Pont Canal vu du ciel !
Pont Canal de Briare : balades en bateau, à pied, à vélo, 663 m aller, le plus long du monde !
Pont Canal de Briare : balades en bateau, à pied, à vélo, 663 m aller, le plus long du monde !
Ce pont-canal métallique le plus long d’Europe (662 mètres), construit avec la collaboration de l’ingénieur Eiffel, permet aux péniches et aux bateaux de plaisance de franchir la Loire et de passer d’un canal à l’autre. Construit entre 1890 et 1894, il a été mis en service en 1896.
Jolie promenade au-dessus de la Loire, rafraichissante en été !
Musée à visiter pour comprendre toute l’histoire du Pont-canal, des canaux et des mariniers de Loire.
58, Bd Buyser 45250 Briare. Tél./Fax : 02 38 31 28 27
Le musée retrace 160 ans d’industrie au service de l’art. De la faïence fine en passant par les boutons (fabriqués avec la ferme de Rivotte, productrice du lait nécessaire à la bakélite (avec la caséïne) jusqu’aux aux émaux, encore en activité de nos jours.
1 Boulevard Loreau, 45250 Briare, 02 38 31 20 51
You can also buy spare 2d choice from the factory shop.
You can visit the workshops to discover the crafts, with group visit of 15 people (except July, August and December).
78 Place de la Victoire, 45500 Gien, 02 38 05 21 05
1st castle (at the east) on the road of the Loire castles, built in the late 15th century by Anne de Beaujeu, daughter of Luis XI, on the site of a medieval fortress which had stayed Jeanne d ‘arc. Its architecture is typical of the late Middle Ages early Renaissance. It houses the Museum of Hunting, Nature and Traditions since 1952: one of the finest collections of hunting arts (tapestries, paintings, bronzes, ceramics, weapons, buttons on hunting, etc …).
For children: Animated visits during school holidays.
Warning : Castle of Gien is closed for major renovations until the end of 2015.
The actual bridge, built in 1734, replacing two other bridges washed by the Loire at 13 ° and 15 centuries. Several arches were destroyed in June 1940 to stop the German invasion. Nice walk over the river to admire the castle on the left bank.
The castle of Bussiere, nicknamed the Fishermen castle , built on stilts on a lake of 16 hectares, surrounded by a park designed by Le Nôtre, contains a collection on freshwater fishing. 10 furnished rooms, including lingerie and exceptional cuisine in the vaulted basement.
The garden of 18 ° is worth visiting. Each season will show new colors and delicious flavors. Watch and learn the correct methods of gardening naturally.
For children: picking of red fruits, fresh vegetables. Picnic in the park. Golf scents in the garden, henhouse. Games in the huts and giant wooden games.
45230 La Bussière, 02 38 35 93 35
Located just in front of the property but on the other side of the Loire, a beautiful castle of the 12th overlooking the Loire Valley with its unique medieval war machines in the region ; they are installed in the moat and operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays during school holidays spring, autumn and summer 16h. Inside, 14 furnished rooms welcome you for a discovery of treasures, secrets and anecdotes.
* Before the shooting, at 15h, children are welcomed to make their costume (Tuesdays and Thursdays by reservation)
* Interactive and fun family visit, costumed inhabitants of the house, lords and servants, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during school holidays (on reservation).
For lovers of bike ride:
this castle is on the 20 km loop that I advise you .
Come and join the wonderful world of the circus and its clowns, its magic attractions and its wild rhythms of the drum accompanying acrobats.
This museum takes you on a journey between dream and reality, interactive, lively, fun and educational, it is unique in France.
D 952, La Croix Saint-Jacques, 45570 Dampierre-en-Burly, 02 38 35 67 50
An association of private castles where sometimes it is the owner who will guide you through his home. Furnished and inhabited these places have a soul and charm that deserves your visit. Here is my non-exhaustive selection:
Château de La Bussiere: The first castle of the road, 15 miles north of us, built on a lake in the middle of a park, it houses a collection of fishing. The vegetable garden of 18 ° s. is remarkable and you can pick berries and vegetables in season!
Chateau de Blancafort: down south, castle scents,
Aubigny sur Nere: Scottish stronghold, the city of Stuart, step ornate half-timbered houses, Gothic and Renaissance chateau church. Scottish festivals in July.
Château de Boucard: true medieval fortress, surrounded by high walls and protected by four corner towers. But when you enter the courtyard, then reworked in the apartments in the sixteenth century, surprise: it is transported in full Renaissance. Originality to discover! Classical music concerts during the summer.
Chateau de la Chapelle d’ Angillon : go to the mysterious discovery of the Grand Meaulnes (Alain Fournier museum)
Chateau de La Verrerie : elegant Renaissance residence on a romantic lake
Chateau de Maupas: a unique collection of 887 earthenware plates in the stairwell. Vineyards, appellation Renardières
Chateau de Menetou-Salon : sumptuous property of a prince! Common house a collection of horse-drawn carriages and automobiles. Vineyards.
Last step not far from us : Bourges, a beautiful city with prestigious monuments.
For children: in all these castles, guided tours, games, picnic in the gardens, a whole program …
A unique site in France!
At once an old boat station and a lock classified as a Historic Monument. Between 1838 and 1896, before the construction of the Canal Bridge, navigation was done between this lock (left bank) and that one of the Combes (right bank). The river crossing was dangerous during high water and maneuvers were extremely painful and lengthy. Hence the idea of the canal bridge!
Now a bucolic and quiet place where we can rest in the shade of trees . Walks, bike, boat and visit … Chatillon sur Loire, old town rich in architectural heritage.
Clinging to the nave, the organ of Lorris is a part of the 16th century, a pure architectural and musical masterpiece. To see and hear absolutely. Summer concerts.
3 Rue Eglise, 45260 Lorris, 02 38 94 80 65
7 locks : a technical feat to cross the threshold separating the two basins of the Loire and the Seine.
International fireworks in July.
03 86 74 51 78
2nd castle along the valley of the Loire after Gien, Sully has retained its medieval appearance. Owned by Mr. de Bethune, better known as Sully, Superintendent Henry IV. Towers, moats top, frame broken barrel, 7 centuries of history to discover!
Every year in June-July, international music festival in the castle.
For children : Animated booking tours at 14:30.
02 38 36 36 86
Romanesque basilica in the Loire, the abbey of Fleury houses the relics of St. Benedict. His remarkable capitals recount scenes from the Bible and Christian history.
Offices in Gregorian chant week 12am and 11am on Sundays and holidays.
02 38 35 72 43
What the devil, witches are back in the Berry!
In a fantastic and magical atmosphere, historical world of witchcraft from prehistory to the 19 ° s. The whole history of Berry, remote and misty region …
La Jonchère, 18410 Blancafort, 02 48 73 86 11
For children: Farm Castle with all its animals, old crafts and farmer’s house. 03 86 74 03 76, www.ferme du chateau.com
In the village, visit the Museum of the Sound Adventure and discover the collections componed and collected successively since 1995. It constitutes today the Europe’s largest public collection of gramophones, radios and mechanical musical instruments.
03 86 74 04 55, www.aventureduson.fr/
Former sub-prefecture of Loiret, this small city the nickname “Venice of Gatinais”, walks along the canal of Briare perspective.
You can also visit:
Musée des Tanneurs : waterfront, this beautiful half-timbered 16th century breathes the atmosphere of old tanneries, very important in this part of town. Besides tools and various documents attesting to this activity, this small museum displays a collection of headdresses from the 19th, while retracing rural life Gatinaise (hemp clothing).
Rue du Château, Téléphone :02 38 98 57 64,
musée Girodet : collection of paintings, currently closed for renovation.
2 Rue du Faubourg de la Chaussée, Téléphone : 02 38 98 07 81
5 mins from Montargis, at Amilly, visit :
Musée des Arts et Traditions du Gâtinais : Exposed in two restored barns, a rich collection of tools spans more than a century of agricultural labor and artisanal and industrial activity Gâtinais of drainage machinery, rubber to the fertilizers …
Domaine de la Pailleterie, 45200 Amilly, Tél : 02 38 85 33 16
or also 5 mn from Montargis,at Chalette :
Musée d’Ecole Fernand Boutet, for children : as if you were there: desks, blackboard, exercise books, books, awards, good points, blouses, dunce cap, to the famous feathers Sergeant Major! During the animation, you can participate in workshops tale, bending, drawing, poetry, singing, and even pen writing … A different today if school life …
1 Rue Gambetta, 45120 Châlette-sur-Loing, Téléphone :02 38 89 59 20,
Between Montargis and the Domaine on N.7 at “relais du miel” :
Musée de la Nationale 7 : Discover the legendary Route Nationale 7, through this museum
In Treigny town, in the forest of Guédelon, at the heart of an old quarry, lumberjacks, carpenters, quarrymen, stonemasons, bricklayers, blacksmiths, tile makers, carters, ropers build in front of your eyes, f a castle of the 13th century and this since 1997. The site is fanstastic !
D955, 89520 Treigny, Téléphone : 03 86 45 66 66
Saint Amand Puisaye is one of “Cities and Crafts.” Amidst rolling countryside, the craftsmen of the “birthplace of pottery,” their boutiques, many workshops will welcome you. The museum musée du Grès (36 Grande Rue, 58310 Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye, Téléphone :03 86 39 71 43), housed in a Renaissance castle, will delight with a collection of stoneware utilities depicting four centuries of history, and the Maison de la Mémoire potière.
Saint Sauveur Puisaye is located in the department of Yonne, in the Burgundy region. Located in the heart of the natural region of Puisaye, it is a famous place for crafts pottery.
The city is really known for being the birthplace of the novelist Colette ; the Musée Colette, established in 1995, opens a literary walk in the world of the writer. A large collection of pictures of Colette at various times of his life, shows the different aspects of the character. The tour is enriched by collections of artifacts of the author and a copy of the living room and the bedroom of his apartment at the Royal Palace.
Poterie de la Bâtisse, a place where Colette liked to admire the objects from the country which she was so fond of. In a preserved pottery from the late 18 °, rediscover the work, actions, tools and kilns potters from the past.
La Bâtisse, 89520 Moutiers-en-Puisaye, Téléphone :03 86 45 68 00
La Charité sur Loire, is today the “city of the book and the word” and organizes numerous events around the book market, fairs, prices awards and Night Book ! Many craftsmen (bookbinders, printers, publishers, writers, authors) staying there.
It is also an historic city : the stone bridge over the Loire is as old as that of Gien, vestige of walls, alleys and typical Faubourgs.
and monastic : Cluniac priory, Notre-Dame church classified by UNESCO. It is also a stopover town on the Compostelle road, famous since the Middle Ages.
Maison des Métiers d’Art de Ferrières
Exhibition and meetings place, discussions, events around these “passion trades “, and the women and men performing them.
Téléphone : 01 60 71 50 70
So many historical sites to visit … the list is long but remember!:
Sainte-Croix Cathedral, built on Roman ruins, with its Gothic transept demolished by Huguenot and rebuilt over two centuries by Henri IV and Louis XIV and the main gate which was opened in May 1829 at the 4th centenary of the issuance of Orleans by Joan of Arc, the main character of the city. During the 100 years war, the English occupied Orleans, a part of this French territory.
Hotel Groslot, the Crypt of Saint Aignan, the Convent minimal, the Maison de Jeanne d’Arc, the hotel Euverte–Hatte, the Hotel des Niches, the Old Town, and many other hotels, churches still preserved that you will find in the Guide “9 ballads” at the tourism office of Orleans.
In addition, a children’s paradise with its enchanted island, its wooden houses Lilliput size, its old games …
7 Route d’Orléans, 45240 La Ferté-Saint-Aubin, téléphone : 02.38.76.52.72
IIn the early 16th century, Lancelot had built the castle of Chamerolles on a medieval motte. Cleared of brambles and bushes and fully renovated in 1992, it houses one of the few sites on French perfumes. La Promenade des Parfums makes you discover the world of toiletries and fragrances over time, from 16 ° to today, in furnished interiors. Its magnificent Renaissance garden and park invite you to dream.
Shows summer Sunday afternoon.
For children : theme tours (perfumer, gardener, puzzles) upon reservation.
Route de Gallerand, 45170 Chilleurs-aux-Bois, téléphone : 02 38 39 84 66
On the “Butte”, a small hill overlooking the Loire, stand the most representative of the history of Nevers, prefecture of Nièvre and former capital of the Dukes of Nevers monuments :
The Palais Ducal, considered as one of the first castles of the Loire, was the residence of the Counts and Dukes of Nevers. Built in the late 15th century, it now houses exhibition spaces and an amazing aquarium of Loire fishes.
Near the Ducal Palace, stands the theater in the Italian Renaissance Revival style built in the 19th century.
The main feature of Cathédrale Saint-Cyr Sainte-Julitte is its two opposing choirs; one Roman and the other Gothic, as a result of the juxtaposition of successive buildings. Another special characteristic of the cathedral, its stained glass are contemporary style and made by different artists.
The sanctuary of Sainte Bernadette, a place of international pilgrimage for the message she received in Lourdes and lived in Nevers.
Nevers was also famous for its pottery, especially the blue of Nevers. Push the door of the Musée de la Faïence in a building with remarkable architecture, combining historical and contemporary art, and discover 350 earthenware objects from the Renaissance to the present , everyday objects, arms or most surprising works like enamelled glass, as well as paintings, sculptures and drawings.
Masterpiece of Gothic art, Saint-Etienne Cathedral of Bourges is unique in its architectural design. Declared World Heritage by UNESCO, the cathedral is the most amazing building that marks the birth of the classic Gothic art.
One of the finest civic buildings from the Middle Ages endowed with great modernity. From 1443 to 1451, Jacques Heart, Silversmith of King Charles VII, built in Bourges, his hometown, a revolutionary palace with an unrivaled comfort …
During the summer, Bourges night tour by following “luxioles” lights on the sidewalks, all the medieval city in sounds and lights : beautiful and romantic! Nuits lumières de Bourges…
Chambord, it is not only the château and its magnificent double staircase : it’s also enjoy the multiple activities offered around and discover the exceptional richness of the forest.
Stroll carriage, ride horses, attending a horse show , rent boats or bikes, walk on park trails, observe the animals. Téléphone : 02 54 50 40 00
At only 19 km (20mn) of Chambord, stands the château de Cheverny, private property which inspired Hergé for his castle of Moulinsart.Téléphone : 02 54 79 96 29
Furnished, heated in the winter (rare), you can also watch the feeding of the 2 packs of hounds for stag-hunting (at 18:00pm).
On the way to Chambord, driving on the D.940 and D.51, stop in a typical village from the region Sologne : Souvigny-en-Sologne (45 min.)
The Church of St. Martin’s caquetoir, small red brick houses, returning into a difficult past where we hugged and baked the bricks …
The château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a castle of the seventeenth century (1658-1661), built for the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV, Nicolas Fouquet. Its magnificence provoked the jealousy of the king who imprisoned Fouquet and commandeered the castle.
Masterpiece of classical architecture from the mid-seventeenth century, it is now the largest private property classified as historical monuments since its purchase in July 1875 by Alfred Mattress.
77950 Maincy, Téléphone : 01 64 14 41 90