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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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I first encountered Vaux 25 years ago as a student and spent days on the grounds measuring stairs and terraces in the garden for a research project. Memory from youth did not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I first encountered Vaux 25 years ago as a student and spent days on the grounds measuring stairs and terraces in the garden for a research project. Memory from youth did not disappoint and it is as wonderful as I remembered. This time was on a tour and two hours is far too short a time to explore the château... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I'm a bit hesitant in sharing this location, since it was so special. If you want to avoid the overcrowded Chateau experience of Versailles Château de Fontainebleau come here. There were probably no more than 50 visitors here during our weekday visit, and the grounds so spread out it seemed as if we were alone. My only advice would be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

there's an interesting story to this Chateau and the building and grounds are well worth a visit. We didn't have the crowds like we did at Chanonceau and we actually preferred this one. The grounds are worth the walk but for Euro 20 ( I believe) you can rent a golf cart. If you are up to the walk, do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Arriving by bike from the train station in Melun, we went past fields of barley and down a tree-lined highway, which led to a certain feeling of "depaysage" or "getting away from it all". The château itself is beautiful, with a fascinating history, and thankfully, the visit doesn't drag on and on. The gardens are a lovely, tranquil place to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We booked a small group tour from Paris for the candlelight tour and dinner at Les Charmilles overlooking the gardens. When we arrived, our group of 5 was told that there was no record of our reservation or payment and that we would have to eat in the self-service cafeteria. There was absolutely nothing they could do to help us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We took a day trip from Paris to see Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte - it was well worth it. It was an unguided tour (bus) where we were given instructions prior to leaving Paris for the sites, our tickets for the venues and audioguides, and sent on our way. The bus driver made sure that all were on the bus prior... More 

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Montreal, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great uncrowded place to visit. Best to take the TER and not the RER B as the latter can have security issues due to areas it stops at. The former train service has a direct train to Melun from which one takes a shuttle laid on by the Chateau. Cost 8 euros return. Shuttle service works great at the weekend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

We visited on a hot July Saturday afternoon and loved the entire experience. I recommend reserving the candlelit dinner in the garden, which is offered on Saturdays in the summer. The food was good, the view was great, and there's nowhere else really close to have a sit down meal, unless you want the cafeteria. Allow yourself an hour and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We did this as a combination tour with Fontainbleau with Paris Cityvision. The chateaux is beautiful and if you go to Versailles it is obvious that that the same architect and gardener was involved. Louis XIV built Versailles because he was jealous of his Finance Minister's chateaux. It is worth it to get the audio guide to know what you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Out of all I have seen; this chateau is really my favorite. In summer, the fireworks add a charm to the place that you shouldn't miss. A must do, and probably the best of the best. Enjoy it :)

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Address: 77950 Maincy, France
Phone Number: 01-64-14-41-90
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Seine-et-Marne  >  Maincy
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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