European Heritage Days 2020 at the Château de Maisons-Laffitte (78)

Published by Anne-christine C. · Photos by Elodie D. · Published on 4 September 2020 at 10h10 · Updated on 14 September 2020 at 22h08
For European Heritage Days on Saturday September 19 and 20, 2020, come and discover the Château de Maisons-Laffitte – this magnificent castle built by Jean Renée de Longueil for king Louis XIV.

For European Heritage Days, the Château de Maisons-Laffitte has a few surprises in store for September 19 and 20, 2020! This wonderful house at the edge of the Saint-Germain en Laye forest has been designed by Jean René de Longueil, a strategic location, that happens to be on the exact way leading the king from the Château du Louvre to the Château de Saint-Germain en Laye. The idea is genius: meeting the king and offering a short break on his journey.

The noble called in Mansart to build the castle and is inaugurated in April 1651 during a party in tribute to the young Louis XIV. With this strategy, Jean René de Longueil hopes to get the good graces of the king. He even goes to reserve him a wing of the building with the King’s Apartment including a ballroom created for the Sun King, as well as a bedroom featuring a ceiling made of layered cupolas.

For this weekend, children can take part in workshops-tours focusing on rococo, while adults break the secrets of over 300 years of history with aficionados knowing the Château de Maisons in every single detail.

On the menu:

  • Workshop-tour "La Magie du Rococo" Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    For 90 minutes, children travel back in time with a host. Here they are diving into the rococo universe of the 18th century. They evolve in play backgrounds and find inspiration to create their own illusionist and rococo pop-up. - Children from 7 to 11 years old, mandatory booking on Château de Maisons website.

  • Points Paroles Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Treat yourselves to a tour of the Château de Maisons alonsgide people who know it the best in order to discover all its secrets. The tour is paced by mini conferences with the Société des Amis du Château de Maisons, and writers of the latest book on the château "Le Château de Maisons de la résidence aristocratique au monument historique".

There you go for a fantastic family outing!

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020



    2 Avenue Carnot
    78600 Maisons Laffitte

    RER : ligne A, station Maisons-Laffitte
    SNCF: train depuis Saint-Lazare
    De Paris-La Défense : souterrain direction Cergy-Pontoise, A 86, sortie Colombes ouest, Bezons direction Poissy par la N 192 puis la N 308


    Recommended age
    For all

    Official website