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Versailles

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Parks
Royal Paradise
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.
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Popular things to do in Versailles

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World heritage site
Palace of Versailles
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Duration: 5h 30 min
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Architectural Building
The Trianons & The Hamlet
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
The Hall of Mirrors
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Park
Le Jardin de Versailles
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Versailles

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

Hidden gems in Versailles

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

Historic Sites in Versailles

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

Shopping in Versailles

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

Parks in Versailles

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

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