Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
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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 (on Saturdays from may to beginning of october)Easy access by train or by bus from paris.
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2-3 hours
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Dave-Ottawa-Canada
Ottawa, Ontario59 contributions
Oct 2021
The landscaped gardens by Andre Le Notre are a special treat, several hours are needed to complete the circuit up to the statue of Hercules. The audio tour of the chateau detailing the downfall of Nicolas Fouquet is very well done. Our favourite chateau, no crowds and an easy uber ride from the Melun RER station. Be sure to have some lunch from the garden kiosk before starting the garden tour.
Written October 19, 2021
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Chip1701
Plymouth, MN1,038 contributions
Sep 2021
We enjoyed our time at this chateau. (It is NOT Versailles in its scope or elegance (decadence), and I would strongly recommend that you visit Versailles if you only have time for one place.) The audio guide ($) was unique in that it offered a perspective about the house you wouldn't otherwise get. The gardens are gorgeous, even on a cloudy day. Lots of walking unless you want to rent a golf-type cart ($) to drive around. If you don't have a car, it is a train to a nearby town, and then a taxi or Uber to/from the chateau, as their shuttle service is not currently running. Note- order your tickets in advance online!
Written September 16, 2021
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Hello, We thank you for your feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Vaux-le-Vicomte. Even if Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles are not the same, Vaux-le-Vicomte is the château that inspired Louis XIV to build Versailles! Best regards.
Written September 16, 2021
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Local Y
Fairport, NY2 contributions
May 2019
Location of some scenes from James Bond film Moonraker '79
One has to imagine a time with no radio or TV. What does one do for entertainment? Walk in the Garden, Picninc and camp out in the back yard - Just larger yard.
We were there in 2002
Written April 2, 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA3,656 contributions
Aug 2019
Several things make Vaux le Vicomte exceptionally fun: the unique audio guide with actors dramatizing events in owner Nicolas Fouquet's life, the period music in some rooms, and the servant's quarters downstairs. Wonderfully conceived and put together, bravo! One thing, in the carriage house, the info boards are only in French, nothing in English. (We reserved the excellent and recommended "Paris City Vision, Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte Day Trip from Paris" with Dominique as our tour guide and Maxine as driver.)
Written February 26, 2020
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Hello and thank you for writing this very positive commentary! We are happy the surround-sound visit pleased you so much and wanted to reassure you about the Carriage Museum which is currently under study for a new visit circuit. Have a very nice day! Vaux-le-Vicomte's team
Written February 28, 2020
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Wally B
Rock Hill, SC96 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
I booked this with the Explorica agent I was using for my group of 44. This excursion was in leu of Versailles. What an excellent choice! Only a fraction of the cost (and only a fraction of the visitors). No mass of people being herded through a few halls.
The house was gorgeous. Self guided tour with a headset. The grounds were beautiful. I was actually in a couple places in the garden ALONE. The on-site museum was quite nice, showing carriages and tack from ages past. Nice shop at the entrance too.
I highly recommend this place. Much more enjoyable than Versailles.
Written January 17, 2020
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KAW687
London, UK1,919 contributions
Oct 2019
Glad we decided to visit. Free parking and no crowds. The English audio guide told the sad story of the man who had the Chateaux built and the rooms also had information boards in French and English. Some of the rooms are magnificent one can see why the King was envious. We had coffee in the gardens which are vast and impressive. There is also a carriage museum.
Written January 10, 2020
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Dreamersdoit
The Villages, FL389 contributions
Jun 2019
This is a remarkable chateau privately owned. The buildings are magnificent. The grounds are well maintained and great for walking. Our group did a historic picnic with about 1,000 other historically dress people.

We strolled the grounds, enjoyed the chateau and wandered around the fountains.

There is a restaurant on the grounds. Catered events are scheduled.

Celebrations are held there. Check the website for a list of events. Well worth seeing.

Such a shame if missed while in Paris.
Written December 26, 2019
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Jay Nordenbrock
1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Couples
We were unable to go because all the trains are shut down in Paris. I tried to contact the Château as well as the travel agency and no one would answer our calls. Really feel our money should be refunded.
Written December 9, 2019
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BMB1200k
Boston, MA5 contributions
Aug 2019
Worth the trip to see this chateau and it's lovely grounds.

Bring a picnic lunch of a baguette and a split of wine, to enjoy a picnic outside, on the grounds, before you leave.
Written November 29, 2019
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Ovidiana C
Romania700 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We were for the new christmass decoration of the palace, becouse my botfriend discoverd it !!
It was the second time, but believe it was like a new experience, different that our last 2 year before visit here.
My soul was delight, my brain passed again in the magic , fairtale french king’s world.
Nice arangements inside, inspired to feel natural warm from the fireplace, beatifull divine songs for chirstmass, wood smelling elegant inside the castles... very nice atmosphere!! Nice , perfect views with excelent christmass decoration completed the story atmosphere.
Outside in the night, superb lights in all the area and the castles is lighted like a nice dream !! Finally it was a great projection on the castle, unique seen by me in this life!!

Perfect afternoon!!!!
Written November 24, 2019
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