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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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Gorgeous castle with few visitors

I visited this beautiful castle at the beginning of August with a tour group that left from Paris. It seemed as if we had the place to ourselves. Stunning building and lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I visited this beautiful castle at the beginning of August with a tour group that left from Paris. It seemed as if we had the place to ourselves. Stunning building and lovely gardens. The cafe also had good food and there was a more casual snack bar overlooking the gardens as well. This was a lovely outing and change from... More 

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Amsterdam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This great palace is a little gem compared to Versailles, its fast gardens a scientific wonder. The history of the palace is a must read before you go and awe. You can find the dramatic story on Wikipedia. Knowing the history makes the visit to palace so much more intens. Pick a sunny but not too warm day early summer... More 

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Southlake, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This chateau is a wonderful day trip from Paris and actually much more enjoyable than Versailles because it is less crowded. Beautiful visit on a beautiful day!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Fine and a beautiful building but not for the disabled. France is clearly adrift of our standards in terms of disability. Steps down to the ticket office where one can pick up a wheelchair which then had to traverse cobbles and shingle before a set of steps to access the chateau! Only the ground floor is then accessible. The chateau... More 

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Meudon, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A couple of hours in and around the gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte make me realize that the Château de Versailles is an outsized eaggeration. Here, everything is impressive but not excessive - more at a human scale. And the accopanying history is very curious indeed!

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The gardens are worth it but the chateau really needs to be restored inside. And when they do the "candles night", they are not even able to protect the walls when they put the candles, so the walls are burned! Unbelievable!! I think that 16€50 is already expensive... and you still have to pay + 3€ if you want to... More 

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Auckland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We left booking Versaille too late and so took a daytrip to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte from Paris. It was a very easy drive, even from North West Paris - only took about an hour each way in a ZipCar. Points; - The grounds and architecture of the chateau are the key features here, the interior of the chateau is not... More 

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Tierra Verde, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This chateau is the one Versailles was patterned after and is well worth a visit. The audio guide is included in the visit. The chateau is outside of Paris and must be visited by car or through a tour operator.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Came here with my husband and we loved it! We took the train in from paris, and while that could have gone smoother, the payoff was well worth it! We bought our saturday night tix for the chateau ahead of time and skipped the line. When you walk in there are stables you can explore and theres a restaurant for... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We did the candlelight evening at the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte on Saturday. It was beautiful! The chateau is breathtaking, the grounds are beautiful & the food at Les Charmilles was very good! It was an incredibly romantic evening & I'm so glad we did this tour! I highly recommend it if you're looking for something special to do while you're... More 

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