A golden opportunity to visit the Palace of Versailles
Published on 5 July 2020, dans Visit Paris
Less than 20 km from the Hôtel de l'Université, the estate and the Palace of Versailles have reopened, with visiting by reservation only. This is a golden opportunity to visit this jewel of French heritage, culture and history in complete tranquillity! And to add to the pleasure, the Fountains Show and the Musical Gardens have been back since June.
The Palace of Versailles: 400 years of history to discover
The origins of the Palace of Versailles date back to the 17th century. Initially a royal hunting lodge, then the principal residence of the kings of France, the building became a museum from the late 19th century. This huge château has 2,300 rooms spread over more than 60,000 m2. Perhaps the most popular is the famous Hall of Mirrors, a stunningly opulent gallery filled with baroque ornamentation. Including the gardens, the park and the Trianon, the Versailles estate covers more than 800 hectares.
A musical stroll in the royal gardens
On Tuesdays and Fridays, you can take a musical stroll through the royal gardens. The Musical Gardens is an opportunity to enjoy the world’s largest open-air sculpture museum to a musical accompaniment. And on Saturdays and Sundays, the Versailles estate offers its Musical Fountain Shows, when the magnificent water features of the gardens come alive to the sound of baroque music.
The Palace of Versailles is open every day, except Monday, from 09:00. A fee is charged for admission. The Trianon can only be visited in the afternoons, from Tuesday to Sunday. The park and gardens await your discovery from Monday to Sunday, free of charge, with the exception of the Fountains Show times. Reservations are made directly on the Chateau de Versailles website. Don’t miss the opportunity to see history brought to life!
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