Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte - 77950 Maincy

77 - Seine-et-Marne


Before Versailles, there was Vaux le Vicomte !
Located 50 km southeast of Paris, Vaux le Vicomte offers the living experience of the 17th century.
Built in 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s Finance minister, whose tragic fate came about after an extraordinary party he threw for the young Sun King. Fouquet had the talent to reveal the 3 main artists of the time: the architect le Vau, the painter Le Brun, and the gardener Le Nôtre. These were the artists who the King later chose to construct Versailles. Owned by the de Vogüé family since 1875, each successive generation has devoted themselves to its stewardship.


Roof lantern/dome: From the ramparts, you can see the entire estate and the surrounding countryside at once, more than 25 m from the ground!

Architectural style

  • Louis XIV


  • Architecture
  • Arts décoratifs
  • Beaux-Arts
  • Bibliothèque
  • Dessins
  • Estampes
  • Mobilier
  • Objets d'art
  • Objets de la vie quotidienne
  • Objets du culte
  • Orfèvrerie
  • Peinture
  • Porcelaines
  • Sculpture
  • Tapis
  • Tapisseries
  • Textiles

Epoque des collections

  • Baroque (XVIe - XVIIe)


Vaux-Le-Vicomte is the founding example of the classical French garden. Thanks to Nicolas Fouquet, the famous gardener André Le Nôtre was able to manifest the true extent of his genius in 1641. He was the first to bring together the technical, scientific and artistic knowledge of his age on a grand scale to create a garden.

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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Car park/Parking
  • Coach park
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor tools

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Chinese

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English

Visitor tools

€3 : French, English, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese

Educational activities

Immersive 3D audio guide, adult and children's tour. Costume rental for children


The Château de Vaux le Vicomte offers several types of restaurants depending on the season.

Coach park


Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Daytime visit, no event: full price €17, reduced price €13.50.
Candlelit Evenings and Christmas at Vaux-le-Vicomte: full price €22, reduced price €17.50.
Visit during Easter events, 'Grand Siècle' Day, Cinema events: full price €18, reduced price €15.50.
See the website for the complete table of prices.

Guided tour

90 minute tour with an official guide (to be contacted by the visitor themself).

Group tour

20 people minimum

Free for young people and children

Under 6s (accompanied by their family)

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Amex
  • Chèque Vacances

Opening times

The estate is is open daily from 10am to 5pm from 1 April to 5 November 2023

Late opening

'Candlelit Evenings': Every Saturday from 20 May to 30 September and on Fridays in July and August from 5pm to 9.30pm (last access)

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • 1 May
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • Whit Monday
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November

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Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
77950 Maincy
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 64 14 41 90

  • RER - Melun
  • SNCF - Verneuil-l'Étang
  • From the Gare de l'Est, take the P train to the Verneuil-l'Étang station (on the departure board, choose a train in the Provins direction). One train every hour, journey takes 35 minutes. Then take a Châteaubus shuttle (in front of the SNCF station exit). It is possible to buy bus and entry tickets directly on the Château's website.

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Physical Physical

Access facilities

  • Reduced rates for disabled visitors on presentation of proof

Accessibility information

- Physical disibilty: car park with reserved disabled spaces, accessible toilets at the entrance to the estate, access to the Château via 30 steps, ground floor only.

More details on accessibility

Chateau in the same district: 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Chateau in Paris and in the Paris Region: Chateau

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