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VersaillesFrance

Come to visit the magnificent palace and stay to explore the historic town, whose elegant museums and cultural hotspots are just as fascinating.

Versailles is synonymous with the extravagant gilded palace bearing its name. Take the time to explore the rest of this interesting town.

Before the palace was built, Versailles was an ordinary small French village. As work got underway on the royal abode in the 17th century, the nearby town was given a makeover to mirror the palace’s opulent style. The old village was demolished to make room for the Notre-Dame and Saint-Louis districts, where large mansions and grand churches were installed.

Make your way through the stately Notre-Dame district, built at the order of Louis XIV. Highlights include the Théâtre Montansier, the Church of Notre-Dame and the Musée Lambinet. Look for the King's stables, home to the Academy of Equestrian Art and a carriage museum that houses the ostentatious royal carriages of the Versailles monarchs. While here, visit the bustling Notre-Dame Market complex to find fresh produce and snacks.

Don’t leave without visiting the Palace of Versailles. This glittering architectural masterpiece is the town’s star attraction. Next to the palace entrance lies La Cour des Senteurs, a courtyard lined with four perfume boutiques and a museum dedicated to the history of perfumery in Versailles. Step into nearby Potager du Roi, a famous garden that once grew produce for the royal kitchen. Walk along the lawns past fruits and vegetables cultivated using traditional techniques.

Before you visit, check the event listings at l’Opéra Royal de Versailles and book a ticket to see an opera production. This stunning Baroque venue was originally built to celebrate the wedding of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

Versailles is located about 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside Paris. Use a connecting train from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station or Versailles Rive Droite station. Both stations are a 15-minute walk from the palace. The palace is closed on Mondays and during major holidays. But even without the palace, there’s still enough here to give you a taste of the royal high life.

Where to stay in Versailles

Versailles which includes a city, a castle and heritage architecture

Notre-Dame

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Notre-Dame is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Palace of Versailles and Paris France Temple while in the area.

Notre-Dame
Versailles which includes a city, a castle and heritage architecture

Saint-Louis

5/5Exceptional!(20 area reviews)

Well liked for its historical sites and bars, you might stop by Palace of Versailles and Parly 2 Shopping Mall while you're exploring Saint-Louis and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Saint-Louis
Chantiers, Versailles, France

Chantiers

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 area reviews)

You might enjoy the restaurants while you're in Chantiers, and if you want to see some more of the larger Camp De Satory area, you can take a ride on the metro at Versailles Château Rive Gauche RER Station.

Chantiers
Porchefontaine, Versailles, France

Porchefontaine

Even though there aren't top sights in Porchefontaine, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Palace of Versailles. Jump on the metro at Versailles Porchefontaine Station to see more of the city.

Porchefontaine

Top hotels in Versailles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Le Versailles
Hotel Le Versailles
4 out of 5
The price is Rs7,239 per night

Located in Notre-Dame, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Palace of Versailles and within 6 miles (10 km) of Malmaison Castle and HEC Paris. Bois de Boulogne ...

4.1/5Very Good! (648 reviews)

"I’m always skeptical when I book a hotel online. Pictures can be old or misleading. Hotel Les Versailles was wonderful,we had a room for myself, my husband and our 16 yr old. Aside from the Fantastic location, the view from our balcony doors was of the Palace, a 3 or 4 minute walk. The rooms are ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Hotel Le Versailles
Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
5 out of 5
The price is Rs26,888 per night

This family-friendly Versailles hotel is located in the historical district, 0.6 mi (1 km) from Palace of Versailles, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Aquaboulevard ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)

"Staff and Service was excellent. During our stay, we visited the Palace of Versailles which is just a short walk. We also took advantage of the Gordon Ramsey restaurants, gym facilities and spa."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
ibis Versailles Château
ibis Versailles Château
3 out of 5
The price is Rs5,632 per night

Located in Saint-Louis, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Palace of Versailles and within 9 miles (15 km) of Bois de Boulogne and Stade Roland Garros. Malmaison ...

3.9/5Good! (8 reviews)
Typical Ibis

"Good location close to Palace and restaurants. Staff very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2014

ibis Versailles Château

Popular places to visit in Versailles

Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles

4.5/5(361 reviews)

Find out about the history of Palace of Versailles, one of the top monuments in Versailles. Experience the acclaimed art galleries and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Grand Trianon
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Grand Trianon

5/5(1 review)

Learn about the local history of Versailles when you spend time at Grand Trianon. Visit the notable monuments and stunning cathedral in this vibrant area.

Petit Trianon
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Petit Trianon

Learn about the local history of Versailles when you spend time at Petit Trianon. Make time for the stunning cathedral and local tours in this vibrant area.

Potager du Roi
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Potager du Roi

You can learn about the history of Versailles with a stop at Potager du Roi. Visit the notable monuments and stunning cathedral in this vibrant area.

Hameau de la Reine
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Hameau de la Reine

You can learn about the history of Versailles with a trip to Hameau de la Reine. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,466 reviews)

This iconic landmark is the image that comes to mind whenever the city of Paris is mentioned.

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Verified traveller

24 Aug 2019

Pleasant town with lists of thing to see and do

5/5 - Excellent

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18 Aug 2019

The Palace Versailles is Amazing and Garden

4/5 - Good

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4 Aug 2019

We just about coped with the swarms of 1000s of tourists. The town is very nice and definitely should not be missed.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Jun 2019

Very enjoyable visit. Great guide from dmc memories.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 May 2019

Be prepared to queue for the palace even with a ticket!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 May 2019

Give plenty time to visit the gardens. At least one day .

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