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Chartres

3.8
Churches · Historic Sites · Performances
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France. It is approximately an hour southwest of Paris by train.

You should try some of the delicious local brew, a beer called Eurelienne, with four varieties--blanche (white), blonde, rousse (red), and brune (brown). A local farmer runs the brewery, which conducts tours during the first weekend of every month. Unfortunately, the beer is difficult to find although some area shops sell it as a package, and the Madrigal bar serves all four types. The tourist information center between the train station and the cathedral offers free maps, information, and helpful advice about area's attractions. Use our France trip planning website to arrange the details of your trip to Chartres and other destinations.
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Chartres Cathedral ©
World heritage site
Chartres Cathedral
4.7
Duration: 5 hours
Chartres Historic Preservation Area
Neighborhood
Chartres Historic Preservation Area
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
MEN Institut ©
Turkish Bath
MEN Institut
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
La Maison Picassiette
Historic Site
La Maison Picassiette
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Chartres

Chateau de Chambord ©
Castle
Chateau de Chambord Chambord
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Castle
Chateau de Cheverny Cheverny
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci
History Museum
Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci Amboise
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Castle
Chateau Royal d'Amboise Amboise
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Chartres

Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir ©
Children’s Museum
Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Eglise St-Aignan ©
Religious Site
Eglise St-Aignan
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
La Cave Du Marche ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
La Cave Du Marche
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Le Compa ©
Specialty Museum
Le Compa
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Chartres

L'Esprit du Parfum
Specialty Museum
L'Esprit du Parfum
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chapelle Saint Eman ©
Art Museum
Chapelle Saint Eman
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Musee des beaux Arts ©
Art Museum
Musee des beaux Arts
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Chartres

église St Pierre ©
Church
église St Pierre
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Eglise Sainte-Foy ©
Church
Eglise Sainte-Foy
3.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Chartres

Marche aux Legumes ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Marche aux Legumes
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
UNE PINCEE DE CELTE
Gift & Specialty Shop
UNE PINCEE DE CELTE
2.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

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