A fairytale castle set in the heart of France is the Château de Chambord. Known to be the largest and most popular castle in Loire Valley, the castle measures to about 156m in length and 56m tall, and has about 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 300 fireplaces! When you’re in Paris, transfers to and from the airport can be arranged through many transport operators such as Easy Go Shuttle. The Chateau was originally intended to be used as a hunting lodge for King Francis I and the Royal family in 1519, but it was never completed. Château de Chambord can easily be recognized by the towering roof that stands out prominently against the blue skyline.
The ground floor of the castle was used as service rooms, however is now used a ticketing office, souvenir shop, restaurant and a police office. Head over to the coach room where you’ll find horse drawn carriages, saddled with Hermes, that were built for Comte Of Chambord, but since he refused to take the throne in 1871, the carriages were never used. The ground floor even has a double helix staircase, which allows visitors to descend and ascend without ever meeting!
The first floor of the castle is complete with large furnished rooms and low ceilings. You’ll even notice a chapel and the royal chambers located on this floor on opposite wings. The chapel is said to be the largest room in the castle.
The second floor of the Chateau was mainly used to hold displays of wildlife and hunting excursions along with various art, guns, trophies and tapestry.
Popularity of the castle grew as it was used in a variety of commercials for alcohol, chocolates, alarm clocks and even porcelain. Between the months of October to March, Château de Chambord is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, while between the months from April to September its open from 10am to 5pm.
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