Travel to the castles of France without leaving home

A new virtual tour allows you to peer behind the fortified walls of French castles online Photo: Versailles

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2013 — Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting the castles of France?  Now, whether you can fly across the Atlantic or not, you can peer behind the fortified walls of these iconic architectural beauties thanks to a new virtual tour created by France-Voyage.com.

There are more than 10,000 castles dotting the French landscape, each with its own particular attributes and points of interest.  

Of course, there’s Versailles, France’s most popular castle with over 6 million visitors every year. Famous for its Mirror Gallery and 715 hectares of parks and gardens, this is the extravagant residence of the Sun King. 

Any trip through the Loire Valley should include a visit to Chambord, the largest of the Loire castles with its 440 rooms, 800 sculpted capitals and 282 fireplaces.

The castle forts of Auvergne and Périgord, as well as the impressive hillside fortresses of the Cathars in Languedoc, afford glimpses at castle life that demonstrates its military and governmental role.

The idea behind the virtual panoramic tours is to share France’s great diversity and cultural heritage and history represented by these magnificent – or simply charming – structures.  Although many castles are today museums and hotels, some of which are now private residences normally closed to visitors.  This online tour allows visitors to peek insider behind the walls of private homes.

For the past ten years, France-Voyage.com has specialized in arranging and promoting tourism in France.   This virtual tour, now available in 6 languages, is a fun and practical place to look for information on France and serves as a good jumping off spot for planning a trip.


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