Some 45 minutes with the RER to Versailles you will find the magnificient palace and gardens of Versailles. This huge chateau was the home of the Sun King, Louis XIV. It is so very big, that if you want to see all of the palace and the surrounding grounds you will almost need a day!
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Le Palais de Versailles
I don't think a typical traveler would miss it when traveling to Paris. But it is far out of the way.
This is the king's home outside of Paris. Walk the grounds, the gardens (if you are lucky or well informed you might catch the fountain spectacle), the palace itself is beautiful but pricy to visit (you know if that stuff interest you enough), etc... Plan to spend the day.
To get there : Taking the RER is the only way to go. You avoid parking charges and won't get lost!
Review my Versailles travelogues for the fountains.
Outside Paris, on the south-east side, you can find a huge palace which once belonged to Louis XIV. The Sun King spend his life giving people orders to build the residence, the gardens and the little gardenkastle (partly paid by the treasury). The splendour of the building and its interior reflects the good and wealthy past times. More than 20.000 used to work for the king. On top of that: there were 35.000 people working on the building to finish it.
There are gaudy rooms, a mirror room, private chambers of Louis himself and neat gardens (100 hectare) to look at. Take your time and a tour to really be able to imagine the life in those days.
Versaille and the Louis XIV castel !
You have to take a look at the Castel and the gardens but do not leave without taking a walk in the town !!!
Just near Paris, 18 km, you can take the train from Monparnasse station to 'Versaille Chantier' or the RER C to 'Versaille Rive Gauche'.
More info : www.chateauversailles.fr
The Palace of Versailles. Maybe its not really off the beaten path but as its a little bit outside of Paris and you will need a car ... its at least a little bit off the path. Nevertheless it's absolutely worth a visit. Versailles is a 'should see' if you have been to Paris already and you want to see something new. The gardens are especially beautiful. there you can take a walk, rent a boat or just relax somewhere on the grass.
Please also see the pictures in the travelogue.
Versailles - Yes, it's also a must see, but it's off the beaten track, north-west of Paris. History buffs and romantics will love this attraction equally. The building's famous for the Treaty of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, gorgeous never-ending gardens, living quarters of French royalty, among others. www.chateauversailles.fr for more info.
Versailles – a must see. The enormous Château de Versailles was built in the mid-17th century during the reign of Louis XIV (the Sun King). Among the advantages of Vesailles was its distance from the political intrigues of Paris; out here, it was much easier for the king to contain and keep an eye on his scheming nobles. The plan worked brilliantly, all the more so because court life turned the nobles into sycophantic courtiers who expended most of their energy vying for royal favour.
This chateau essentially consists of four parts: the main palace building, which is a classical structure with innumerable wings, sumptuous bedchambers and grand halls; the vast 17th century gardens, laid out in the formal French style; and two out-palaces, the late 17th century Grand Trianon and the mid-18th century Petit Trianon.
I found this boldly nude statue lounging about from behind Versailles in front of this pond.
He looked comfortable. I don't know how he managed to look so cozy on such a cold day.
Take a day to wander around the palace grounds and the palace.. something I dont get to see everyday. Nice. (sorry.. cant seem to find words descriptive enuff..)
You should stop by this palace, it's definately a nice place to see history and beautiful architecture of the famous dynasty of the French royals. Look in the travel logues to see more pictures.
Mary Antoinette had this little rustic village built on the grounds of Versailles to amuse herself...so she could pretend to be a peasant. It's a nice spot within walking distance of the Chateau.
The chateau is nice, but the gardens and fountains on the property impressed me the most. Following the waterway and taking a right leads to the Trianon and Marie Antoinette's village.
Take a day trip to Versaille. Only about half an hour away from Paris. Here you will find beautiful gardens, and palaces! It's a very wealthy area, so you might just feel like a King or Queen! :)
The Palace of Versailles is another place people tend to miss when visiting Paris. This again is situated on the outskirts of the city. The gardens are breathtaking!
Close to Paris, you can visit this wonderful palace.
Le PALACE DE VERSAILLES.Is very easy to go, if you use the metro,about 15 minutes.