Before the arrival of Nicolas Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte was a mere territory that had only a small castle and some farms. It had only a few inhabitants. It is especially its strategic position that attracted the Superintendent of Finance, Nicolas Fouquet to buy this site in the seventeenth century. Concretely, this territory is right between the castle of Fontainebleau and that of Vincennes. At that time, Vaux-le-Vicomte is composed of two parts, one of which is constituted by the castle and the other by a farm. As for the castle, it is a drawbridge that connects Vaux-le-Pénil. The small castle is between walls and white water ditches. The other part concerns the farm or the farm of La Ronce.
Some historians have summarized the past of this site in three centuries of history. It took 20 years of work for Nicolas Fouquet to transform the stronghold of Vaux-le-Vicomte into a magnificent castle and the most beautiful gardens in the region, even in France. The success of the Superintendent comes mainly from his collaboration with the architect Louis Le Vau, Charles le Brun, who is a painter and decorator without setting aside the gardener André Le Nôtre. But, victim of a conspiracy of the king Louis XIV, Fouquet is imprisoned in 1661 and the castle was sealed and the king took possession of all that was inside the castle even of the garden. The wife of Fouquet could not recover it until ten years later.
After the death of Madame Fouquet's son in 1705, Vaux-le-Vicomte was put on sale, since that time, the castle has changed hands several times. The owners who have succeeded are: Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars in 1705, the Duke of Praslin in 1764. The descendants of the latter took care of the castle for a century, but after the estate were abandoned for thirty or so years. years. Then, they made it public auction and Alfred Sommier in 1875 became his new owner. The latter, who is a true art lover, restored the original beauty of the estate after it was abandoned and empty. Upon his death, his descendants, including Patrice and Cristina de Vogüé, continued the work of Alfred Sommier, which lasted more than 140 years. From there, the estate is a very interesting historical monument and attracts so many tourists especially between the months of April and October of each year. Doing so many historical tours is possible by booking a car service always on time.
Vaux le Vicomte nowadays
Vaux le Vicomte is an important tourist destination of the Ile de France thanks to its famous castle which is besides the most important private property of France. This site is an hour away from Paris.
Admittedly, the economy of Vaux-le-Vicomte revolves around the tourism sector but in recent years, the number of annual visitors is down as the case of so many other departments of France. As a result, the slight decrease in attendance compared with the two years before led to the suspension during certain moments of restorations at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Anyway Vaux-le-Vicomte is always interesting as it is a heritage recognized in France and to spread.
In 2016, the Vaux-le-Vicomte territory was flooded following heavy rains. As a result, the gardens were invaded by the waters and the foundations of the Grand Canal were destabilized. Fortunately, after the major works that cost more than 250 000 €, the gardens and the Canal could be rebuilt. In addition, historical monuments have also experienced some innovations lately. The most striking is the architecture of the castle. Indeed, the interior of the castle is now in double row parallel parts while before, the layout was of simple body type. In addition, the antechamber of the king has now become a library.
But so many come to Vaux-le-Vicomte to discover the castle, it is not less for those who come to attend many festivals. It is to be able to accommodate more visitors than parking by camper is now possible near the castle. In total, three motorhome areas are available near the site to accommodate campsites because with confidence and security. Always in the same quest, a bus shuttle bus is recently at the service of those who want to explore Vaux-le-Vicomte. This shuttle connects Chateau de Verneuil-l'Etang station every day from April to October. For those who want to go for a ride, know that we can see a private car rental service with English speaking driver.
What to visit in Vaux le Vicomte?
Vaux-le-Vicomte is worth a visit for any tourist who is passionate about history and discovery. Whether it's the architecture of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, its interior, its gardens and parks, they are all unique. As for the castle, it retains most of its medieval architecture except for the few changes made. It should also be noted that the visit of the castle is not only intended for adults. Indeed, children will surely find pleasure in disguising themselves as a musketeer or a princess who dates from the Great Century by renting costumes from ancient times. They will be happy to explore the whole castle without getting tired by renting 4-seater electric carts.
For lovers, the visit in the night by candlelight is also not to be missed in Vaux-le-Vicomte. As for the decor of the castle, nothing seems changed. It's as if Fouquet had only left him yesterday. The same furniture and decorations of the seventeenth century are still there. The Museum of Crews is also not to be missed in Vaux-le-Vicomte. Indeed, it contains a collection of superb vintage cars as well as various crews.
The park of Vaux-le-Vicomte is about 500 ha closed by a wall of 13 km. Its 3 km French garden is organized around a well-controlled perspective. The theatrical majesty as well as the abundance of water and all the design of the castle garden make it the work of a new art. Moreover, its carved trees, its immense basins, its multiple statues as well as its aisles which are very ordered. It is thus a French garden that preserves the architecture and landscape of the seventeenth century and uneven beauty throughout France.
Request an airport chauffeured service to go to Vaux le Vicomte
Vaux-le-Vicomte is located in the French commune of Maincy in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region. 24.7 km separates it from the Château de Fontainebleau and you have to drive 45.7 km to reach the César Tour in Provins. For information for those planning to make a transport from airport, know that it is 53.7 km from Orly Airport and 67.6 km from CDG Airport.
It is possible for us to pick you up at the airport, in fact agent will wait for you at the arrival aircraft door and drop off your luggage to your final destination.
We have different type of car used (luxury, prestige), and you can request a car service to do so much sightseeing, a limousine will wait at your door if you requested one.