Chateaux near Paris
Paris and its surrounding areas are famous for historic chateaux and castles, and most visitors find that visiting these magnificent sites is one of the highlights of their trip.
Many castles and chateaux are located very close to Paris, so getting to these attractions is an easy day trip by public transportation, taxi, or rental car.
Fontainebleau, which dates from the 16th century, is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. This spectacular castle is located only 30 miles from Paris and is surrounded by 40,000 acres of beautiful gardens and forests. Napoleon himself is reputed to have lived here at one time. Many visitors to Fontainebleau especially enjoy the Napoleon Museum and taking a scenic horse and carriage ride.
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is an historical monument and is also the largest privately-owned chateau in all of France.
It is situated 34 miles from Paris and was originally completed in 1661; guests may tour the many rooms, which are fully furnished.
Outside the chateau, water fountain shows are held during the warmer months, and in the evenings during the summer, guests to the Chateau are treated to a beautiful candlelight ceremony.
The exquisite Chateau de Chantilly Castle dates from the late 1300s and is located in the heart of a large forest.
Travel time from Paris is under an hour, and there is much to see here. The museum within this chateau houses a collection of historical paintings that is second only to the Louvre within France.
Thousands of paintings, engravings, and other interesting art objects are on display here, and the library is full of rare books and manuscripts.