Are you planning a visit to Versailles? Follow these tips on seeing France’s most famous palace, dripping with luxury and history.
(CNN) — Is there a palace anywhere in the world as famous as the Château de Versailles
Dripping with gilt and marble, the colossal palace was the singular vision of Louis XIV, aka the almighty Sun King, whose lavish, lusty lifestyle mirrored his global ambitions for France in the 17th century. The monarch recruited the finest craftsmen of the day for his Pharaonic project: transforming his father’s simple hunting lodge into a party pad to house the 6,000-person royal court. The numbers are dizzying: 700 rooms, 27 acres of roof, 67 staircases.
Landscape architect André Le Nôtre literally moved mountains to create the endless perspective of gardens.
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This week, the French minister of sports visited the historic Château de Versailles palace and grounds about 20 km southwest of the centre of the French capital. The UNESCO World Heritage site is expected to be the venue for Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage at the two global sports gatherings in seven years, following the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
We’re usually not the tour groups type since doing them with kids can be challenging. But, our three-week itinerary this past summer in Europe with a seven day cruise included quite a few tours. One of our favorites was biking to and around the Palace of Versailles in France with Fat Tire Tours. See why this tour was the best way to see this massive royal residence.
We met the group and our tour guide, Eddie (who’s from Spain), at the Fat Tire Tours office near the Eiffel Tower. Eddie gave us a brief orientation of what we were doing for the rest of the day. There were 17 in our group including five kids and my 11 year old son being the youngest.
Our group walked a few blocks to the RER C Champ de Mars train station.
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Take a break from the City of Light and explore more of the French countryside.
There’s no shortage of amazing things to do in Paris, but if you’re looking for a respite from the city’s bustle or just a change in scenery, day trips are a refreshing and productive alternative. Here are a handful of locations to visit if you’ve got a day or 2 free for exploring—each area has its own unique charms, so we’ve bundled them according to what might interest every sort of traveler, from history buffs to wine lovers.
Excursions for History Lovers
Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and lavish beauty of France with a day trip out to the Palace of Versailles. The chateau, built in 1623 by King Louis XIII, was the seat of France’s political power from 1682 to 1789.
The beautiful roads from Paris lead up to one core tourist attraction: the Chateau de Versailles. Intricately designed, rich in history, and with one of the most attractive of all the gardens you’ll ever set your eyes on, Versailles lies at the epitome of French sophistication, style, elegance, and beauty.
Ranked among the largest in the world, the gardens at Versailles are as perfectly laid out as you can imagine. During my visit to the site, I was taken aback not just by how form met functionality but also by the ability of the French to maintain such a gem for so many years.
Formal almost to a fault, the gardens are a force of the triumph of humanity.