45 minutes by car
The Château de Lunéville, owned by the Dukes of Lorraine since the 13th century, was built for Duke Léopold I 170 between 1703 and 1720 from plans by Pierre Bourdict, Nicolas Dorbay and Germain Boffrand. A masterpiece of 18th century architecture, the “Versailles Lorraine” was listed as a historic monument in 1901 for its chapel and in 1998 in its entirety.
The Château des Lumières is a formidable gateway to the 18th century, Grand Siècle Lorrain. The beauty of its architecture reminds us that it was at the heart of a true flowering of the arts, encouraged by the last Dukes of Lorraine. Faced with a Versailles imposed as a model on the whole continent, the building princes of Lunéville refused the idea of servile copying. Léopold and Stanislas each chose to open up this great project to various influences.
Admission: € 9 adult (€ 5 reduced price)