Chantilly is an enchanting town with a royal legacy. The town is within the Paris metropolitan area but feels world’s away from the bustling capital. Visit a magnificent 19th-century chateau, explore a royal hunting forest and devour your fair share of crème Chantilly, a local delicacy invented in the town.
Things to do in Chantilly
With stone turrets and a pretty lakeside setting, Château de Chantilly is reminiscent of a French fairy tale. The chateau was built by a 19th-century prince and houses the world-class Musée Condé. The enormous galleries showcase one of the largest collections of historic art in France. Expect to see works by masters like Nicolas Poussin, Philippe de Champaigne, Piero di Cosimo and Raphael.
The magnificent Château de Chantilly Gardens sprawl over more than 100 hectares. You can stroll around the formal French Garden filled with flowers and get lost in the romantic English Garden complete with statues, fountains and hedges.
Chantilly Forest boasts some of the best walks in the Paris metropolitan area. Trails criss-cross the former royal hunting estate and take past towering oak and beech trees. Work up an appetite before heading to a café for lunch. Save room for French pastries filled with crème Chantilly - luscious whipped cream sweetened with sugar and vanilla.
From casual bistros and wine bars to fine-dining restaurants, Chantilly has a flourishing food scene. Many establishments occupy beautifully restored historic buildings with vaulted stone ceilings and period décor. Summer is the perfect time to dine in the walled gardens, shady courtyards and sunny terraces.
Getting around Chantilly
Chantilly is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is in the Oise department, a one-hour drive from Paris and 30 minutes by train. On weekends and holidays, a free shuttle departs from Chantilly-Gouvieux station and stops at major sights and attractions in and around the town. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 30-minute drive away.