Versailles Travel Guide

  • Queuing up to get into the Palace
    Queuing up to get into the Palace
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  • front tavern du Maitre Kanter
    front tavern du Maitre Kanter
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  • Looking through the gates of Versailles
    Looking through the gates of Versailles
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Versailles Things to Do

  • The Palace of Versailles

    Louis XIV had intended from the start to have a Royal Opera House as part of his palace at Versailles. The site was chosen and plans were made as early as 1682, when Louis XIV first moved in to Versailles. Three years later construction work was started, but it was soon put on hold because of financial difficulties due to various wars that were...

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

    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 La Joconde from Leonardo Da Vinci and the Hall of Mirrors from …? Indeed most do ignore. It is with the restoration of the hall of Mirrors between...

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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 Hotels

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

  • cinema movies in Versailles

    This is a wonderful cinema house right in around my old quarters, walking distance . The place has 8 movie screens and 2 dedicated to theater and opera works; 7,50€ evenings, and 10,50€ with 3Dfilms.In 1964 the Beatles gave their first concern in the Paris region and of course they chose Versailles !and Cinema Cyrano! even if the star for the...

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  • 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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Versailles Transportation

  • Phebus Versailles

    To get to Versailles you can take the 171 bus from Pont de Sèvres.Real time Public Transportation info on the Versailles map.

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  • Trains rides into Versailles

    Well my beloved old city, has really five stations to serve you all. These are Versailles Rive Gauche, Versailles Chantiers, Versailles Rive droite, Porchefontaine(REC C) , Montreuil (SNCF fr Saint Lazare) with the last two outlaying areas and the others pretty much in city center.The main ones from Paris are the first three above, and the...

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  • Ways to come to Versailles

    for most visitor to my Versailles,the entry point is the RER trains at Versailles rive gauche station.I took a glimpse of the bus No 171, another alternative coming to Versailles and inexpensive. You take it in Paris at Pont de Sévres reaching there on Paris metro line 9 ,and drop you off right on ave de Paris in front of the castle!!! For a...

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Versailles Shopping

  • best shopping center in Paris...

    over 40 years of service, the best shopping center in the Paris region, all the good ones from au printemps, lenôtre, fauchon,leonidas,FNAC, toys r us, truffaut,decathlon, you name it, all your needs in a very nice mall, ac, and plenty of eateries such as pizza del arte, brasserie Bertrand (my favorite)the parking has an innovative system where it...

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  • quaint streets great shopping Saint...

    Well this is a quaint passageway right by the bus terminal of Europe just cross the street and on your right there it is. You see head on if coming from the Marché Notre Dame to ave de Saint cloud and then turn your head slighly left or from inner city at Rue Georges Clemenceau.A short street passage but full of stores typical of Versailles,...

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  • 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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Versailles Local Customs

  • Cimetiére des Gonards, Cementary of...

    Not too much around them !! but there are of interests to many so just to tell you there is a big one in Versailles; the cementery of Gonards, located at 19 rue de la Porte de Buc almost on the limits with the town of Buc. Tel contact for info +33 ( 0) 1 39 50 24 58.From the castle museum follow avenue de Paris and turn right at Rue des Etats...

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  • 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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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

  • Wine store around the corner

    Okay, so this is going to be a terrible tip because I don't remember the name of the store or where it was located at. All I remember was that it was between walking from the Palace of Versailles and the train station. We stopped to get a bite to eat (crepes) and there was a wine store in the same little shopping area. This wine store was...

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  • Hôtel de Ville inside

    This is the city mayor's office , it used to be my city and it will be mine forever. the building is in the former Hôtel de Conti as the one you see today is from 1900.The original was started in 1670 later in 1680 king Louis XIV buys it for the Count of Vermandois or Louis de Bourbon,his illegimative son that dies prematurely 3 years later. The...

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  • The Bailif of the king, Versailles

    These are small Streets with many antique shops have taken hold , right in my old quartier Notre Dame. These are the Passage de la Geôle, rue du Bailliage, rue des Deux Portes, etc.EVen in the courthouse of the old Bailliage or bailif that was the site of the local justice administration until the 18C, and prison until the 19C.I have the site of...

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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

  • Misc photos of Versailles so much to see

    These are some random photos wanted to share, and did not know where to put them, so here they are.So no 1 is André le Notre statue the great gardener of France, at rue jacques boyceau and ave saint cloudno 2 is JH Mansart, t he great architect of the king and Versailles at ave des Etats UnisNo 3 marche notre dame rue ducis, from resto rue au...

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  • La Ménagerie Royale

    This is something that can be seen partially today although not complete, most was demolish. It is in my Versailles a bit more than the castle.La ménagerie royale was the first project of king Louis XIV in Versailles. It was done before the creation of the Grand Canal and its construction was done by 1663. It was abandone in the French révolution,...

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  • Avenue de Paris

    This is it, the avenue that takes you head on to the¨Palace/museum of Versailles, most known for the Château de Versailles, even thus it is more than that it is a Domaine de Versailles including the Trianons and the Hameau.Most come here to take pictures of the castle/palace but what about taken a shot from the château to the city of Versailles. I...

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  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    The 300th anniversary of the death of king Louis XIV will have many events in Versailles. Three events especially will be « Charles de la Fosse, le triomphe de la couleur » until May 20. From June 18 to November 8 we will have « Grand Trianon de Louis XIV au général de Gaulle » ,and later « Le roi est mort » from October 27 to February 21 2016 in the rooms of Africa and Crimea. A tent will be set up in the Bosquet du Théâtre d’Eau to have a rebirth by May 11 with the gardener Louis Benech and the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. The castle museum will benefit all by opening the rooms dedicated to the Sun King. These and many more showcase here chateauversaillesspectacles.fr

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    After 10 years of work, the Château de Versailles has open the rooms of king Louis XVI! at the north wing;you can see on weekends until 31 December 2014.

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    Nov 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    The Galeries Lafayette,has open their first outlet store in the shopping center : centre commercial One Nation Paris,at Clayes-sous-Bois in my Yvelines 78 near the Versailles. http://www.onenation.fr

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    New laws in France that will help the visitor :tourist too. The opening of stores on Sundays will increase the authorise limit from 5 to 12 Sundays per year. And the opening of the bus system to private companies such as the SNCF who got ahead of the law to open IDBUS see my tip. Cheers

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Heritage Days are coming September 20-21 2014 to see unusual places now open to the public. all over France.

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    Aug 4, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    The decree mentioning the label « fait maison »,or home made is official in France since July 15 2014. this covers all restaurants or those of take home foods of prepare dishes. The connotation can be mention in the front of the carte menu or by each dish, the symbol is a house roof over a casserole pot. It will indicate that the preparation of the food is from products of traditional cooking or home grown in the area. Another label to ensure you are still eating the best in world gastronomy, France.

  • 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.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    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.

 
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