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Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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Address: 77950 Maincy, France
Phone Number: 33164144190
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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 (on Saturdays from may to beginning of october)Easy access by train or by bus from paris.

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Skip the crowds at Versaille. See this inspiration for it.

Last time we went to Versaille walking through the Chateau was like the subway in new york city at rush hour. Definitely see Versaille but here the crowds are nonexistant. You can... read more

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Last time we went to Versaille walking through the Chateau was like the subway in new york city at rush hour. Definitely see Versaille but here the crowds are nonexistant. You can get here by train from Gare est station. We used our Navigo cards so there was no ticket. Google the card. If you're staying at least a week... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This Chateau (Palace) is still owned by 3 successive families, so this is private mansion and not all facilities open for public. The owners still live there at ground floor. There is no need to repeat once again the story of the palace, it is possible to easy read on-line or in other statements of travelers below. So I want... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a hot summer morning and there is no shade in the car park. Had wanted to visit this chateau for ages as it was built before Versailles and is much more intimate, with a fascinating history. The grounds are fabulous but beware Andre le Notre's wonderful perspective and don't try to walk to the statue of Hercules in... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has a very interesting history! It is actually the prototype for Versailles. The first owner was the kings treasury secretary(?) and a crook. He built this place to be the grandest palace in France at the time. It was and Louis was angry about it. He arrested the owner and hired his entire cast of architects and builders... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I do not know if I visited the Palace in a special day or if this is something that they do frequently but that day every person that was wearing a costume of the XVII century got a discount. It was surreal to see all this people wearing wigs and lavish costumes. The palace itself was beautiful and with furniture;... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vaux le Vicomte was a bit difficult to get to, but worth it. There are not the crowds that you have to deal with at Versailles, but the grounds are almost as beautiful and the house is very interesting. When we went most of the grounds were still closed so be sure to check what is opened and closed before... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The summer season marks the beginning of late night candle-light visits of Fouquet's palace. Lots to see and admire both inside and outside with or without a very helpful audio guide. Younger children are invited to don 17th costumes to feel more like princes and princesses of the time. A very enjoyable visit. The place also offers drinks and snacks... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. Top of the list for me personally. Maybe because it's just that little bit more tricky to plan. Here's my advice. If you travelling from Paris take the first train in the morning. Later and you will be rushing it. Chateau website has all the info. Then chateau bus, but go straight to "Blandy" spend 30 mins walking around... More 

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Saint Louis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the place that made LouisXIV jealous of its grandeur so he built Versailles. It has quite a history - typical political intrigue of the French monarchies. We arrived early June 2016 after the rains that flooded the Seine so the gardens were late in blooming and one part was not accessible as the creek had created a new... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Finance Minister under King Louis XIV, Nicolas Fouquet, greatly admired his sovereign. So much so that at the ripe old age of 25, Nicolas sought to emulate and impress his Majesty by building a lavish castle in his honour. Bienvenue au Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, mon roi. Unfortunately, the plan did not go to plan for poor Nick: rumour has it... More 

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