Château de Brézé

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Like a stone iceberg, Brézé castle boasts an immense hidden section. Beneath the rock lies the largest underground estate of Europe. Its dry moats (18m/60ft deep) take you into a 1km/0.6mi-walk, riddled with passages. Don't miss the entrance, tucked away in an alcove between two walls in the heart of the village. The panoramic view reveals a group of troglodyte homes and vineyards. The period 19C decoration in the apartments is listed.

Useful information

Address:

2 rue du Château, 49260 Brézé

Phone:

+33 2 41 51 60 15

Price:

17.50 € (-18 years old free of charge)

Opening hours

Jul-Aug: 10am-7pm; Apr-Jun and Sep: 10am-6.30pm; rest of year: 10am-6pm - closed Jan

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