|— département —|
|Prefecture building of the Loir-et-Cher department, in Blois|
|• President of the General Council||Jean-Luc Brindeau (Nouveau Centre)|
|• Total||6,343 km2 (2,449 sq mi)|
|• Density||50/km2 ( 130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
Loir-et-Cher is part of the modern region of Centre. Adjacent departments are Eure-et-Loir to the north, Loiret to the north-east, Cher to the south-east, Indre to the south, Indre-et-Loire to the south-west, and Sarthe to the west.
The department comprises 6,314 km2, which makes it the 31st largest of the French departments in terms of area. The line of the river Loire traverses the land, ensuring easy communication between its own capital, Blois, and the vibrant cultural and commercial centres of Tours to the west and the fringes of the Seine-Paris basin at Orléans to the east.
The inhabitants of the department are called Loir-et-Chériens.
Loir-et-Cher has a number of historic castles, including the following:
Interior of the Château de Chaumont
See also 
- Cantons of the Loir-et-Cher department
- Communes of the Loir-et-Cher department
- Arrondissements of the Loir-et-Cher department
- (French) Prefecture website
- (French) General Council website
- (English) Loir-et-Cher at the Open Directory Project