why they were built, as soon as the guide told us to go inside we stopped listening to it and wandered the walls and moat by ourselves!
It's very impressive and ornate and we ha the added bonus of the Christmas art installations around the place which were a bit puzzling but good fun.
Well worth a visit and if we'd had more time and inclination the museum would have been next on the list!

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Redon, France
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“Center of historic Nantes”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

I recommend a visit to the chateau de Ducs de Bretagne for three reasons: its architecture, the beautiful views of Nantes and its old quarter from the ramparts, and the museums it houses. If you are visiting Nantes for the first time, you can enter the chateau for free, wander around and enjoy the views, including walking around the gardens beside the moat. With more time, there are both permanent museum exhibits (the history of Nantes, including a lot about Anne du Bretagne) and temporary exhibitions. (Until the end of February, there is an excellent exhibition about Nantes and the Nantais in both World Wars.) When you leave the chateau, head west along the river into the heart of the old city, with its many small shops, restaurants, bars and beautiful buildings. It's easy to reach the chateau from several tram stops, on the bus, or on foot. If you can help it, do not drive in this area--parking is expensive (when you can find it) and traffic is heavy, especially on weekdays.

Visited November 2013
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

nice Castle from the outside, the Promenade gives some views of the City adn some Explanation about the surrounding buildings
didn't went inside due to a Queue w/o a beginning or and end

Visited November 2013
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Ponta Grossa, PR
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“So beautiful!”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

The chateau is so beautiful and very well preserved. Learn more about Anne du Bretagne, that is the most important Queen at the place! Very smart lady!! The surroundings of the castle, with the gardens and the water are so nice to sit and enjoy during the summer! Very recommended visit!

Visited September 2013
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