PARK OF VERSAILLES
WHAT TO DO? MY JOURNEY
PALACE OF VERSAILLES
Entry of the Palace of Versailles
View on the Palace
First of all, to access the Palace of Versailles, you can easily make the round trip from Paris via the RER C in about 1 hour.
Discover a small part of the history of France in the Palace of Versailles (château de Versailles) and its legendary Hall of Mirrors (galerie des glaces). The interior of the castle is as beautiful as the exterior and very well preserved. Completely different from what I saw in Peles. The visit inside the Palace will take you a good 2 / 3h.
Then, if you are outside the period of the musical waters, take a tour at the castle gardens (jardins du château). Magnificent fountains hidden behind the bushes, and a magnificent orangery (une orangerie). If you are during the musical waters period, I recommend you to visit it during the night show which is much more interesting. You have several sets of lights on each fountain, with music, and the show ends with a beautiful fireworks. On the other hand, if you want to do the musical night waters, you will certainly not have the time to do everything. Here are the fountains that I recommend: the Neptune basin, the Latona parterre, the grove of the 3 fountains, the grove of the ballroom, the grove of the Colonnade (le bassin de Neptune, le parterre de Latone, le bosquet des 3 fontaines, le bosquet de la salle de bal, le bosquet de la Colonnade).
For lunch, grab a sandwich or a salad and, if the weather is nice, enjoy the atmosphere around the Grand Canal for a few moments. The complete tour is very pleasant and will take you 1 to 2 hours. You can also take a boat on this Grand Canal.
Entrance price to the Palace of Versailles: between € 18 and € 27 depending on the formula
Night musical water show price: € 28
HAMLET OF MARIE-ANTOINETTE & TRIANON
The Grand Trianon
The lake and the windmill
After seeing the Palace and the Grand Canal, take a tour of the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette (le hameau de Marie-Antoinette). Some small houses to discover as well as animals. A nice walk in the different paths of the garden. You also have the large and the small Trianon which you can visit. These gardens are truly a pleasant and peaceful haven. You can go around the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette and the Trianon in 3 hours.
Entrance price to Marie-Antoinette hamlet: € 12
THE GALLERY OF COACHES
A golden coach
Entry of the gallery
A black coach
Opposite to the Palace of Versailles is the Gallery of Coaches (la galerie des Carrosses). A little visited gallery and yet it is magnificent. There you will find a number of life-size coaches, their history and general information about coaches.
Entrance price to the Coach Gallery: normally included in your ticket to the Palace of Versailles
WHEN TO GO?
The months with good weather to visit Versailles.
Visiting the Park of Versailles will take you a whole day. If you want to take a tour of the city which is just as charming, you will need an additional day.
MY 3 TIPS
- Go to the Palace of Versailles a little before the opening to avoid the crowd
- Rent a bike to go around the Grand Canal, there is a place in the park where you can rent it easily
- Nothing better than taking a picnic in the park for lunch (few restaurants in the park to eat)