The Chateau of Vincennes was the out-of-town residence of Kings before the remodeling and permanent royal removal to Versailles. King Louis XIV had wanted to renovate this 13th century palace into his royal residence before he turned all his attentions to Versailles.
The story goes that France’s treasury was being drained and the country’s finances mishandled, the king started to get suspicious of the Royal Treasurer, Monsieur Fouquet. One evening the entire court, including the King, was invited to a party at the Vaux-le-Vicomte, Fouquet’s estate. After the party, the King had Fouquet arrested and sent to the keep at Vincennes. The King was certain, after seeing such lavish luxury at Fouquet’s estate, that the treasurer was stealing from the treasury. He abandoned Vincennes and with the architect, decorator and landscaper of Vaux-le-Vicomte, he turned his attention toward Versailles.
The Chateau de Vincennes, although it can’t rival Versailles, it still had it share of drama. Rumor has it that Monsieur Fouquet, Vincennes famous prisoner, was the legendary Man in the Iron Mask.
You can get to the Chateau de Vincennes by the number 46 bus, which picks you up right in front of the hotel and takes about five minutes.