Description: The magnificent Palace of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a delight to visit at any time of the year. There is much to see and do, not least in the splendid Le Nôtre designed gardens. The château was the inspiration (by the jealous Sun King, Louis XIV) for the Royal Palace at Versailles which gives some indication of its grandeur and opulence. Special events are held throughout the year – check their web-site for details.

Location: 77950 Maincy, on D215, 6km NE of Melun (55km SE of Paris).

General Description: Open March to November, closed Wednesdays except in July/Aug. The summertime candlelight visit is magical and can be enjoyed from May to October. The Château is closed between 13.00-14.00. Prices: Adults €12.50* and children aged 6-16 €10*. €39* for family of 2+2.

Website:, tél: 0(1) 64 14 41 90.

Our Recommendations: Make a day of your visit and in good weather picnic in the park or else enjoy an excellent lunch at the Restaurant l’Ecureuil.

For the children: Obtain the English booklet ‘The Great Mystery Game’ at the main Château entrance whereby children can search for clues regarding the life of Fouquet and the history of Vaux-le-Vicomte during their visit. Also visit the Dôme for splendid views over the grounds (age restrictions apply).

*please note that prices are subject to change, so check the providers’ official website for latest information

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