Discovering the Chateaux of the Paris region

With an incomparable history, the Paris region has numerous chateaux to discover, some of which are exceptional heritage sites.

So why not go off on a romantic escapade or take the family for a day out and imagine yourself as a 17th-century squire as you explore the magnificent chateaux in the vicinity of Paris?

Visit the Palace of Versailles, famous for its Hall of Mirrors, gardens and the Grand Trianon, or the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, which inspired Versailles, or the Château de Chantilly with its huge forested estate or the Château de Fontainebleau, along with many other superb historical monuments just a few kilometres from the French capital.

Open throughout the year, they offer Parisians and visitors the opportunity to travel through the history of France and discover the treasures of cultural heritage in the Paris region.

All the offers around the castles in Ile-de-France :

Château de Versailles 

Château de Versailles - Spectacles grandes eaux musicales

The former hunting lodge of Louis XIII, the Palace of Versailles became the seat of French government in the 18th century. From the time of Louis XIV to the French Revolution, the Palace underwent many refurbishments, carried out by the three subsequent kings.

The splendid Palace gardens, a masterpiece of landscaped design by the king’s landscape gardener André Le Nôtre, the Hall of Mirrors with its 357 mirrors, the Grand Trianon and its little rose-pink palace, and the King’s State Apartments are not to be missed on a visit to this renowned historical site, which was given Unesco status 30 years ago.

Also of note, in summer many special events are held in the grounds of the Palace: the Musical Fountains Show (from April to October) and the Fountains Night Show (from June to September). For these two major events, expect to see an amazing setting and show!

Château de Versailles
Établissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles
78000 Versailles
RER - Versailles - Rive Gauche

All the offers around the Palace of Versailles

Château de Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau - extérieur et parc © Fotolia

Situated to the south of Paris, the Château de Fontainebleau occupies an important place in the history of France. This jewel of French heritage has been occupied by Royal and Imperial courts from the Capetians to the Valois, the Bourbons, Philippe d’Orléans and Napoleon III…  Each succeeding sovereign has left the imprint of their time on the Palace, from Italian influences to French tradition, from François I to Napoleon III, from the medieval style to the Renaissance, up to the Second Empire.

Among the highlights of a visit to the Château de Fontainebleau: the 4 museums  that have been onsite since the 19th century, the 3 chapels adjoining the Chateau, the exceptional works of art with which it is decorated, not to mention the 4 courtyards and 3 gardens that enhance this huge residence. An escapade full of cultural enrichment!

Château de Fontainebleau
Palais National
77300 Fontainebleau
SNCF - Fontainebleau - Avon

Château de Fontainebleau - Self-guided tour: €13

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte - Façade, Paris © Lourdel - Chicurel

A masterpiece of mid-17th century classical architecture, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a grandiose private property that has belonged to the descendants of art collector Alfred Sommer since 1875 and which is a listed historic monument.

Nicolas Fouquet, Superintendent of Finance of Louis XIV, commissioned the most important artists of his day – the architect, Louis Le Vau, the landscape gardener, André Le Nôtre, and the painter Charles Le Brun – to create this gem of French patronage, which provoked the jealousy of Louis XIV and which served as a model for the Palace of Versailles.

During your visit, don’t miss: the private apartments of Nicolas Fouquet, the ceremonial salons, the great kitchen as well as the magnificent 35-hectare French-style garden of sculpted shrubs, expanses of water, splendid multi-coloured flowerbeds …

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
77950 Maincy
RER - Melun

Château de Chantilly

Domaine de Chantilly - paysages

Lying within the heart of one of the largest forests on the outskirts of Paris, the Chantilly Estate is home to one of the most beautiful chateau and estates in France – the work of the Duke of Aumale, son of the last King of France - as well as the Condé Museum, which houses paintings by artists such as Raphael, Fra Angelico, Poussin, Ingres and Delacroix, the 18th-century grand stables and the Musée du Cheval (Equestrian Museum).

Considered one of the jewels of French heritage, the Chantilly Estate welcomes thousands of visitors every year: people fond of horses, history or of the pleasure of an unforgettable stroll through the 115-hectare Estate.

Château de Chantilly
7 rue du Connétable
60500 Chantilly
RER - Chantilly - Gouvieux

Visit to the Chantilly Estate: €17

Châteaux of Vincennes and Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet - Façade, Paris

Two other castles, managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux, can be discovered.

The château de Vincennes, its keep, its chapel, its fortress architecture...

The château de Rambouillet, its Chaumière aux Coquillage, the Queen's Dairy...

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, 77950

The estate of Vaux-le-Vicomte is the fruit of a creative and passionate mind, that of Nicolas Fouquet. To build his home, he......

Château de Chantilly

7 rue du Connétable, Chantilly, 60500

The Domaine de Chantilly extends across 19,000 acres within one of the largest forests in the surrounding areas of Paris,......

Château de Vincennes

1 avenue de Paris, Vincennes, 94300

A royal residence on the edges of Paris. The Château of Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and......

Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet, Rambouillet, 78120

A furnished château in which the “Appartement d’Assemblée” is decorated with superb rocaille wood panelling. Over the years the......

Château de Fontainebleau

Place du général de Gaulle, Fontainebleau, 77300

The residence of 34 kings and two emperors, Fontainebleau is the only château that was lived in by every French monarch for......

Château de Versailles

Place d'Armes, Versailles, 78000

Together with its gardens, the Palace of Versailles is one of the most famous world heritage monuments. The ensemble traces the......

Château de Maisons

2 avenue Carnot, Maisons-Laffitte, 78600

A 17th century chateau, built by François Mansart for René de Longueil, who went on to be Louis XIV's Superintendent of Finances.......

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, 92210

Overlooking the Seine and Paris, the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud offers fans of garden art, a 460 hectare park designed by Le......

Domaine de Grosbois

Domaine de Grosbois - Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, Boissy-Saint-Léger, 94470

Since 1226, Grosbois has been part of the royal estate, with King Jean II Le Bon having built a chapel dedicated to Saint......