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Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

77950 Maincy, France
01-64-14-41-90
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Chateaux de Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte Day...
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Maincy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Vaux le Vicomte is the creation of three men brought together by Nicolas Fouquet, Louis 14th's finance minister, the landcape architect Andre le Nôtre, the architect Louis le Vau and the painter-decorator Charles le Brun. The perfect harmony between architecture and landscape is the result of their collaborative genius. From its unveiling at the famous fête of august 17th, 1661, Vaux le Vicomte aroused the envy of the Sun King and became the model that inspired the whole of Europe, including Versailles.Vaux le Vicomte can be visited during the day or at night with 2000 candles and fireworks(on Saturdays from may to beginning of october)Easy access by train or by bus from paris.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

If you dream to immerse yourself in the spirit Renaissance, "Journee Grand Siecle" would be your best option. If you are planning to present your engagement ring, if you're gifting your loved ones with Xs anniversary, if you're demonstrating the love for your aging parents, or teaching your children about the value of history . . . the grand masquerade... More

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Plano, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We had been to Versailles before so we decided to visit this chateau on this visit to Paris. It does not have the history that is at Versailles but it is a much better attractions. It is the Chateau that King Louis visited and then hired the designers to design Versailles. And then the crowds. There could not have been... More

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Vaux-le-Vicomte was the inspiration for Versailles, and you definitely get that sense. The castle is beautiful, and the gardens were very nice (being mid-Autumn, not at the height of splendour). The walk in the gardens takes about an hour (full loop), and is easy and flat. A wonderful visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Evening visit when all the château and parc is lit by candle light is a must do. The open air bar with classical music, picnic space and closing fireworks are just cherry on the cake. One of the nicest French castles I visited so far!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Beautiful, sumptuous Château without the fanfare of Versailles. A little more down-to-earth (for a castle), sober and absolutely beautiful. Very romantic candlelit dinner and the gardens were breathtaking!

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San Rafael, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had a lovely afternoon/evening candlelit visit of the grounds. Rent the golfcart for 45 minutes to see all that the gardens offer (and save some time). The chateau itself is lovely, full of history (including my favorite "legend" about the Man in the Iron Mask). We had a very pricey meal at the on-site restaurant and it was pretty... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We spent a wonderful day at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. We were staying in Fontainebleau and someone suggested a visit to the chateau. We had a little trouble finding it, but were very happy when we arrived. Such a beautiful area. As we toured the chateau, one of the surprises was all the artwork. We did tour the grounds a little... More

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magny le hongre
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

If you plan some trip in paris and you look for romantic nitgh. stand one trip in vaux le vicomte,especialy during summer nitgh. At this périod there is some beatiffull candel nitgh. i French and is spend ussually one visit; it was no an hazardous choice if eva and tonny parker has married in this place

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

First, watch the movie, Vatel. Then go to this incredible place, a short day trip from Paris. Before you go, pay attention to the reviewers who advise on which train to take to and fro, as well as how to get transportation to the Chateau from the Maincy train station. I did not, and I ended up on the local... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Entrance fee 16.50 Euros. We had a wonderful day at this Chateau - there is so much to see. Plenty of rooms to view etc. Vast grounds to explore (you can hire a golf cart). There weren't many people there which was a nice surprise. The Chateau was used in the movie Moonraker.

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