"The Château des Lumières, a Versailles from Lorraine"

The Château de Lunéville is a masterpiece from Lorraine, commissioned by Duke Léopold I, who admired Louis XIV and his magnificent Palace of Versailles. On his death, Stanislas Leszczynski will magnify it thanks to a sumptuous wooded park.

The castle

La construction du Château des Lumières de Lunéville débute en 1702 et s'achève en 1723.


C'est le plus grand château de l'Est de la France avec plus de 21 000 m² de bâtiments.

The architecture

Ce chef-d'oeuvre de l'architecture classique a été conçu par l'architecte Germain Boffrand.

The gardens

Son jardin à la française et son parc occupent un espace de 19 hectares au centre de Lunéville.

Le château de Lunéville


Years of history




Years of renovations


hectares of parks and gardens

The castle


This castle is a masterpiece of the last two Dukes of Lorraine, Leopold I and Stanislas Leszczynski.

Wishing to withdraw from Nancy, it was in 1702 that the Duke of Lorraine Léopold I chose Lunéville to settle there with his court. Nephew of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King”, he admires him a lot and dreams of equaling him. He therefore had a sumptuous castle built there by Germain Boffrand, a replica of that of Versailles. The castle will remain his residence until his death in 1729. It was in 1737 that his successor, Stanislas Leszczynski, the new Duke of Lorraine, settled there, and found there a place where he could end his life peacefully. Despite the flames of January 2003, the castle has retained its 18th century appearance and remains a historical monument.

Opening hours of the restored rooms:

Free visits every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

The garden

"Les Bosquets"

An exceptional green setting, the grove garden surrounds the Stanislas castle.

The creation of this park dates back to the 18th century, but it is above all to Stanislas Leszczynski that Lunéville owes the splendor of this garden. Indeed, the latter, with the help of architect Emmanuel Héré, adorns the park with various constructions inspired by the Rococo style.

The numerous restorations have enabled the city to preserve this exceptional site.

Hours of operation :

October 1 to April 30: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 1 to September 30: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.