Enchanting Journey to French Castles: A Storybook Adventure

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  • France

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Wine

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Romantic

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Curator’s statement

Step into a realm of enchantment and discover the most beautiful French castles that will transport you to a world fit for a fairy tale. These magnificent architectural masterpieces not only offer a glimpse into France's rich history but also provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in a fantasy-like atmosphere.

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Where to stay in France

Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé

Royal chateau accommodation with attention to detail ranging from its spacious suites to top service and activities.

Area Les Crayères (Domaine Les Crayères)

Foodie paradise in a meticulously restored French chateau in Reims—the perfect daytrip or weekend escape from Paris.

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InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel

Lush hotel with lavish interiors featuring Le Bordeaux restaurant, a bar, a rooftop and a gourmet restaurant inspired by Gordon Ramsay.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

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Things to do in France

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Palace of Versailles

Our storybook journey begins with the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles, an iconic symbol of absolute monarchy. This opulent palace, once the residence of French kings and queens, showcases an astonishing blend of classical and Baroque architecture. Stroll through the perfectly manicured gardens, be awestruck by the Hall of Mirrors, and witness the impeccable beauty that epitomizes French royalty.

Château de Chambord

Continuing our adventure, we encounter the magnificence of the Château de Chambord, a true architectural gem. With its distinctive blend of Renaissance and French classical styles, this castle stands as a testament to the Renaissance era. Explore the labyrinthine corridors, climb to the top of the double-helix staircase and revel in the charm of this spellbinding castle that seems straight out of a storybook.

Chenonceau Castle

Next on our journey, we encounter the mesmerizing Chenonceau Castle, gracefully spanning the River Cher. Adorned with elegant arches, this castle is often referred to as the "The Ladies' Castle," owing to the prominent women who played significant roles in its history. Appreciate the picturesque views, stroll through the breathtaking gardens and be transported to an era filled with romance and intrigue.

Château de Haut-Kœnigsbourg

Venturing into the heart of Alsace, we discover the fairytale-like Château de Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Perched atop a hill, this medieval fortress offers sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Imagine knights in shining armor traversing the cobblestoned paths, explore the fortified walls and get lost in the mystical ambiance of this castle that seems to hold secrets within its ancient stones.

Château de Fontainebleau

Prepare to be transported back in time as we visit the Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This majestic palace boasts a captivating blend of Renaissance, classical and medieval architecture. Lose yourself in its vast gardens, marvel at the ornate interiors and let your imagination run wild as you imagine the stories that unfolded within these historic walls.

Château de Pierrefonds

In the heart of the Compiègne forest lies the Château de Pierrefonds, exuding a fairytale essence. Restored by the famous architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, this castle showcases a splendid fusion of medieval and Gothic elements. Lose yourself in the medieval atmosphere, explore the imposing towers and let your imagination soar as you envision knights and damsels dancing in the grand halls.

Roquetaillade

Our storybook adventure concludes with the mystical Roquetaillade Castle, nestled in the serene countryside of Bordeaux. This medieval fortress, with its hauntingly beautiful appearance, seems to have emerged from the pages of a fantasy novel. Admire its graceful towers, uncover the secrets hidden within its historic walls and let your imagination weave tales of bravery and grandeur.

Need to Know

Embarking on a journey through the most beautiful French castles is like diving into a storybook filled with enchanting tales of history and fantasy. From the splendor of the Palace of Versailles to the medieval allure of Château de Pierrefonds, each castle exudes its own unique charm. So, embrace the magical atmosphere, immerse yourself in the rich history, and let your imagination run wild in the storybook land of French castles.

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Amanda Faulkenberg's guide, Winter Wonderland in Strasbourg, France.

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