Versailles

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Come to visit the magnificent palace and stay to explore the historic town, whose elegant museums and cultural hotspots are just as fascinating.

Versailles is synonymous with the extravagant gilded palace bearing its name. Take the time to explore the rest of this interesting town.

Before the palace was built, Versailles was an ordinary small French village. As work got underway on the royal abode in the 17th century, the nearby town was given a makeover to mirror the palace’s opulent style. The old village was demolished to make room for the Notre-Dame and Saint-Louis districts, where large mansions and grand churches were installed.

Make your way through the stately Notre-Dame district, built at the order of Louis XIV. Highlights include the Théâtre Montansier, the Church of Notre-Dame and the Musée Lambinet. Look for the King's stables, home to the Academy of Equestrian Art and a carriage museum that houses the ostentatious royal carriages of the Versailles monarchs. While here, visit the bustling Notre-Dame Market complex to find fresh produce and snacks.

Don’t leave without visiting the Palace of Versailles. This glittering architectural masterpiece is the town’s star attraction. Next to the palace entrance lies La Cour des Senteurs, a courtyard lined with four perfume boutiques and a museum dedicated to the history of perfumery in Versailles. Step into nearby Potager du Roi, a famous garden that once grew produce for the royal kitchen. Walk along the lawns past fruits and vegetables cultivated using traditional techniques.

Before you visit, check the event listings at l’Opéra Royal de Versailles and book a ticket to see an opera production. This stunning Baroque venue was originally built to celebrate the wedding of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

Versailles is located about 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside Paris. Use a connecting train from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station or Versailles Rive Droite station. Both stations are a 15-minute walk from the palace. The palace is closed on Mondays and during major holidays. But even without the palace, there’s still enough here to give you a taste of the royal high life.

Where to stay in Versailles

A l'Hotel des Roys
A l'Hotel des Roys
3 out of 5
14, Av de Paris, Versailles, Yvelines
The price is $93 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Located in Chantiers, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Palace of Versailles and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Parly 2 Shopping Mall. Parc des Princes and Bois de Boulogne ...
4/5 Very Good! (544 reviews)
"A great place just within walking distance from the gates of Versailles. The property is perfect for short or extended stays. The staff has done everything they can to ensure an impeccable stay."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

A l'Hotel des Roys
Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
5 out of 5
1 Boulevard De La Reine, Versailles, Yvelines
The price is $157 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
This family-friendly Versailles hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Palace of Versailles and Parly 2 Shopping Mall. Aquaboulevard ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"Nice historic hotel. Some features in the room were a bit old. In hotel dining is fantastically exceptional."

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
Hotel Le Versailles
Hotel Le Versailles
4 out of 5
7 Rue Sainte Anne, Versailles, Yvelines
The price is $118 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Notre-Dame, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Palace of Versailles and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Parly 2 Shopping Mall. Parc des Princes and Bois de Boulogne ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (740 reviews)
"very close, within walking distance of the Chateau, the staff are very helpful and friendly. If you are arriving by car, contact the property in advance in order to have the right direction to the parking"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Hotel Le Versailles
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Les Apparts de l'Oncle Louis
Les Apparts de l'Oncle Louis
10 rue de Satory, Versailles
The price is $102 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Saint-Louis, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Palace of Versailles and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Parly 2 Shopping Mall. Parc des Princes and Bois ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (39 reviews)
The shower goes cold after 5 minutes
"Do not book if you are a couple or there is more that 1 in your party, unless you like cold showers! The shower goes cold after 5 minutes! This was the most frustrating part of my stay (and the water doesn’t come through the holes it comes through a crack in the shower head and pours out). Secondly, ..."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Les Apparts de l'Oncle Louis
furnished luxury apartment within 50 meters of the Palace of Versailles
furnished luxury apartment within 50 meters of the Palace of Versailles
Versailles, Ile-de-France
The price is $136 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Located in Notre-Dame, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Palace of Versailles and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Parly 2 Shopping Mall. Parc des Princes ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Lovely apartment overlooking Versailles, 4th floor, no lift
"We were not aware when we rented that we would have to climb 70 steps to get to our apartment. The place itself is perfect, well appointed very comfortable king sized bed etc. Unfortunately we are in our late 70’s (in decent shape for our age) so we only went out twice a day. Normally my husband ..."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

furnished luxury apartment within 50 meters of the Palace of Versailles
Castle of Versailles, in the heart of historical & romantic Quarter of St. Louis
Castle of Versailles, in the heart of historical & romantic Quarter of St. Louis
Versailles, Ile-de-France
Located in Saint-Louis, this historic apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Palace of Versailles and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Parly 2 Shopping Mall. Parc des ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Versailles apartment
"Great location, clean, host was very helpful"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2019

Castle of Versailles, in the heart of historical & romantic Quarter of St. Louis
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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