Château de Lunéville

Château de Lunéville

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

Château de Lunéville History

Chateau de Luneville courtyard

The Château de Lunéville was patterned after the Palace of Versailles and was built between 1703 and 1720. Later on, Poland’s dethroned king, Stanislas Leszczynski, set up a 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.

Chateau de Luneville interior

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.

Chateau de Luneville garden pavilion

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

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 Location

Château de Lunéville Address: Rehainvillier, 54300 Lunéville, France

Château de Lunéville Map

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