Escape Paris for a One-Day Culture Trip

Escape Paris for a One-Day Culture Trip

Do you have an extra day on your itinerary and want to venture outside of Paris? Or you’re simply feeling like you need a break from the city and not sure where to go? We got you covered. Check out these beautiful, historic escape destinations, all within one hour outside of Paris.

Vaux-le-Vicomte

Often overlooked by Paris visitors, the Vaux-le-Vicomte palace is a hidden historical gem and a masterpiece of architectural, decorative and garden design. The short distance from Paris (just under an hour by car) and its fascinating history are but two reasons to visit.

Why visit?
Built as a residence for Viscount Nicolas Fouquet, the palace attracted many patrons of the arts and nobility, including the king himself. Historically, the estate, with all its state-of-the-art amenities and its proprietor, dazzled and spoiled their visitors with rich culinary experiences and entertainment. In fact, the admiration was such that it proved to be too much for King Louis XIV. He took offence and had Fouquet arrested and removed from his property. The king then employed Fouquet’s architects and designers to build himself an even more impressive palace – the Château de Versailles.

How do I get there?
By car: 50 minutes | By shuttle provided by the castle.

Learn more about the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte on the English website.

Giverny

Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked in his home in Giverny for over 40 years, drawing much of his inspiration from his gardens, and creating many of his masterpieces in it.

Why visit?
To see Monet’s gardens, observe the famed water lilies that inspired so many of his works and stroll through the magnificent oasis that he created – climbing roses, fields of tulips, ponds, weeping willows, water gardens. Cross over the Japanese bridge, and you can almost see the painter himself, lost in the shapes and colors of nature, transforming his canvas with the stroke of a brush.

How do I get there?
Take a car, or even better, take the “impressionist” train from St Lazare train station (also featured in Monet’s paintings) to Vernon-Giverny. From there, walk or take the free shuttle bus to Giverny. The train journey will take about 40-50 minutes.

Learn more about Monet’s Gardens in Giverny.

Giverny

Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked in his home in Giverny for over 40 years, drawing much of his inspiration from his gardens, and creating many of his masterpieces in it.

Why visit?
To see Monet’s gardens, observe the famed water lilies that inspired so many of his works and stroll through the magnificent oasis that he created – climbing roses, fields of tulips, ponds, weeping willows, water gardens. Cross over the Japanese bridge, and you can almost see the painter himself, lost in the shapes and colors of nature, transforming his canvas with the stroke of a brush.

How do I get there?
Take a car, or even better, take the “impressionist” train from St Lazare train station (also featured in Monet’s paintings) to Vernon-Giverny. From there, walk or take the free shuttle bus to Giverny. The train journey will take about 40-50 minutes.

Learn more about Monet’s Gardens in Giverny.

Fontainebleau

Only a 40-minute train ride from one of Paris’ main train stations, Fontainebleau is a former royal abode that offers a wonderful opportunity for a cultural break and a relaxing promenade in nature.

Why visit?
To tour the former palace of French kings and stroll through its beautiful gardens and scenic forest. The palace offers a visit to the historic apartments and houses a museum with a collection of some 30,000 sculptures, paintings and other art pieces dating from the 16th to 19th centuries.

How do I get there?
By car or by train in about 40 minutes.

Learn more about the Château de Fontainebleau on its English website.

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