The town of Chantilly : between forest, horseriding and the famous castle of Chantilly, a rich heritage to discover !
After Versailles, the Castle of Chantilly is one of the biggest in France. Once owned by the Houses of Montmerency and Condé, it finally fell into the hands of the Duke of Aumale, son of King Louis-Philippe, who installed his fabulous collections of Raphael paintings and Medieval engravings before leaving it to the Institut de France at his death. His will specified that these exceptional collections must remain in the castle without ever being lent out, so the only place that they can ever be seen is during a visit to the castle itself! The original 16th century castle was built for the Montmorency family, but after the Revolution it was extended in the XIXth century, with the huge surrounding parkland alone justifying to book a hotel in Chantilly! Horse lovers will enjoy attending the races which are regularly held at the Chantilly racecourse, as well as participating in the horse rides which are organised in the nearby forest. These trails, which follow the equestrian tradition which dates back to the times of the House of Condé, allow visitors to discover perfectly preserved nature less 100km from Paris, and to enjoy the beauty of romantic abbeys and peaceful glades at a relaxed pace before returning to the charming and peaceful town of Chantilly.