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“A small Versaille” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
77950 Maincy, France
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Maincy
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: 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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“A small Versaille”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Fantastic house and grounds.
Recommend this as a must if you are in the area.
Can see why Fouquet upset Louis XiV when he showed it off.

Visited November 2012
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“It's not open after November 11”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Even from outside the locked gates you can see that this is a small jewel of a place, well small compared to Versailles. It looks wonderfully maintained and I'll try to visit it again some time when it is open. It closed "for the season" on November 11 and will be open for a few scattered days in December, so check carefully before you go. Although disappointed, we carried on to Blandy-les-Tours, which is about 10 minutes away and discovered a wonderful castle with a moat, just like in the fairytales. It was open.

Visited November 2012
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“A treasure not to be missed Ian Thomas (Melbourne)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

This delightful chateau is a sight not to be missed. You need to allow almost a full day to appreciate the whole range of genius displayed in the design of the building and the magnificant gardens. This is the birthplace of the grand designs of Versailles and other grand palaces across Europe executed by the three masters of design Le Vau, Le Brun and le Notre. You can take an organised tour but we chose to do the local thing. We set out from our apartment on the Ile St Louis at about 8.00 am on a beautiful Autumn morning. We travelled by Metro to Gar de Lyon and caught the 8.48 am RER to Melun (about 40 minutes). The time of the train is important because this train connects with the local shuttle bus service which costs only 7 euro for a return trip. The drawback is there are only 4 services a day. But you have to be quick and also know that the bus departs from.in front of the local pharmacy across the road from the Melun station (not the regular bus station which is right at the station entrance). This tales you right tp the entrance of the chateau in time for the opening of the gates. We tok the self guided audio tour which is excellent and takes you to all the significant parts of the chateau and opens up to you the brilliance of the design. It takes almost 2 hours to tour the chateau (small though it is) to do justice to what is on display. By then you are in need of sustenance and the lunch in the cafe in the grounds is relatively quick, affordable and reasonable quality. You need to spend at least a further two hours walking through the incredible garden layout up to the statue on the top of the hill and look back to the chateau.

The return shuttle comes by the chateau at around 3.30 and connects with a return train to Gar de Lyon that gets you back into paris at about 5.00PM. A magic day when the autumn colours are in view and the sun is shining.

If you want a really exciting end to the day and you can afford it dinner at Le Train Blue - the restaurant at Gar de Lyon is another memorable experience.

The whole history of the chateau is interesting and encapsulates the romance and intrigue of French politics over a fascinating period.

This had to be the highlight of our last visit to Paris among many other highlights - including a visit to the newly restored Musee D'Orsay.

Visited September 2012
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“2400 candles & fireworks the most romantic place in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is THE most romantic thing we have ever done anywhere in Europe. viator travel picked us up at our hotel late in the afternoon on a Saturday , we wa
Ked arounf the candleit gardens( never dreamed they woild be candlelit too) ,then we had a delicous dinner and the toured the chateau( better then Versailles as far as I'm concerned) and then watched the fireworks from inside over the gatdens...fabulous! Two couples flew in from Nyc and LA to Paris fro a long weekend just to come to this.

Visited September 2012
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“Great, with caveats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

pick a sunny day, give yourself lots of time and enjoy a truly spectacular 17th century estate.
The landscape and placing of the buildings are awe-inspiring .Walk the grounds and view the chateau from many angles.
The interior is a bit less impressive.
The newly opened cupola provides great panoramas and lets one see the construction details and the wonderful work on the new slate roof.
HOWEVER, the website needs an update, There is no shuttle, and the town bus only runs on weekends.So, it is taxi which costs 20 to 25 euros each way. Walking isn't an option!

Visited October 2012
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