Take your inner aristocrat out for a walk, with a visit to the jaw-dropping grandeur of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Wander the ornate halls with refined dignity, stroll the sprawling manicured gardens (spare a thought for the gardener), and refine your idea of expensive taste!
Thinking about building a grandiose palace surrounded by vast manicured gardens? Get some inspiration at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte! This is where the Palace of Versailles was dreamed up, and ooh la la, it's obvious!
Explore this extravagant Baroque masterpiece at your own pace, or with an audio guide that will fill in every decorative detail of the palace's opulent facade, lavish rooms, formal French gardens and Carriage Museum.
Drink in the dramatic views across the gardens from the enormous dome, make some interior design notes in the King’s Room and the Grand Salon, and see where decadent royal banquets were cooked up in the basement kitchens.
Just try not to imagine what the monthly heating bill must be.
Landscape architect André le Nôtre designed many of the gardens' features to be narrower at one end, so they actually appear smaller than they are. This way the visitor is perpetually surprised by the actual size. This trick doesn't show up in photos - it has to be experienced in person!
Take the train line P from Paris Gare de l'Est to Verneuil l'Etang (35 minutes travel time), and continue from there with the shuttle bus ('châteaubus') to the castle (bus ticket must be paid in cash).
Tickets for Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte + Audio Guide