Visit the city of Gien and the villages around the city: Arrabloy, Boismorand, Langesse, Les Choux, Le Moulinet sur Solin, Nevoy, Saint Brisson, Saint Martin sur Ocre, Saint Gondon and Poilly lez Gien.
Discover the many castles, museums and gardens as well as our 4 assets: Castles, Faience, Loire and Wine!
The château is sure to surprise you in more ways than one! Inhabited until 1987, it was originally a medieval fortress before being transformed into a beautiful, grand and stately manor house during the 16th century. Through the 14 furnished rooms, visitors can discover, from the kitchen to the roof beams, a magnificent, characterful château overlooking a unique landscape between the Loire and the countryside. An additional unique feature is the Children's Museum which, through a well-stocked, antique, photograph and document collection, retraces the history of a child's life growing up in the region: René Chevreau, an adventurer and one of the pioneers of military aviation. Yet, the real attraction of the château each "A whole world of war-time art is revealed before your eyes"
The château marks the entrance to the famous Valley of Kings and is the starting point of the Road to Compostela. Created by Anne de Beaujeu at the end of the 15th century, it houses the Museum of Hunting which includes one of the largest hunting art collections in Europe. A descendant of a keen hunter and a falconry enthusiast herself, a place to practise hunting was required by the countess, Anne de Beaujeu, eldest daughter of Louis XI. She also had the royal château built, in a strategic location between the region of Sologne, rich with game, and the forest of Orléans. With its towers and turrets forming bold silhouettes, and its polychrome brick and stone architecture, the structure foreshadowed the French Renaissance. Changing from administrative building to prison in turn, the Château de Gien became the International Museum of Hunting in 1952 and remains so to this day. With approximately 10,000 objects and works of art, the collection retraces the history of hunting and the development of techniques.
The museum provides a sample of 19th and 20th century pottery production, in addition to more recent items. In the picturesque setting of a former wine cellar, this large collection of fine earthenware contains many of the most impressive pieces created in the local area.