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.

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

Tours of the Palace

  • All year
  • Price: guided tour of the Palace, departing from Paris €89.  Guided tour of the Palace with audio guide, departing from Paris by coach (air-conditioning) €53. Self-guided tour of the Palace €20. Guided tour of the Palace and gardens with audio guide €35.

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

Tours of the Palace

  • April to October 2018
  • Price : €79

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

Tours of the Palace

  • April to october 2018
  • Price : €79

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

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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......

Château de Champs-sur-Marne

31 rue de Paris, Champs-sur-Marne, 77420

Just 18 km East of Paris, at the heart of an 85 hectare park, is the Château de Champs-sur-Marne. Built in the 18th century, its......

Domaine de Sceaux

Domaine départemental de Sceaux, Sceaux, 92330

The Musée du Domaine Départemental de Sceaux opened in 1973 in the middle of the Sceaux estate, and displays its collections in 4......

Château de Breteuil

Allée du Château, Choisel, 78460

35 km south of Paris in the Chevreuse valley, between Versailles and Rambouillet, the Château de Breteuil takes you on a magical......

Château de Bagatelle

Route de Sèvres à Neuilly - Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

In 1775, the count of Artois, brother of Louis XVI, acquired a small chateau built around 1720 in the Bois de Boulogne, and......

Château de Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard

Domaine de Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, 91940

This 18th century castle with its common, park, garden, stables, dovecote and trough form a beautiful architectural historical......

Domaine de Courson

Domaine de Courson, Courson-Monteloup, 91680

Located less than 35 km away from Paris, the Domaine de Courson, with its 17th century Château listed as historic monument and......

Domaine de Chamarande

38 rue du Commandant Arnoux, Chamarande, 91730

Located 35km south of Paris, this estate unites historical heritage and contemporary art. Art, architecture, design and botanic......

Château de Pierrefonds

Rue Viollet-le-Duc, Pierrefonds, 60350

Until the architect Viollet-le-Duc completed the restoration for Napoléon III, the château de Pierrefonds (end of 19th century)......