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Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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Address: 77950 Maincy, France
Phone Number: 01-64-14-41-90
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Description: Vaux le Vicomte is the creation of three men brought together by Nicolas...
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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Chateau and gardens of Vaux-Le-Vicomte

No wonder Louis XIV was jealous of this outstanding chateau, it was the forerunner of the modern grand chateau (and stately homes across Europe). A masterpiece designed from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

No wonder Louis XIV was jealous of this outstanding chateau, it was the forerunner of the modern grand chateau (and stately homes across Europe). A masterpiece designed from scratch for Nicolas Fouquet by a gardener, architect and interior designer. The result was truly magnificent and is still an outstanding place to visit today. It is breathtaking in all respects. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Just nothing can compare with Versailles. Tzars, Kings, Emperors and Dukes, etc, etc, came from all over to see what Louis had done, then raced back home to compete. So if you have seen Versailles every thing will live in its shadow. I caught the train, took the cab, checked out the souvenir shop - walked across the gravel, turned... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

A visit to this incredible castle is a must to any Paris visitor. You won't be disappointed. This castle belonged to the Finance Minister Fouquet under Le Roi Soleil Louis XIV . In summertime, on week ends you can visit the castle at night by candlelight and if the weather cooperates, sip a "coupe de champagne" in the gardens. And... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Chateau Vaux le Vicomte is one of the finest Chateaus in France. Close to Paris it is an easy location to get to. The trip there is extremely worthwhile as the Chateau and Garden are some of the finest in France. Being in private hands for three generations,in modern times, restoration has been done to perfection. The garden designed by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

So worth the trip . I went with the Viatours out of paris . The chateau is lovely so well preserved and the audio guide is a must . the surrounding gardens are spectacular and a fine place to wander. The cafe has good food, reasonably priced and if warm enough outside seating. If you get the chance to do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

What a gem! Beautiful chateau belonging to Louis xiv minister of finance. audio guide was good. What I enjoyed about this is you get all the beauty, history and art etc but not the constant crowds like Versailles. The gardens are beautiful and really enjoyed having lunch on the grounds at the cafe/restaurant. Not to be missed!! Nice gift shop... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Cheaper than CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES, fabulous Dream of 17th century castel with marvelous french garden . Get to the top of the roof , incredible vue 360 degrees around the proprety.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A great visit; the chateau is great, the gardens are just outstanding - leave yourself loots of time to wander round Extremely helpful staff, and the restaurant is really good and also good value - unusually so for an attraction

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The chateau is the largest privately owned in France and is tremendous for the architecture and gardens. The approach to the chateau itself is very picturesque - with tree-lined roadway that simply oozes history. The real beauty for us was the gardens - which is probably on a par with Versailles. Note that unlike Versailles and Fontainebleau, you will have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Love Versailles and Fountainbleau but this could be my favorite.All three are magnificent and it is amazing to me that they are not more restored . This at least has golf carts for rent so you can cover the enormous grounds. I recommend that you rent one unless you really like walking.

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