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Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

77950 Maincy, France
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Maincy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: A visit to Vaux-le-Vicomte is one you will never forget!  Located about 1.5 hours outside Paris, this Chateau is definitely worth the day trip.  It... more »
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you want to see a great chateau and skip the crowds at Versailles, I would highly recommend the Vaux-le-Vicomte. Do some research on Nicholas Fouquet before you go and it will make the visit more interesting. The chateau is grand and there were practically no crowds when we went so you can visit at your leisure. There is a... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A beautiful château and gardens near to Paris, we spent a day here looking around in relative peace and quiet compared to other châteaux we have visited. The gardens are well laid-out with pools and fountains and we would like to return to see these working another time. The flower beds could have done with some weeding and lawn edging... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Having visited most of the chateaux in the Loire over the past 3 years which are utterly delightful, we wanted to explore some chateaux on the outskirts of Paris, so decided to visit Chateau Fontainebleau, Rombouillet, and Vaux-le-Vicomte (plan to visit Versailles next year). Following a detour to visit Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris (awesome), we headed for the chateaux.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited here last Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed our day. Having visited Versailles many years ago, we found this to be a more manageable day trip particularly for families with children and mature travellers. We loved the gardens most of all, with the chateau being more interesting from the outside than inside. To give you an idea of costs, our... More

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Austin, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We drove here on a tuesday when Fontainebleu was closed. Vaux Le Vicomte is private and open on tuesdays. We walked through the chateau and it was fun. Nothing fantastic like Fontainebleu or Versailles, but it was nice. The grounds were great. Very uncrowded and perfect for pictures. We wandered around a little and then reserved a golf cart which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Still privately owned, this is a beautiful house and grounds. No wonder Louis XIV grabbed the designers to work for him at Versailles and elsewhere. The rooms in the chateau were beautifully kept and Le Notre's layout of the grounds brillant. No there aren't lots of flowers but that is not the idea. The visit inspired me to read up... More

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Paris, France
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I went there during the Easter holiday. Due to the fact that it is not very easy to access by public transportation, it was not as packed as other tourist attractions, which made the place relaxing and pleasant. There were several times of chocolate hunting for the adults which were quite funny, to do and to see others running after... More

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Oxfordshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

We have been to Versailles before and wanted to try something different. We picked this place as it had great reviews and they weren't wrong. We started in the restaurant and had some really tasty and great quality food. The house is breathtaking to look at from all sides. I was a little nervous about taking my 2 year old... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Yes, you must go and visit this wonderful château. This is a masterpiece, and for us, far more enjoyable than Fontainebleau. There is less opulence, but a feeling of 'livability' about the building. Beautiful architecture, interior and gardens; the benefit of all the 'designers' working as one with the owner. GO ON A SATURDAY EVENING if you possibly can. From... More

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Walnut, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Fascinating yet tragic history of the french Minister of Finance, Fourquet, and his masterpiece, Chateau Vaux le Vicompte which served as the model for Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. Breathtaking views of the gardens and the chateau’s stables are just a few of the highlights. The chateau also has a nice little eatery which serves wine and beer as well... More

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