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Château de Lunéville

The Château de Lunéville is a castle situated in Luneville, Lorraine.

Château de Lunéville History

The Château de Lunéville which was patterned after the Palace of Versailles and built between 1703 and 1720. Later on, Poland's dethroned king, Stanislas Leszczynski, set up court here under a special deal with King Louis XV of France who also happened to be his son- in-law.

Stanislas was named Duke of Lorraine on the understanding that the duchy would pass to France after his demise.

When he died in 1766, of burns received after falling asleep beside the chateau's fireplace, Lorraine as a separate entity ceased to exist.

The Château de Lunéville had another moment of glory in 1801 when a peace treaty was signed there between France and Austria. But for much of its later existence it was a garrison for soldiers or a headquarters for the cavalry. It was badly damaged in fighting to liberate the area in 1944.

In 2003 a major fire broke out in the castle which destroyed the castle’s museum, chapel and reception.

Around the Château de Lunéville

Les Bosquets, the chateau's extensive gardens which come complete with fountains, statuary and flower-lined walkways, have been restored to their former glory.

The facade of the central building is still impressive and the equestrian statue of General LaSalle cuts an imposing figure outside the front entrance. But little of the original decoration remains in the few rooms open to the public as a museum.

Lunéville Castle Visitor Information

What to do & see

  • Explore the restored rooms and spaces of Lunéville's Castle - free or guided tour visits
  • Visit the museum's exhibits, courtyard and garden.

See more information about opening hours, tickets and guided visits on the official website.

Château de Lunéville Map

Château de Lunéville Address: Rehainvillier, 54300 Lunéville, France

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Click to enlarge - Photos © Alexandre Prévot
Chateau de Luneville
Chateau de Luneville courtyard
Chateau de Luneville interior
Chateau de Luneville stairs
Photos © Dalbera
Chateau de Luneville garden pavilion
Chateau de Luneville statue
Chateau de Luneville statues