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Things to do in Versailles

Versailles – decadent splendor courtesy of French royalty

Versailles is situated on the western edge of Paris, France. It is famous for the numerous attractions built by King Louis XIV. When you visit the city, you can tour the vast Chateau de Versailles, bountiful gardens, high-end shops, and cozy, luxe restaurants.

 

Things to do in Versailles

 

Chateau de Versailles – the Versailles Palace

With it’s rich history and many beautiful sights, you can be sure to find many interesting things to do in Versailles but the most famous of the city’s sights is most definitely the Chateau de Versailles. It is often referred to as the Versailles Palace, the grand palace that was first home to King Louis XIV. The palace and its lush gardens are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided tour so that you can learn more about the chateau’s rich history and marvel at the stunning features of the palace.

 

Grand Trianon Castle

Other tourist attractions in Versailles are the Grand Trianon Castle and Marie Antoinette’s estate. The Grand Trianon Castle is admired for its beautiful Italian architecture and French-inspired gardens.

 

Rent a bike in Versailles

A great way to visit all of these attractions is by renting a bicycle. There is a romantic and enchanting escapade awaiting those who pack a picnic with french baguettes, wine and cheese, onto the back of their bikes in order to seek out the perfect spot in which to spread out their blanket and surrender ones self to the decadent splendor that is Versailles.

 

How to get to Versailles

Versailles is located in the suburb of Paris, and most tourists therefore fly to Paris and enjoy both the capital of France and Versailles on the same trip. From Paris you can get to Versailles with both train and bus, if you want you can even ride a bike to the city.

 

When to go to Versailles

Temperatures in Versailles are fairly mild year-round and usually peak around 25°C (77°F) in summer. Rainfall is scattered throughout the year, helping to keep Versailles lush and green.

When visiting the chateau on holiday, many arrive before 10 a.m. or wait until later in the afternoon to avoid the peak crowd of tourists. Expect to spend a full day at Versailles, taking in the rich history that it has to offer. Some attractions are closed during certain times of the year, so be sure to view their scheduling ahead of time.

 

Things to do in Versailles

Versailles Facts

Population86 477
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
CurrencyEuro
Longitude2.135
Latitude48.8053
AirportAll Airports, France (PAR)

Versailles average temperatures

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, in the Île-de-France region, is a royal château and principal residence of the French kings from 1682 to 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. It is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1979. The whole palace is magnificent, filled with beautiful furniture, art and antiquities, and the garden is not any less fine. However, be ready for huge crowds. Try to get there early in the morning and book the tickets in advance or book a tour with a pass to skip the line. A smart move in case of long lines is also to visit first the gardens until a less crowded time. Lastly, getting your return tickets back to Paris as soon as you get there will save you quite some time when your visit is over!

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OPERA

Versailles Opera House

Opéra Royal de Versailles

Located on the edge of the Gardens of Versailles where you can find the estate of Marie-Antoinette, this opera house was inaugurated in 1770. It is one of few opera houses that has been able to stand the test of time, as it is still to this day an active venue for opera performances. After the French Revolution in 1789 and the departure of the royal family, the opera house was left unused since its lavishness and dependence on royal patronage made it a symbol if the out of control aristocracy in the country. It opened again in 1837 and after a few renovations and restorations, the opera house we can visit today is not only a beautiful opera house with fantastic acoustics, it is also a reminder of the history of France and the finer arts impact on society.

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GOLF

Golf in Versailles

The lush historic city of Versailles has a lot to offer for golf enthusiasts, no matter your skill level, but it should be said that most courses in Versailles are of a bit higher difficulty than the norm. Golf de St Marc for example, is a beautiful course, but also hard to navigate with its hilly nature and many water hazards. The Albatros Course on Golf National is also a hard one to master, with tight fairways making sure you are precise in your shots. The most famous club in Versailles is probably Racing Club de France, a 45 hole golfing extravaganza.

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