Nicknamed "La Cité du Cheval", Maisons-Laffitte recently joined the very closed circle of the "Imperial Cities", as did its neighbor, Rueil-Malmaison, who created the brand. Located less than 10 kilometers from the hotel Les Terres Blanches, it is characterized by its historical heritage and of course, its equestrian activities.
A true architectural treasure, the Château de Maisons is one of the most beautiful works of the architect François Mansart. True to the classical French architecture of the 17th century, it was built for René de Longueil between 1640 and 1650. Witness to the history of the city, it demonstrates a modern and innovative character with its central vestibule and staircase up to date. There is also a permanent exhibition dedicated to the race horse and the history of horse racing in France. Around the castle, you will have the opportunity to walk in a green setting of 300 hectares. In 1833, following financial problems, Jacques Laffitte decided to create a holiday resort, luxury and pleasure that is today an important place of memory for curious visitors.
The Cité du Cheval boasts the largest horse racing circuit in the Ile-de-France region. Indeed, the racecourse of Maisons-Laffitte is made up of 37 configurations of races and a straight line of 2200 meters, the longest one in Europe. A plethora of races is organized every year, making the pleasure of experienced amateurs and bettors. The visit allows you to discover the areas reserved for jockeys and coaches, as well as the stables. Open to the public only a few days a year, the Maisons-Laffitte Training Center is the only one in Ile-de-France. Every day, 900 horses train at races and obstacles.
Located on the edge of the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Maisons-Laffitte invites you to walk with its 65 kilometers of equestrian trails. For the most passionate, the Conseil Départemental created eight equestrian loops spread over more than 450 kilometers across the department. These circuits allow discovering the natural and historical patrimony of the surroundings of the city.