Day trip to Chateau de Versailles

I decided to relate about my one day trip to the Palace of Versailles in a separate blog post because there is so much to tell about it plus I want to share some tips, so here we go.

Consider visiting the Palace of Versailles with all the gardens and the fountains during a one-day period, because it is huge and there are many things to see first of all, and second there are interesting activities and water-shows that you might want to enjoy, and the last is that it has a huge park with places for picnic where you can relax and relish your lunch.

Before going there you must check online information about opening hours and tickets costs, as there are some discounts if you are younger than 26 years or you are student and so on. You might want to check up on this, since they offer these discounts you can take advantage on them. My ticket was around 27 euros for the Palaces and the gardens. When you will buy the tickets they will offer you the Map Estate of Versailles, take it and follow it step by step, as it is a good way to find yourself in the gardens.

Once you have the ticket and you want to enter, it will happen only after you stay in a queue for at least one hour. Believe me, there is no other way. Nevertheless, it is still worth it. And since you already are reading this before going to Versailles, I recommend to take a book to read or a crossword, or anything you consider it will help you to kill the time.

_DSC0384.JPG
4 rows queue to the Palace of Versailles, Paris

While in the estate of Versailles, I would recommend to start with the palace. First walk through the three imposing courtyards and then the state apartments and the mirror hall. The King’s apartments where dressed with elegant and fancy furniture. It was really nice to see how the king’s place looked like. I’d suggest though not to spend a lot of time strolling the palace, because for sure it will be crowded and you might face a queue for each room you want to enter, but then – the gardens are just amazing. And what is special and unique about these gardens is that they offer musical shows. You need to check which one at what time starts the show, because not all of them have these shows and not all of these shows are for all day long time.

_DSC0427
Grand Apartement du Roi
_DSC0457.JPG
Grand Apartement de la Reine
_DSC0461.JPG
Grand Apartement de la Reine

When you finish visiting the palace you would go toward the gardens. At the entrance in the gardens there will be people checking your ticket, and I assume that there are tickets only for gardens, in case you consider visiting only the gardens. On your right you will find the Orangerie, while in front you will have the Water Parterre.

_DSC0473
Orangerie

The map offers several itineraries how to get the most of the fountains and the groves, and is up to you which way you will follow, just make sure you see the most important ones.

_DSC0481
Latona Fountain and Parterre

 

_DSC0504
Ballroom Grove
_DSC0539
Mirror Fountain
_DSC0541
Musical Show at Mirror Fountain
_DSC0556
Mirror Fountain
_DSC0570
Colonnade Grove

From the Palace of Versailles to the Grand Canal you make around 15 min, while to the palaces of Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate will make 25 min on foot.Being so huge the whole estate, there are mini cars which you can rent and drive by yourself. This would be a great solution if you are travelling with parents or children.

 

_DSC0587
Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
_DSC0605
Garden at Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
_DSC0630
The Grand Canal
_DSC0634
Musical Show at Apollo Fountain
_DSC0672
Dauphin’s Fountain
_DSC0703
Water Theater Grove
_DSC0709
Three Fountains Grove
_DSC0739
Water or Marmousets Walk
_DSC0753
Triumphal Arch Grove
_DSC0767
Waiting for the Musical Show at Neptune Fountain
_DSC0786
Neptune Fountain

5 thoughts

  1. Beautiful shots and great information. It’s great to see such passionate interest in French culture. I am a French teacher who has taught various eras of French history for many years. I would love to guest write an article for your blog about the Versailles and Louis XIV if you are interested. There would be no charge, but I would just insert a small blurb at the end about my book on Versailles that will be published this fall. Let me know if you’re interested: jrobins2005@gmail.com. Thanks!
    JPRobinson.org

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s