The Best Things to Do in Versailles

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Versailles

3.9
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Parks

Popular things to do in Versailles

Palace of Versailles ©
World heritage site
Palace of Versailles
4.0
Duration: 5h 30 min
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
Architectural Building
The Trianons & The Hamlet
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
The Hall of Mirrors ©
Landmark
The Hall of Mirrors
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Le Jardin de Versailles ©
Park
Le Jardin de Versailles
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene. Consider taking a guided tour of the Château de Versailles that allows you to bypass the long lines at the public entrance to the palace and the grounds. Born out of the will of a king, the city in the Yvelines department of the Île-de-France region has a symmetrical grid of streets making Versailles a very modern European city by 17th-century standards; in fact, Washington D.C. builders used that style as a model.

A short walk into the town may be a welcome contrast to the hectic, tourist-filled château, with a handful of small, historic churches and local shops lining the main street. Most people do not regard this city for a hopping nightlife, but there is a little concentration of bars and restaurants at the junction of the Rue de la Paroisse and Rue du Maréchal Foch. For shopping other than scavenging for souvenirs, head to Boulevard de La Reine, Rue Chantiers, and Rue Mar Joffre, then head west for a look at an exciting assortment of historic buildings. Use our France trip builder site to arrange the details of your trip to Versailles and other destinations.

Side trips from Versailles

Fondation Claude Monet ©
Garden
Fondation Claude Monet Giverny
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Chateau de Chambord ©
Castle
Chateau de Chambord Chambord
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Chartres Cathedral ©
World heritage site
Chartres Cathedral Chartres
4.7
Duration: 5 hours
Vieux Bassin ©
Landmark
Vieux Bassin Honfleur
4.6
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Versailles

Monument au General Hoche
Monument
Monument au General Hoche
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Grand Canal ©
Historic Walking Area
Grand Canal
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ancien Hopital Royal
Architectural Building
Ancien Hopital Royal
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Parc de Versailles ©
Park
Parc de Versailles
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Versailles

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Temple de l'Amour ©
Historic Site
Temple de l'Amour
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Paris France Temple ©
Historic Site
Paris France Temple Le Chesnay
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles ©
Religious Site
Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Académie Équestre de Versailles ©
Historic Site
Académie Équestre de Versailles
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Versailles

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L'adresse gourmande ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
L'adresse gourmande Les Clayes-sous-Bois
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Personnali'The ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Personnali'The
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Costumes et chateaux ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Costumes et chateaux
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ferme de Grignon ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Ferme de Grignon Thiverval-Grignon
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Versailles

Parc du Domaine de Madame Elisabeth ©
Park
Parc du Domaine de Madame Elisabeth
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chateau du Haut Buc ©
Park
Chateau du Haut Buc Buc
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Parc Balbi ©
Park
Parc Balbi
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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