Spanning nearly 500 hectares (1,235 acres), the Vaux-le-Vicomte estate forms a unique ensemble. Fruit of Nicolas Fouquet’s bold vision, it is a living testament to France’s ‘Grand Siècle’, the 17th century.
This winter, for our event “Vaux-le-Vicomte celebrates Christmas”, enjoy the estate throughout the day! You will find here an example of a typical day to refer to and our staff’s advices:
11 AM: Arrival on the estate
11.15 AM: Visit of the château (freely or with an audioguide available in 9 languages, 3€ per person)
12.30 AM / 1 PM: Lunch time at the Le Relais de l’Écureuil (no booking required) or picnic in the garden
2 PM: Visit of the garden by foot, by renting a golf-car or thanks to horse-drawn carriages!
4 PM: Visit of the Carriage Museum (decorated for the second year in a row!) and snack at one of our Christmas Kiosks!
5 PM: Before leaving, don’t hesitate going back in the gardens for a nocturnal discovery of the enlightened garden or to visit the estate’s giftshop!
|NEW! This year, enjoy a fast access to the estate!
Purchase your tickets online on our official website and print them to access the estate faster during rush hours! (Printing is mandatory to benefit from this specific access, tickets cannot be shown on Smartphones or tablets.)
(Important: this system is implemented only during week-ends and holidays. In order to avoid the crowd, we still strongly recommend to visit the estate from Wednesday to Friday and/or before 2 PM.)
Did you know? All illuminations are turned on at 11 AM! Inside the château, shutters are closed to enjoy the lit up rooms at any time of the day or night. Besides, to visit the entire garden, we recommend to plan a day visit before enjoying the exterior enlightenments in the evening…
Guided visit of the château
For safety reasons and for the convenience of all our visitors, we don’t propose guided tours during our event “Vaux-le-Vicomte celebrates Christmas”. However, the audioguide rental in 9 languages remains available every opening day (3€ / person).
Next guided tours will be organized at the estate’s reopening in March 2019.
Visit the château
The visit of the château is organized around four levels, decorated and furnished as if Nicolas Fouquet and his family had recently left the place. It is composed of Nicolas Fouquet’s private apartments on the first floor, followed by the ceremonial salons on the ground floor and the staff rooms and kitchen in the basements. The exhibition “André Le Nôtre at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the seminal work of French Formal Garden” closes the visitor circuit. Option (3€): Visit the framework of the dome, culminating above the château and discover a 360° breath-taking view all around the estate.
Important: Vaux-le-Vicomte being a classified and protected Historic Monument from the 17th century, it is unfortunately difficult to access for physical disabled persons.More information (in French) HERE.