Château de Chantilly
Less than an hour drive (30 miles) north of Paris (or by train from Gare du
Nord and taxi from the station)), the Château de
Chantilly features the
Condé Museum that is known for its excellent art collection. Chantilly has
impressive grounds and the Chateau and its setting are picturesque.
The original Grand Château was destroyed during the Revolution and today’s
Château, while interesting, is less important than either Versailles or
Fontainebleau. The grounds are extensive and a wonderful place for walking.
The Château and gardens are open every day except Tuesday.
Visit the official website of Château de Chantilly for
more information on
The Grand Appartments including the apartments of the Princes de Conde
are worth viewing due to the quality of materials used and the elegance that
they radiate. In addition, the Petite Apartments (private rooms) of
the Duc and Duchesse d'Aumale are quite spectacular. The Gallery of
Painting's superb collection is historical in nature (before 1850 and
reputed to be one of the largest collections in France.
If you are a horse fan, you might be interested in visiting the Musée Vivant
du Cheval (the Living Museum of the Horse). The museum occupies the former
Grand Stables of the Château de Chantilly. In
summer, the museum offers a equestrian show most evenings. For more
information, visit the official site of the museum
here . Note, there is a substantial, ongoing rehabilitation effort at
the stables and the exhibition rooms may not always be available for touring.
The town of Chantilly, which lies just outside of the Ile-de France region
in Picardie, is also known for horse racing (at the Hippodrome de Chantilly)
and is very popular with Europeans for golf-related vacations.
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