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Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

77950 Maincy, France
01-64-14-41-90
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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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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic evening to celebrate my partner's birthday, in style. Event didn't disappoint... Very memorable evening visit to the chateau and gardens, all lit by 2,000 candles at dusk. We watched the sun go down, in the gardens, whilst drinking champagne and also had a great meal, in a marquee, followed by fireworks at 10.50pm, then a visit around the candlelit... More

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Arcadia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Bought 2 tickets from the chateau website but didn't go due to rain. They are good until October 4th, 2014 if anyone interested in purchasing at a discount. They cost 19.50 euros each. Contact me.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

During the summer months there is a bus service from the town of Melun to the chateau. If you check the Chateau website, and click on the tiny British flag symbol in the upper left corner, you will get English information. Going to the "practical information" page you can download the bus schedule, including the train times from Paris to... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Really, really lovely place to visit with an easy to follow route around the chateau and then extensive gardens, with golf buggies (€15 for 45mins) to help you make the most of them. We went to the top of the house for €3 extra, well worth it, get panorama ready on your camera. We did not use the audio guide... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Once a small chateau, the present building was purchased by Nicolas Fouquet in 1641 and completely rebuilt from 1658 to 1661. Nicolas was the Superintendent of Finance for Louis XIV. At the inaugural party of the chateau on August 17, 1661, King Louis (some say, prompted by a jealous rival for the Finance position) decided that the chateau was too... More

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Jackson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Although I selected Sep. 2013 and this may be a little dated, I thought I would add my two cents. My wife and I visited the château during a vacation in Paris in the spring of 2000. I had never heard of the place but decided to check it out on the strong recommendation of my French language tutor back... More

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Jean Charles D, Propriétaire at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, responded to this review

Dear Carlos, thank you for your nice post. Just in case you will come back to see the changes made at Vaux le Vicomte or for one of our event, there are direct trains from Paris Gare de Lyon and the ride to Melun station is only 25minutes. Then you have a shuttle on week end and bank holidays from... More

Woodbridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a nice quiet chateau, without any crowds, and beautiful gardens that is worth visiting if you like French history. It belonged to Louis XIV's treasurer before Versailles was built. When Louis XIV was invited there for a festivity, he was so jealous of its opulence and beauty, that he had his treasurer imprisoned 2 days later. He was... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a less- crowded historical chateau than Versailles. We had family with us and it gave us a chance to comprehend "grand" without overwhelming us with it. We especially liked the collection of grand carriages and vehicles displayed in what were the "stables". The story that Louis XIV was jealous of his finance minister, Fouquet, and thus was inspired... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We visited here and Versailles in the last couple of days and the difference is dramatic. As everyone says this has a lot of the same things as Versailles without the crowds. As a matter of fact the lack of crowds makes it an entirely different (and in many ways better) experience. A few tips: - We also did the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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