Château de Versailles
The Château de Maisons-Laffitte, a must-visit during your holiday!
Still relatively unknown to the general public, the Château de Maisons-Laffitte is generally considered an architectural masterpiece. With both its symmetry and spacious volumes, it is the worthy precursor to the Château de Versailles that would finally be completed several years later. So, who’s up for a little journey back through time?
Close nearby, between the Seine and the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest, enjoy a peaceful stay in a campsite right at the gateway to Paris and make the most of all the advantages it has to offer: water park, quirky accommodation, sports activities and entertainment for everyone... And all that just a few minutes from the centre of Paris! But for the moment, prepare to enjoy a feast for the eyes as you discover the Château de Maisons-Laffitte and all its little secrets...
Visit the Château de Maisons-Laffitte with the family
Grandiose, harmonious, flawless, the Château de Maisons is often considered to be the most accomplished of Mansart’s works. And you’ll soon see why! “Ooh” and “aah”, the youngest are already wide-eyed with admiration before such elegance: they’ll have no trouble at all in imagining themselves living the château life!
Our suggested itinerary: hire bikes from the campsite and head for the château by following the Seine. After your visit, around an hour, pedal just a little further and you’ll find yourselves in the vast Saint-Germain forest. So, how about a family picnic in the heart of nature?
Visit the Château de Maisons-Laffitte as a couple
Fancy taking the time for a gentle wander? Leave the kids in good hands at the campsite’s entertainment clubs and set off for a romantic visit to the Château de Maisons-Laffitte!
You’ll have all the time in the world to admire the impressive tapestries, refined engravings and remarkable furniture in each room of the château. And don’t hesitate to linger in the king’s apartment on the first floor! The sun is high in the sky? Then make the most of it to follow the banks of the Seine as you head back to the campsite. Or why not make the return journey aboard a little sailing boat or by standup paddleboard?
Camping Château de Maisons-Laffitte: our handy tips for a successful stay
Handy tip: Château Maisons-Laffitte is free to visit for all the children, fair’s fair for everyone!
Did you know? The architect who designed the Château de Maisons was none other than the great uncle of Jules Hardouin-Mansart who designed Versailles!
And did you know, again, that an exact replica of the Château de Maisons exists near Beijing, in China!
Fancy taking away a little souvenir of your visit? Have a look in the Château gift shop before your return to the campsite!