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Château de Maisons

The château that inspired Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles.

Largely dominating a bend on the River Seine, Maisons Château was built in the 17th century by the eminent architect François Mansart at the pinnacle of his artistic craft. This outstanding residence is one of the masterpieces of the period due to its majesty, symmetry, and balanced forms. Were it not for this château neither Vaux le Vicomte nor Versailles would exist. The château, which lies very close to the Forest of Saint-Germain, was built to receive the King. Louis XIV resided here on several occasions.

Exceptional opening: discover the château of Maisons and its small apartments! Come and visit these rooms, which are normally closed to the public, and see where Mansart, Lafayette, and Voltaire spent their days when they stayed here.

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Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese
Duration: from 45 min to 1 hr

Guided Tour
French, English

Audio-guide tour (free)
French, English, German, Spanish, Dutch

Lecture tour
tel.: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 30 - fax: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 31
Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Visits to the small apartments, terraces, secondary staircases,
attic rooms, moats and the underground passage
French, English

Private visit, with or without catering service,
outside standard opening hours
Reservation (Tuesday and in the evening)

Practical information

Opening hours


Last admission 30mn before closing time.
Subject to change

From 2 January to 15 May

Open every day except tuesday 10.00-12.30 / 14.00-17.00

From 16 May to 15 September

Open every day except tuesday 10.00-12.30 / 14.00-18.00

From 16 September to 31 December

Open every day except tuesday 10.00-12.30 / 14.00-17.00

Closing days


Maisons-Laffitte Château de Maisons
2, avenue Carnot
78600 Maisons-Laffitte
Ph. : 33 / (0)1 39 62 01 49Fax : 33 / (0)1 39 12 34 37
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 48.9475Longitude : 2.1532Plan your route


Line A, station "Maisons-Laffitte"


Train at Saint-Lazare station

By car

From Paris-La Défense : underground passage to Cergy-Pontoise, A 86, exit Colombes ouest, Bezons to Poissy by N 192 then N 308


Useful addresses:

Maisons-Laffitte Tourist Office
tel.: (33) (0)1 39 62 63 64

Yvelines Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)1 39 07 71 22

Île-de-France Regional Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)1 73 00 77 00

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