The Vaux-le-Vicomte château

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Crédit photos de Nathalie Demeire et Tessa Green

Enter to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris to be full of emotions and inspiration.

The château Vaux-le-Vicomte provides an enchantment and a total immersion in a world apart, that of French life style, pomp, luxury and wonder. It was the scene for exceptional historical episodes such as the famous feast of August 17th, 1661 and the location of the most beautiful French films about the Great Century. It is the largest private property in France with its 500 ha, classified historical monument and pampered by the same family of owners since 1875.

The estate with its palace and gardens is the fruit of the inspiration and creativity of three great talents of its time: the architect Louis le Vau, the first architect of the King, the painter sculptor Charles le Brun, the founder of the Academy of Painting and the landscape gardener André le Nôtre, the general controller of the King’s buildings.

Enter the chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte and walk from a living room to another to experience the life of courtesans and politicians under the reign of Louis XIV. The apartments are richly decorated and furnished according to the original appearance of the palace, with luxury furniture and works of art from the 17th and 18th centuries. A real palace of fine arts, the Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau, still under construction, was already attracting artists from all over Europe and inspiring its visitors with the passion of the master of the house Nicolas Fouquet, for the arts and sciences.

The famous superintendent of finance, Marquis de Belle Ile, Vicomte de Melun and Vaux, who also wanted to become “Duke of Brittany and the adjacent islands”, aspired to be the king’s prime minister. Nicolas Fouquet’s fate was tragic, however, following the dazzling success of his brilliant political career and the day after the sumptuous celebration he gave to receive his king at Vaux-le-Vicomte. It attracts the king’s jealousy and anger. It is the exciting and incredible Fouquet affair that I invite you to discover during this tour, about a trusted man who becomes the scapegoat, a political action of great magnitude of the king who could no longer bear this man who became the “center”, too many people gravitated around him.

To visit the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte is indeed all about to go through 3 centuries and a half of history and let oneself be enchanted by the beauty and harmony of every detail, cultivate his gaze and spirit in the century of elegance and relive the stories of conspiracies and intrigues at the king’s court. During this visit we learn why the Fouquet family has the squirrel as heraldic emblem, how you get to the position of superintendent of finances under the old regime and how this great patron had inspired his artists to be so successful. We will also mention the live conditions under the Old Regime and the mysterious prisoner of Pignerol castle under the custody of Monsieur de Saint Mars: the famous Iron Mask.

In this extraordinary place which marked his time and the trends in architecture and painting of the coming centuries, place where met the Beautiful Spirits of his time such as La Fontaine, Corneille, Madame de Sévigné or Molière, we will walk in their footsteps and observe a precursor decor, a feat of architecture and daring innovations that inspired the king for his great project at Versailles. Vaux-le-Vicomte is undoubtedly a prefiguration of Versailles, a living testimony of the Great Century and the birth of royal absolutism in France. The visit of the Grands Appartements continues in the basement of the castle to reveal the kitchens and talk about the birth of French gastronomy.

To visit or revisit Vaux-le-Vicomte is also to appreciate the permanent care brought to the conservation and restoration of many elements every year, the quality of the welcoming and improvements in the tour conditions. It is also an opportunity to escape with family or friends, to enjoy many events at Easter, Christmas, the Big Century Day and the Water Games. The candlelight evenings offer a magical atmosphere for romantic dinners or a nice family time in the light of candles. Children will enjoy visiting the chateau dressed as princesses or musketeers, equipped with a game book to learn and to have fun. My guided tours adapt to the age of the children and to the demands of each family and group.

Duration of the tour 1h30 to 2h.

This tour is offered during the opening hours of the chateau, including candlelit Saturdays until 6pm and during the Christmas period. For available dates please contact me.

It is possible to have lunch on site and extend your visit to the Petit appartements and the Gardens of the château: the founding masterpiece of André Le Nôtre. A panoramic view of the whole estate is waiting for you from the dome, culminating point of the castle, at 25 meters height.

How to get to Vaux-le-Vicomte château from Paris by car?
Route 1: A4 (direction Troyes, Nancy, Melun) – N104 (direction Melun, Montereau-Fault-Yonne) – A5B – EXIT 14 VOISENON Route 2: A6 (direction Metz, Nancy, Melun) – N104 (direction Troyes, Melun, Savigny-le-Temple) A5 (direction Melun, Montereau-Fault-Yonne) – D82 Route 2bis: A4 – N6 (direction Troyes, Melun, Savigny-le-Temple) – A5 (direction Melun, Montereau-Fault-Yonne) – EXIT 14 VOISENON

The Vaux-le-Vicomte château is on 50 minutes driving distance from Paris, 20 minutes from Fontainebleau and 5 minutes from Melun

GPS: search for Maincy then château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. GPS coordinates (Lat x Long): 48.568727000, 2.713580000

How to reach Vaux-le-Vicomte by public transport? • From Paris Gare de l’Est, take the direct train Line P (in the direction of Provins). • Get off at the Verneuil l’Etang train station (direct trains every 60 minutes, travel time 35 minutes). • There is a “Châteaubus” shuttle to pick you up from the Verneuil l’Etang train station to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The shuttle is in front of the train station exit and leaves on time.

Soon! Bicycle path of 7 km will connect the Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau to the station of Melun.

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The start of the tour : La cour de l'Ecureuil, Vaux-le-Vicomte château, 77950 Maincy