Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • BobxxxxCindy
    North Palm Beach, Florida1,651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pair with Foutainbleu for a full day
    I would give a 6 if that was a choice. Chateau property is immense. On the way in you see the largest collection of horse drawn conveyances I have ever see , All in perfect condition. There is tack room that has probably 40 sets of matched tack for horses. All perfect. The house is immense with room after room of period furniture. An excellent electronic guide is included. Based on the parking available this place is over the top popular in the summer.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • MarylandMel
    Fairfax, Virginia60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Bit of a Trek, But No Crowds!
    We wanted to see one of the chateaux, but we did not want to battle the legendary crowds at Versailles. Vaux-le-Vicomte is a little more difficult to get to compared to some of the other chateaux (train out of Paris and a 15 minute taxi/Uber ride), but it is well worth the trek! We arrived around 10:30 and had it almost to ourselves - in the middle of July! There is a great audio tour included with your ticket told from the perspective of those that built and lived in the house. The gardens are absolutely beautiful! If you don't want to walk all of them, there are golf carts you can rent to get to the far outreaches. Note that there are two restaurants on the grounds. While we were there, only one was open. While it was not crowded, just be aware and prepared that there are not other restaurants close by.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • WardenRon
    Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom665 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing that it is not crowded
    This splendid and historic building ought to be a tourist honey-pot. As it is not one can really enjoy it without massive crowds. I don't generally "do" stately homes, but this building and its grounds are a masterpiece that must look much as it did when it was built in the seventeenth century; and has a fascinating history to with it. And one should not miss the museum of horse (and mule) drawn carriages in the stable block. It also has a very good gift shop With a little planning it can easily be visited as a day or half-day trip from Paris in summer when the (occasional) shuttle bus is running from Melun station. But you do need to check the times and not just trust to luck if you do not want to be ripped off by the taxi touts at the station.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Lastminute47
    Maryland45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it
    We visited this on same day as Fountainbleu and it was a great contrast. We were there late in the day and opted to just use a golf cart to tour the stunning gardens. Even with the cart it took almost an hour. Unlike Versailles and Fountainbleu, the chateau and gardens have never been added onto so that the original design is intact. And the aesthetic appeal is stunning. All with no crowds.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chateau during Le Grand Noel
    Visited for Le Grand Noel festivities and it was a wonderful visit. The light shows, decorations, and setup were excellent. Be sure to book entry tickets ahead of time whether coming for a standard visit or a special event/festivity. Bathrooms onsite and parking was free. Bring good walking shoes. Much of the outdoor area wouldn't be the best for wheelchairs or strollers - bring a baby bjorn for small kids as the loose rocks and cobblestones won't work well for strollers. Staff were friendly and polite. The chateau is notable in size, and a site of many movie scenes, and the surrounding gardens were great to visit. Nighttime light show was absolutely worth it. A very enjoyable visit. Gift shop on the way out as well. Highly recommend.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Frederika1234
    Nice, France40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magic Christmas at the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte
    We loved the Grand Noel theme event that takes place in December every year. Beautiful magic atmosphere with classy Christmas decoration indoors and lights in the garden. It is 40km south east of Paris, we took the train to Melun and a taxi to Maincy. They have also tourist shuttles that you must book in advance from the Melun train station to the castle.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
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Chip1701
Plymouth, MN1,075 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

RM
London, UK128 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
The castle is beautiful and the area too.
However during the night illuminations they close the first floor and they don't inform people about it neither on the website when you buy the tickets nor onsite.
So we realised once inside the castle that we didn't have access to the fist floor because of the illuminations
The ticket price is quite pricey which I think it's worth if you stay to see the illuminations or you have access to the first floor.
We didn't stay for the illuminations because it starts late and we had young kids with us.
So not worth the price if you don't have access to the whole castle.
I felt like I paid the full price to see half if it.
Written February 20, 2022
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MarylandMel
Fairfax, VA60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We wanted to see one of the chateaux, but we did not want to battle the legendary crowds at Versailles. Vaux-le-Vicomte is a little more difficult to get to compared to some of the other chateaux (train out of Paris and a 15 minute taxi/Uber ride), but it is well worth the trek! We arrived around 10:30 and had it almost to ourselves - in the middle of July! There is a great audio tour included with your ticket told from the perspective of those that built and lived in the house. The gardens are absolutely beautiful! If you don't want to walk all of them, there are golf carts you can rent to get to the far outreaches.
Note that there are two restaurants on the grounds. While we were there, only one was open. While it was not crowded, just be aware and prepared that there are not other restaurants close by.
Written July 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WardenRon
Kingston upon Thames, UK665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This splendid and historic building ought to be a tourist honey-pot. As it is not one can really enjoy it without massive crowds. I don't generally "do" stately homes, but this building and its grounds are a masterpiece that must look much as it did when it was built in the seventeenth century; and has a fascinating history to with it. And one should not miss the museum of horse (and mule) drawn carriages in the stable block. It also has a very good gift shop
With a little planning it can easily be visited as a day or half-day trip from Paris in summer when the (occasional) shuttle bus is running from Melun station. But you do need to check the times and not just trust to luck if you do not want to be ripped off by the taxi touts at the station.
Written August 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Visited for Le Grand Noel festivities and it was a wonderful visit. The light shows, decorations, and setup were excellent. Be sure to book entry tickets ahead of time whether coming for a standard visit or a special event/festivity. Bathrooms onsite and parking was free. Bring good walking shoes. Much of the outdoor area wouldn't be the best for wheelchairs or strollers - bring a baby bjorn for small kids as the loose rocks and cobblestones won't work well for strollers. Staff were friendly and polite. The chateau is notable in size, and a site of many movie scenes, and the surrounding gardens were great to visit. Nighttime light show was absolutely worth it. A very enjoyable visit. Gift shop on the way out as well. Highly recommend.
Written December 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Local Y
Fairport, NY1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Frederika1234
Nice, France40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We loved the Grand Noel theme event that takes place in December every year. Beautiful magic atmosphere with classy Christmas decoration indoors and lights in the garden. It is 40km south east of Paris, we took the train to Melun and a taxi to Maincy. They have also tourist shuttles that you must book in advance from the Melun train station to the castle.
Written January 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Peter B
Cincinnati, OH421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Vaux le Vicomte is an excellent, half-day alternative to Versailles. The home is much smaller, but the garden is maybe half the size, and the crowds are 95 percent less. You can enjoy the visit and not worry about negotiating the masses.

The audio guide is the best I've encountered. It is much more of an historical narrative than a documentary.

It is worthwhile to rent a golf cart to get around the huge garden.

Getting there on your own may be a challenge, but there are day tours from Paris that navigate the country roads.
Written June 5, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello, We thank you for your interest for the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and the 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 June 29, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BobxxxxCindy
North Palm Beach, FL1,651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
I would give a 6 if that was a choice. Chateau property is immense. On the way in you see the largest collection of horse drawn conveyances I have ever see , All in perfect condition. There is tack room that has probably 40 sets of matched tack for horses. All perfect. The house is immense with room after room of period furniture. An excellent electronic guide is included. Based on the parking available this place is over the top popular in the summer.
Written June 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lastminute47
Maryland45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We visited this on same day as Fountainbleu and it was a great contrast. We were there late in the day and opted to just use a golf cart to tour the stunning gardens. Even with the cart it took almost an hour. Unlike Versailles and Fountainbleu, the chateau and gardens have never been added onto so that the original design is intact. And the aesthetic appeal is stunning. All with no crowds.
Written September 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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