Versailles Travel Guide

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Versailles Things to Do

  • 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 mythology, as is clear from the art works on display throughout the palace. At the same time, he was a devout Catholic who went to mass in his private...

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  • The Hall of Mirrors ( La Galerie des...

    .. one of the things I remember is the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. That is not surprising because this is the most famous part of the palace, built in 1678 as part of the renovation/addition to Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV. The Hall is dazzling and immense, 220 feet long, with one wall covered in mirrors, 357 in all. At that time,...

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  • 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 park together are 800 hectares (source Wikipedia). The gardens are formal with manicured lawns, meticulously planted flower gardens, over 400 statues...

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Versailles Restaurants

  • Dish of the day

    By the time I finally found my way out of the palace and gardens (by way of the exit called ‘Grille du Dragon’) it was the middle of the afternoon and I was quite hungry, so I went looking for someplace to have a very late lunch. After passing by a couple of grubby-looking snack bars I happened upon this establishment on the Rue des Réservoirs. It...

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  • a lunch between two stations

    This is a real old post office relay station and over time it has becomes a cafe resto, right between the rive gauche station and on your way to chantiers station for trains in Versailles todayno webpage give you the resto page I write here in French.This was my lunch hangout when in the city, I lived here but when out on business I used to go...

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  • an American in Versailles

    Its a Landmark in Versailles this American style resto. the biggest best burgers in town. And right along the rue des réservoirs to the castle.You will feel like in the United States, the decoration is on banquets of reddish leather, the walls yellow with mythical plaques of cars that reminds you of the bars from the 1950'sAnd it seems to me it has...

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Versailles Nightlife

  • drinks and sports bar Paris

    long standing bar in Versailles ,best known to me for its big screen TV and sporting events when going to a bar warrant it. Very near the palace so you are in central location, great ambiance in the evenings and especially when a good sports event is on, like a football;rugby match.for a drink and sports, worthwhile place to be in...

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  • dance,cozy,sexy, relax in Versailles

    Now we are moving into a cozy,sexy place for adults, a great time in a wonderful discotheque overlooking the chateau de Versailles, real.hours are Tuesdays to Sundays from 22h00-2h00 ,and parking is freeThere is a resto cafe open from 10h but the main here is the dance in the evenings and the soirees salsa on thursdays dress to kill for the dance...

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  • go for billiards ,pool and games

    This is the place to have a drink, get some chow and play pool all night, long standing in Versaillesthe resto is there since 1840open until 2am or O2h00 every day pool is 8€ per hour weekdays and 12€ after 20h or on weekends24 pool tables French and American styleresto is open from 11h30 -14H15 weekdays for lunch and after 19h-00h30 for...

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Versailles Transportation

  • Paris to Versailles and back on the RER...

    When I got back to my hotel in Paris it was nearly two in the morning and I was wide awake from an invigorating bicycle ride, so instead of going straight to bed I fired up my netbook to see what had transpired on VT during my absence. It turned out that on the Paris forum someone had just asked a question about tickets for the Métro and RER...

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  • ride a bike in Versailles

    I admit I did this many times but always in the gardens or the parks not on the roads. However, ,many do it and safe. I do rent it and then took it to the glorious gardens of Versailles way back the grand canal and the trianons area. The picture is from my old area while lived here.The rental place is at Place Raymond Poincaré , this is one of the...

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  • taking the bus inside Versailles

    My town one of the best bus systems in all of France. They take you all over in 10-15 mins intervals weekdays and 30 mins on weekends. You can do the shopping in Parly II in nearby Le Chesnay or go out to shop at big supermarket like Carrefour.The system is phebus, I got to know because my boys use it for school and move about and its great and...

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Versailles Shopping

  • Favorites shopping stores in Versailles

    We are big fan of the L’Occitane for many many years, the store in Versailles is very nice and friendly getting you nice products from Provence. 39 rue de la Paroisse, tel +33 01 39 02 06 74. It is very near the collegiale Notre Dame church. Open from tuesdays to fridays 10h-13h30 and 14h30-19h, Saturdays 10h-19h; Sundays 10h-13h and English is...

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  • wonderful flower market

    A wonderful flower market on ave St Cloud corner with ave de l'Europe; you can get the freshest cut of many wonderful varieties here . just before going into the passage St Pierre with great shopping area.days and times: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8H to 19H ,and Sundays morningsA lovely place dear to all Versaillaises, and we come here...

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  • market days are glorious at Notre Dame

    simply the best market in the region, at the place du vieux marché Notre Dame, where the old domaine de Clagny was in 1665, a market in the neighborhood of Notre Dame, mine, was born.The metal buildings by Baltard house on each a different kind of goodies, to find them. Outside you have fruits, veggies, clothings, shoes, all kinds of stuff for the...

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Versailles Local Customs

  • Religious orders and life at Versailles

    Still Royal and Religious in sentiment, open to the world ,this is Versailles a town for the glory of France. My home for almost 10 glorious years. Its a private place, but willing to talk to you their history and belief and opportunity to enter their world and see the gardens. It is located at 10 Rue de la Porte de Buc, Versailles. Office hours...

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  • Christmas in Versailles

    getting some of my old pictures out, and this one is from our old home in Versailles. Christmas time is always special and for my family its the tops.We prepare everything from scratch here, and shop at the wonderfully fresh marché notre dame nearby.We either do it here or visit our relatives east of Paris; and north at Cambrai, or South by...

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  • Conservatoire de Versailles

    a wonderful historical building and now housing the conservatory of music of Versailles. 24 Rue de la Chancellerie, 78000 Versailles All major events such as music, and dance as well as training of future stars are held here now. The building used to be the Hôtel de la chancellerie, home to the Chancellor of France, keeper of the sealSince 1953 is...

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Versailles Warnings and Dangers

  • sound advise is always better

    risks for tourists is none, the city is pretty quiet and upscale in general, you will have more problems in the lines at the Chateau than things to worry about otherwise. There are some sellers in front of the chateau not to be confide, and be careful about your wallet as anywhere else, but nothing major.I first came to Versailles in 1991,and...

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  • Protection of visitors with guns

    When I was in Paris and Versailles in November of 1995 there were several terrorist acts in France, many strikes and many policemen and guards on the streets. One of them I sat at the entrance in the Versailles Park. I’ve never seen guards with such guns that’s why I took this picture.

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  • Ticket queues

    As of January 2009 it appears that they have discontinued the Forfait Loisirs. If you know what day you want to travel on, you might look into booking onlineVersailles may very well be the most visited attraction in and around Paris, on one of our visits the queue to buy tickets was enormous even though we arrived just shortly after it opened....

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Versailles Tourist Traps

  • Chateau - A few salons to admire.

    And on went my personal (audio guided) tour. It took me to the Grand Apartment (Grand Appartement du Roi). The Grand Apartment glorified the Sun King. A room known as the Abundance Salon led to other salons like Venus, Diana, Mars, Mercury, and Apollo ... each dedicated to a heavenly body. That is why they were originally called the Apartment of...

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  • Chateau - La Galerie des Glaces

    After that I walked my way up to the the Hall of Mirrors (la Galerie des Glaces), which was made due to the glory of Louis XIV and definately is now the masterpiece of the Chateau. I heared via my audio guide (and of course wrote it down in my Diary of a Madman!) that the hall measures 73 metres long, 10.5 metres wide, and 12.3 metres high. At one...

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  • Chateau - 'To All of France's Glories'

    And finally the last part of this tour came in sight. It took me through the Versailles' history galleries which is the largest history museum in the world (18,000 square metres). I did not have enough eyes to see all these masterpieces. The history of France is told through painted and sculpted and it was founded in 1837 by King Louis-Philippe and...

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Versailles What to Pack

  • My video and photo cameras in Versailles

    SONY Video Camera Recorder (Video 8) CCD-TR303E (1993-2003).With SONY AC Power adaptor and charger AC-V35 (1993-1995) and Hama Camcharger Combi II – universal battery charger/discharger for 6V NI-Cd video batteries. Ten years of life until its audio recorder failed. Its charger failed after 2 years working. The second charger worked 8 years. Its...

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  • My guide books in Versailles

    Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Versailles.Editions Mahe S.A. Versailles. 1995. 104 pages.Around the World. France. Second edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 544 pages. 79 cities, 168 museums, 300 churches and cathedrals, 22 Castles, 50...

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  • Packing for a nice visit to Versailles

    carry on or rollers knacksacks the best for the crowds.you usually spend a day here so pitty ,there is a lot more to see than the palace ! Never figure it out so many years living here never thought about what to bring ::) walking shoes comfortable to do the cobblestones and dirt terrains of the gardens.raincoat and or umbrella, depending on the...

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Versailles Off The Beaten Path

  • Théâtre Montansier

    Across the street from the café/brasserie “Le Bassin de Neptune” is the municipal theater or Théâtre Montansier. This theater from the fourth quarter of the eighteenth century is listed as a French Historical Monument, which is why you can find its location and a photo on monumentum.fr.Unfortunately I was not able to attend a performance here,...

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  • Parc Balbi

    This is the local families park and we came here often, still full of history one of them away from the castle museum.Parc Balbi was created for the countess of Balbi, the mistress of the Count of Provence, who was Louis XVI's brother, it is located at 12 rue du Maréchal Joffre, right from castle turn right, and take ave de Sceaux, turn right at...

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  • Jeu du Paume or Royal Tennis Court

    a tennis, game of the Kings, revolutionary history, of France right in royal Versailles at Rue du Jeu de Paume, take castle go out turn right follow the main street rue Sceaux for about 125 meters turn right on rue Satory (many restos in the corner), go to rue du vieux versailles and turn right again next street is Rue du jeu de paume turn right...

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Versailles Sports & Outdoors

  • Go bowling with the boys

    a nice sport you can do with ffriends or family or alone even, just bring yourself and they provide all,very nice way to spend the day or the night. You can even watch the sports events and have a cold one.This one is one with my boys in near Versailles ,outside to the south in SQY, easy trip by car and even train direct line from Chantiers. The...

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  • Hiking - 'Game Plan' structure.

    Most people try to rush Versailles on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Versailles properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Just consider some of these statistics: The number of trees in the garden is a whopping 200,000, and some 210,000 flowers are...

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  • Hiking - Lose yourself in the garden.

    And what a walk it must have been in those days, as the gardens stretches 3 kilometres from the gallery of the palace bedrooms to the Grand Canal. The gardens were built over an area of 800 ha, mobilising the most refined skills and the heaviest engineering work: the digging of the Grand Canal, the construction of imposing water reservoirs, of an...

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Versailles Favorites

  • More walks of sublime Versailles

    digging some older photos of my favorite town in France, so far. Versailles is hard to forget after almost 10 years living there, its more than a castle I tell you.EVen if the castle or better yet Domaine of Versailles covers it all. The pictures tells it all, the pavillon frais or fresh house in the petit Trianon, completed in 1753 by Ange -...

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  • My home -personal

    Ok on this cold grey day in Brittany now, I would put some personal photos of my house in Versailles and my late mother especially.Versailles its special grand royal, and will not be forgotten. LIke I said Versailles its a lot more than a castle.Looking forward to do a VT meeting here. many to name walk the streets, see the monuments, shop,...

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  • Hôtel des Affaires étrangers/Muni...

    This is an often overlook building very near the palace/museum of Versailles. I meandered around the Streets for many years as it was my home.I like to give a brief story of an important building and hoping that you will come again and visit more than the palace.The building of the Hôtel des affaires étrangers( done by Louis XV), now housing the...

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Comments (6)

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Summer sales promotion in the Paris/Versailles area begins wednesday June 25th and end Tuesday July 29th 2014.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    For the first time in public the wonderful imperial navy will be shown at the Grand Trianon, Galerie de Cotelle, 17 models now house at the musée de la marine. From June 17 to September 14 2014. Something to see and different, again never shown in public.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    The palace of Versailles is coming near you ,sort of. traveling exhibitions at Nohant George Sand's salon from July 2014. Royal coronations Louis XIII to Charles X Palais du Tau, Reims, from May 2014. Masterpieces of Versailles at Musée de Beaux-Arts of Arras from 26 september 2014.

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    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    The pavillon Dufour, after the architect that supervise its construction between 1814 and 1829, will become by March 2015 , the entrance door to the château de Versailles for individual tourists. in 2013 the palace had 7,5 millions visitors and this project hopes to cut down the waiting lines.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    The great Trianon Palace hotel is up for sale! by owners Blackstone. Open in 1910, it has 2800 m2 including a spa and pool, the hotel has views on the gardens of the château de Versailles.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    The château de Versailles will have its place amongst the elite of the French gastronomy with a new line of products from foie gras to liquors worthy of kings and queens. The gamme was presented yesterday in a country tent style at the Orangerie de Jussieu, not far from the castle. More souvenirs lol!

 
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Basins, fountains and statues
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Grand Trianon castle
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Petit Trianon castle
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Hameau de la reine
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Grands Appartements du Roi et de la Reine
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Saint-Louis cathedral
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Cathedral Saint Louis
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The Royal Chapel
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Statue of Nicolas de Catinat
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Charles X
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Molière and Lully at the Royal Opera
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The Diana Salon
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The Hercules Salon
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The Hall of Mirrors
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Opéra Royal
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The Venus Salon
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The Mars Salon
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les Octrois or tax doors of Versailles
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walk rue de l'Independance Americaine
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driving around to Versailles
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Church Sainte Elizabeth de Hongrie
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Salon d'Hercule - Hercules Drawing-Room
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The room of Queen Marie-Antoinette.
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The cave of Marie-Antoinette.
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Mirrors with mercury! - Miroirs au mercure!
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Grand Trianon - Chambre/Room of Louis XIV.
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Charles le Brun “First Painter of the King”
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