The gardens are always an integral part of any castle and the tastes and design reflect the taste of the owners over the years. Vaux-le-Vicomte had the best of them, starting with a fellow named André Le Nôtre.
The composition is perfectly proportioned and soothingly harmonious, with the gardens organised on a central axis. At Vaux, the axis passes through parterres, over basins of water, and into forests. Brilliant use of the landform allows many surprises. Yet the composition is balanced from every point of view. The garden was laid out for a rich financier, Nicolas Fouquet, and had many statues which Louis XIV removed after casting the owner into jail for being overly ambitious. Vaux was designed as place of show, and remains splendid for a day's promenade. Vaux fell into disrepair after Fouquet's arrest. Eventually, carefully restored and brilliant today under Voguê family.
The north-south perspective is the garden's dominant feature. From the north, where it begins, it descends towards the château, traverses it through three sets of captivating arches, extends to the south of the château in successive terraces, plunges down to meet the river Anqueuil which widens its course into a mirror, then rises sharply above the Grottoes to continue across the forest and on to the invisible horizon.
And everywhere, lots of water, which can be sleeping ponds or spurting out fountains, making a total of 20 acres in 24 ponds (40 in 1661).
Its a grand tour from the outside that ones appreciate even better the wonderful property and the castle.
This is a cinderella castle still in charge by descendants of Nicolas Fouquet ,the Vogue family, and help from the Min of Culture. Its one of the castle a must see especially arriving in Paris.
The castle is in Seine et Marne dept 77 east of Paris, and you can see how to get there on my transportation post here or see the official link
The folks (le Notre, Le Vau, le Brun) who created this castle came from already doing the one near Paris at Vincennes and went on to do Versailles, and before that Vincennes. Masters never to be repeated.
normal hours are open every day from 10h to 18h from March 17 to November 11 2012, and also open the May 1 and 8, July 14, August 15,and November 11. It will have special dates and hours for the Christmas season which you can find in the link below
another beauty of the Seine et Marne area, from which my wife comes from. We go there often, and the castle has an interesting story and that it is mantained in private hands by the comte de Vogue in association with the govt cultural ministry so it is open to the public.
Great fireworks event,and a dance of garments from the times of royalty that is very nice. the castle and gardens were done by the team of Le Vau, Le Brun and Le Notre that later did Versailles, but before did Vincennes near Paris. Great history, plenty written on it here, if need details let me know.
The best way to come here is by car, dept 77 Seine et Marne where my wife is from ::) we cruise the wonderful back roads and to Vaux-le-Vicomte n the D207 is no exception of beauty before grandeur.
First the castle is in the village of Maincy, The best way for visitors is to get a guide by www.viamichelin.com and a good map to compare. I do it from the west side of Versailles .
The main is to get on the A4 direction Metz, until you reach the N104 La Francilienne direction Pontault-Combault, past Brie Comte Robert it becomes the A105 but its same road,also known as the A5B, near Melun you take the road D82 or route de voissenon that goes around Melun sort of like a beltway, direction the village of Maincy but before you will signs for the castle on your left.
This is the mayor's office of Maincy talking about its wonderful castle
You can take the RER train or the train
you can take the train in Paris at gare de Lyon, direction Melun stop at melun
you can,also take the RER D from Chatelet to the gare de Melun, a bit longer time
from the gare de Melun take the chateaubus every day ( week-end ,holidays, and from April 7 to Nov 11 )you take the bus by the cafe de la gare or a taxi costing about 19€
you can have tours there from Versailles with
and from Paris vision
and see the instruction from the official site at Vaux le Vicomte
the castle is magical and the events there annually and over the year have been wonderful for me and the family;this is the region of my wife 's origins, so we always have come here and still do whenever possible from Brittany.
Every Saturday evenings from May 5 to October 5 2013 from 19h to midnight you have the show of chandelles; this is done every year about the same times; 2000 lights lit up the sky around the mythical castle.
Then ,after, the castle gets ready for the Christmas season. On November 30th and December 1st, on December 7th, 8th,14th and 15th, and from the 21th of December, 2013 to the 5th of January, 2014. Magical setting, christmas trees, crackling fireplaces and lights in the garden.
You should be well to try to plan your visit around these times, there are magical and memories will last forever.
This is a village town on the road D205 very famous for being the home of the castle Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Outside the castle you need to have a car, but its very picturesque sort like a painter's heaven, and my old area as my wife is from the region.
the bridge or pont de maincy where Cézanne did one of his work is awesome, as it is a visit to the mayor's office or mairie. The history of the lavoir or laundry places where folks came to wash their clothes is very nice historical places still kept. The village of Forges is nearby on the road D67, exit e Forges (Grande Rue), direction of Echouboulains, it gest its water from the Ru de l'Etang. or stream lake.
The one of Communal is right in Maincy, at Place Aristide Briand, along the rue du Lavoir.
Fondest memory: always nice to walk the pont de maincy or Cézanne as the painter did one of his best work on it. real country beauty near the castle.