One of our favorite family outings

The domain of Vaux-le-Vicomte

  • Did you know that this magnificent baroque masterpiece inspired the Palace of Versailles!
  • We like everything at the Domaine de Vaux-le-Vicomte! The visit of the castle with among others the King's apartments or the Grand Salon, the sumptuous French gardens designed by Le Nôtre, the museum of the crews...
  • It is a place where it is good to walk with the family and where children are particularly pampered
  • Activities and events are organized throughout the year at Easter, Christmas and during school vacations (not included in the entrance fee)
  • You can rent little costumes for the children during the visit of the castle

The immersive sound trail (included in the entrance ticket)

It is a spatialized sound journey to discover the fascinating history of Fouquet and the great characters who have marked the history of Vaux-le-Vicomte. You are equipped with a helmet with binaural sound or 3D sound (an absolutely amazing sound quality). Mini-sensors detect your presence in each room and the story is told to you on a journey (between 30mn and 1h30, depending on your movements from room to room). A feat of technology!


  • The sound trail is included in the price of the entrance ticket.
  • The adult itinerary: "The Fouquet Affair" will plunge you into the heart of the great hours of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. You will relive the intrigues between Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV, Le Nôtre, Vatel? This audio tour is available in French, English and German.
  • The young people's tour: "The fabulous story of Vaux" (written by the writer and playwright Timothée de Fombelle). Through a beautiful tale, children will discover the castle accompanied by the characters of Jean de La Fontaine, Fouquet's friend, and Panache, a squirrel (emblem of Fouquet) flying, the (imaginary) genius of the field? This audio tour is offered in French and English

These immersive sound trails were recorded by actors in period costumes and in the castle. You can hear the crackling of the fireplace, the creaking of the floor and the rustling of fabrics? A remarkable theatrical production. These two tours can be done simultaneously and at the same pace. This audio tour does not replace the audio guides (also included in the ticket price).

Vaux-le-Vicomte with children

  • Visit the castle in period costume  : you can rent period costumes for children (2 to 14 years old) and adults. Rental fee: 4 ? for children and 6 ? for adults.
  • The riddle booklet (one for 6-9 year olds and another for 9-12 year olds) runway games offered with the entrance ticket. They transform the visit of the castle and the gardens into an investigation of life in the 17th century.
  • The other games of the Fountain to enjoy the park: The Hare and the Tortoise, The Oak and the Bike, The Lost Moral : + More information on the other games of the Fountain

Vaux-le-Vicomte in family

  • Rental of electric carts  (20? for 45 minutes): very nice and practical to visit and move around the park and reach the statue of Hercules (at the end of the park). Guaranteed success with children and teenagers!
  • The Styx, the river of the underworld   (duration 1h30 approximately): it is a course, fun and interactive in the underground riverby Le Nôtre in 1654. Feet in the water, equipped with waders and headlampYou will have to overcome a series of tests of agility and logic in the company of a professional actor, around the text of Jean de la Fontaine " Les amours de Psyché et Cupidon ". For families (from 8 years old and minimum 1m30). Price: 60? per game for 2 to 6 players. Reservation strongly advised .

Major annual events

  • THE TRACKING GAME DURING THE EASTERN HOLIDAYS : the children will discover the life of the squirrel, emblem of Nicolas Fouquet
  • EASTER WEEKEND EGG HUNT: April 3, 4 and 5, 2021. More than 85,000 hidden eggs in the groves of the garden, Egg hunts for children every half hour and 5 adult egg hunts per day (without reservation). And also creative and gourmet workshops for children, including: engraving, face painting, activities on the theme of chocolate etc. (registration on site)
  • CANDLELIGHT EVENINGS  : every Saturday evening from June 5 to October 2, 2021. Vaux le Vicomte is famous for its candlelight tours and dinners. Every Saturday evening, from June to the beginning of October, the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte and the 33 hectares of gardens designed by Le Nôtre are lit by candles.
    The show is magical with more than 2000 candles flickering in the whole domain (park and castle).
  • THE GREAT CENTURY DAY : May 29, 2021. Visit the castle and the park in period costume. Elegance contests, exchanges of advice for the realization of costumes and lunches on the grass are on the program of this day placed under the sign of the aesthetics and the pleasure.
  • CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE: the enchantment settles in Vaux-le-Vicomte at Christmas. A show every day, dreamy decorations, a magnificent tree in the Grand Salon and hundreds of candles.

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