Chateau Royal d'Amboise, Amboise

With sweeping panoramic views of the Loire valley, it's no wonder why Chateau Royal d'Amboise was a favorite royal residence of several successive kings. Balconies overlooking the valley create an air of grandeur. The tomb of Leonardo da Vinci resides in the Saint Hubert chapel, renowned as a masterpiece of extravagant Gothic architecture. An armored tank designed by Leonardo da Vinci sits on the grounds of the château.

The architecture quintessentially represents the French Renaissance with gardens and the Minimes and the Heurtault towers. The towers, which served as the royal residence, are available for you to explore, but you need prior permission. After the lavish royal pomp, with permission again, you can descend to the mysterious underground, a place few royals ever saw. Add Chateau Royal d'Amboise to your Amboise travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Amboise visit planner .
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  • Too bad there is so little left of the "original" building. The guide, bubbly and funny, taught us to know even more about the history of this castle, which belongs to the Orleans family and where, in a way, Brittany's attachment to France was sealed.
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  • What a beautiful week to see this grand castle. The architecture was beautiful and the decor was wonderful. I would highly recommend seeing this location if you have a chance!
  • Expensive. Worth booking online and in good time. Worth going. Went with our 3 children two of which wanted to whizz round but we took our time and in the end they all enjoyed it. The building is interesting and it's nice to know the history. Walking around the gardens and following different paths was exciting and when it is a lovely warm day (was actually very hot) you'll need to bring bottles of water. There are cafes inside for food and coffee/drinks but not cheap. Good all round experience. I wouldn't say it is a must see but worth going.
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