While not as widely known as Fontainebleau or Versailles, the 41,000-foot Vaux le Vicomte showcases an array of lavishly decorated apartments and bedrooms, a stunning double-height Grand Salon with embellished ceilings painted by Charles Le Brun, and its signature formal French garden with 26 ponds. Of course, there's also a moat and a carriage house full of period carriages.
A Brief History of Vaux le Vicomte
"On 17 August, at 6 o'clock in the evening,
Fouquet was king of France;
at 2 o’clock in the morning, he was nothing.”
Celebrating Vaux le Vicomte Today
Today visitors are welcome to step back in time to experience Vaux le Vicomte at its 1600s prime. On Saturday from May through the end of September, guests can enjoy a magical Candlelit Evening complete with a pop-up restaurant in the garden and a period character walking tour. There's also family dining and am exquisite champagne and macron option.
How to Get to Vaux le Vicomte
From Paris, it's easy to take a 1-hour train ride on Line P from Paris Gare de L'Est while disembarking at There's a cash-only shuttle available to the chateau. There are also coach tours available through Paris CityVision.
The Ultimate Way to Visit Vaux le Vicomte
If you'd like to see the chateau in a unique way, consider taking a hot air balloon ride high above the beautiful French countryside. Or, the ultimate and most extravagant way to visit Vaux le Vicomte is by helicopter. Imagine being whisked out of Paris on a private helicopter, landing at the chateau at dusk, savoring a gourmet 3-course dinner, to be followed by a limousine transfer back to Paris. What could be more romantic??
On Sunday, June 26th, 2016, Vaux le Vicomte will once again play host to it's popular Grand Siecle luncheon and fashion show event. Visitors can join in on the fun by renting period costumes, or just enjoy watching the carriage promenades, falconry and entertainment including minuet performances.
For more information or to make your reservation, visit Vaux le Vicomte.