Property of the Duc d’Aumale, son of our last French king Louis-Philippe, Chantilly is set in a charming area. Nowadays owned by the Institut de France, it shows the second largest collection of antique paintings after the Louvre. For example three works by Raphael, and other ones by Delacroix, Ingres, Van Dyck, Watteau and many more. Surrounded by gardens designed by Le Nôtre, the landscape architect of Versailles, this peaceful place deserves at least a long half-day.

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chantilly castle with michelangelo statues at the entrance


Admission fee including the garden : 17 € per adult. Opened every day : 10h-18h from March to Nov. From the end of Oct to March, closed on Tuesdays (10h30-17h).

chantilly castle view from the main entrance with a pond in front


A guided tour of this fantastic palace full of artifacts and its amazing collection of paintings just a short distance from Paris.

My favorite trips around Paris

Join me on one of my favourite guided trips around Paris. Enjoy a visit of la Malmaison, the splendid house where Napoleon and Josephine resided during the Consulate. Monet’s garden at Giverny is a very relaxing and peacefull area, at lunch time especially. Vaux-le-Vicomte is according to me the best palace to discover outside Paris, contemporary to Versailles, but less busy.