Versailles Things to Do

  • Fountains at Versailles
    Fountains at Versailles
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  • Fountains at Versailles
    Fountains at Versailles
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  • Fountains at Versailles
    Fountains at Versailles
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Versailles

  • 1. The Palace of Versailles

    One way to deal with the enormity of the Versailles Palace is to think of it as a gigantic psychogram of Louis XIV. On the one hand, he was a Renaissance man with a keen interest in Greek and Roman...

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  • 2. The Hall of Mirrors - La Galerie des Glaces

    Behind the Hall of Mirrors, symbol of the power of the King stands the remarkable project manager Charles le Brun (1619-1690). A French tourism official said that tourists are coming to France to see...

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  • 3. Gardens

    After visiting the interior of the Palace, you exit into the gardens of Versailles. The gardens were designed between 1661 and 1700 under the reign of Louis XIV and covers 90 hectares, the garden and...

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  • 4. Grand Trianon Castle

    I always liked malachite (hydrated copper carbonate if my mineralogy souvenirs are right), it is thus with great pleasure that I discovered this “Salon des Malachites” in the right wing (room n° 13)...

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  • 5. Basins, Fountains and Statues

    The one big disappointment when visiting Versailles for me was not being able to see the fountains working. Seeing them amidst stagnant water is all right, but it's amazing to see them in all their...

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  • 6. Petit Trianon castle

    The comparison between the relatively modest room of the queen at the Petit Trianon and the royal apartments of the Palace of Versailles is striking. The small dimensions of the bed of the queen in...

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  • 7. Hameau de la reine

    The Hameau of Marie Antoinette is nice, secluded simple, country, and spent many many times walking around it, just looking at its history. The history very much better explained is here officially...

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  • 8. Grands Appartements du Roi et de la Reine

    After visiting the grandiose Gallery of the Mirrors one might have gained the impression that the king passed the essence of his time in receptions and festivities. The image is incomplete. Beside the...

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  • 9. Apollo Fountain

    The fountain sits in a basin between the Tapis Vert and the Grand Canal. It symbolizes the Sun King (Louis XIV) by using the Sun God (Apollo) as the center of everything. Apollo is emerging from the...

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  • 10. Galeries de l'Histoire de France

    The HALL of BATTLES is the largest room of the palace with 120 m of length and 13 m width. Under Louis XIV this South wing consisted of princely apartments on the first floor and apartments for...

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  • 11. Royal Chapel

    One could think making a count of the number of royal mistresses and bastards (of whom the king took very well care) that the daily presence of the king at the mass in the royal chapel was a question...

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  • 12. market of Notre Dame

    yes its the best, and I have been to all of them, after almost 10 years living in the city, its not just a shopping experience but a visit a must for all visitors as well as residents. The freshest...

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  • 13. Saint-Louis Cathedral

    This was the Cathedral that was not, and the king wanted. Name after Saint Louis ,king Louis IX. IT was blessed on August 1754, chosen by the new powers after the French revolution and finally chosen...

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  • 14. Parterre

    The parterre is the last stop on Louis XIV's garden tour coming up from the Neptune Basin back to the palace. It is also readily seen from windows in the North Wing and in the Royal Apartments. Thus...

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  • 15. Grande Eaux Musicales

    In the past Versailles has turned on the beautiful fountains only on weekends during tourist season. We recently spent a month in Paris and looking for things to do, I noticed that Versailles was...

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  • 16. Latona Fountain

    The Latona Fountain and adjacent Basins occupy most of the second level of the Grand Axis with views both East and West, if you can take your eyes off the fountain , especially when it is in full...

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  • 17. Bassin du Dragon

    This fountain comes into view as you reach the Water Avenue from the North Parterre. It shows cupids on the backs of swans plus dolphins fighting a dragon. We were there on a water Sunday to see it...

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  • 18. Orangerie

    The Orangerie is a large underground chamber built so that it holds up the Southern Parterre (du Midi) above it. (Maybe this is the precursor to todays parking garages under plazas?). It was built in...

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  • 19. Restaurants

    Now, this is really something you should try when visiting. Crepes, very thin cooked pancake made from wheat flour. They can be of different kind, from sweet to salty to both of them, and you can...

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  • 20. Museum Lambert

    if you want to really know Versailles and a lot more than the castle than you must visit this place. If you like museums you need to visit this place if you like history, architecture, you need to...

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  • 21. Collegiale Notre Dame

    This is my quartier or neighborhood church,for 9 years that lived here. It is the most historically link to the royal history and crown of France. Already from the year 1662, king Louis XIV had...

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  • 22. Fountain of Neptune

    The Neptune Fountain was a late completion at Versailles (1678-82) and added to (1738-41) under Louis XV.The major group of figures of Neptune and Amphitrite are the largest and all are of lead....

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  • 23. Grand Canal

    On two of our trips to Versailles, we went by car directly after arriving at Orly Airport (from the U.S.), en route to Chartres. We paid a minimal admission fee (we were not going in the chateau) and...

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  • 24. Bassin de Latone

    Bassin de Latone. Jets of water rain down on the group of Latona and her children, set on a rock in the fountain. This pool already existed at the time of the father of Louis XIV - and founder of the...

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  • 25. Bosquet de la Colonnade

    Hardouin-Mansart and Le Notre planned the Colonnade (down a lane to thee left as you procede along the left lwalk along the Tapis Vert). It is a concert-grove (a diversion for the court). Its form is...

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Folks come for the Castle museum since 1837, but Versailles has things to do a lot more than a castle. See the residences of Montreuil where the nobles lived, including madame Elizabeth sister...

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