If you arrive in the evening, the sight of the floodlighted 14th-century Château de Saumur will take your breath away. Look familiar? Probably because you've seen the elegant white edifice in reproductions of the famous Très Riches Heures (Book of Hours) painted for the Duc de Berry in 1416. Inside it's bright and cheerful, with a gorgeous gateway and plentiful potted flowers. Owing to renovation of the castle walls, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Decorative
Arts Museum), formerly housed in the château, has been permanently closed, but exhibitions from the Musée du Cheval (Equestrian Museum) can be seen on the castle's first floor; visitors can also access the gardens and panoramic terrace. July through August there are temporary expositions open in certain areas of the château, as well as Medieval reenactments of jousting matches during the day and a sound-and-light show at night (Thursday through Saturday, €19). From the cliff-side promenade beyond the parking lot there's a thrilling vista of the castle on its bluff against the river backdrop.