France is famous for its many castles and castles and one of the most important areas that people enjoy is the Loire region with stunning castles like Chateau Chenonceau, but what many do not realize is that there are many different palaces and castles surrounding the capital of Paris in the region Ile de France.
Probably the most famous of all these historic buildings in France is the Chateau de Versailles located just outside of Paris and these types of castles are on such a large scale that you really need to spend a full day aside to fully appreciate them.
In fact, the Chateau de Versailles is one of the largest castles in the world and is one of the most visited places in France with its French architecture on a large scale. Plus Versailles has history galleries with many masterpieces and is the largest historical museum in the world, but this is just part of the castle open to the public!
One of the most famous rooms of the former royal palace is the 75 meter long Galerie des Glaces, known as the Mirror Hall, and this was where the Versailles Treaty was signed in 1919, which meant the end of World War I.
But the gardens designed by Andre Le Notre have also become the worlds most famous and there are about 1300 fountains, jets and waterfalls that utilize water pumped from the River Seine, a large variety of sculptures and statues as well as the formal gardens to explore. And on a weekend from April to September there are fountains for all pleasures.
There is also another show held at Chateau de Versailles at certain times called Académie du Spectacle Equestre, plus you can visit the restored 18th century royal stable, home to these beautiful horses that are the stars of the show.
But still in this palace we can quickly look at another beautiful castle in France, called Chateau de Chantilly, located in one of the largest forests near Paris and this large property covers approximately 7 800 hectares, but is not so famous like Chateau Versailles.
Now you know anyone who knows the Louvre, will love the Museum of Historic Paintings at Chateau Chantilly, as it is classified as one of the finest museums in France and the only except the Louvre which has 3 Raphael paintings.
And even inside the Chateau de Chantilly is the Conde Museum which houses about 30,000 volumes, including 1500 manuscripts, and is the most important collection in France, plus this castle also contains medieval manuscripts with a very rare copy of the 13th century.
Other Le Notre also designed the gardens of Chateau De Chantilly and this castle has the largest water with the Grand Canal which is about 2.5 kilometers long, yet another garden designed by Andre is located at Chateau Vaux le Vicomte.
You can also rent an electric golf car to get around on the grounds or take a canal as you visit the well-renovated Chateau Vaux le Vicomte and this French castle has a horse-drawn carriage museum that houses a unique collection of 18th and 19th century wagons, plus an exhibition dedicated to Andre Le Notre in the vaulted wells.
They even hold candle visits, specific themed activities for children and from March to October, it is a fountain series held twice a month, which is a spectacular sight, especially when the fountains are still heavily fed lined the way they were 1700s!
Whatever the French castle you choose to visit, you will not be disappointed and other state homes in Paris that all have something else to offer is the Royal Chateau de Fontainebleau where you can feed big carp and go for a walk in the courtyard of a horse-drawn carriage or chateau de Sceaux where they hold classical music festivals and outdoor operas in the summer.
Chateau de Compiegne is another restored castle which has three different museums, including the transport museum, which shows exhibitions of earlier road trips from bicycles through the first electric and steam motor vehicles, prototypes and some very rare items on display.
But Chateau de Thoiry is definitely a wonderful and fun day out for the whole family with something for everyone including the youngest to enjoy and is home to as the first wildlife safari park in Europe. It also has the only interactive maze in the world! In addition, you can also get a tour of the castle through guides in period suits and see the unique sun calendar in the garden where the Chateau itself becomes transparent under sunbathing.