The Chateau De Versailles and Gardens Tour
The Chateau de Versailles, also known as the Sun King’s Estate, was made by Louis XIV, when he transformed the hunting lodge of his father into a work of wonder. He then moved the government and court of France from Paris to Versailles in 1682.
The two kings who came after him also added their touches to Versailles, but all these became too much for the French people and they started to revolt. After the French revolution of 1789, the Palace of Versailles no longer remained at the seat of power, and later in 1830, the palace became the Museum of the History of France or Musée des Archives Nationales.
The palace is huge with 700 rooms and these rooms are decorated with cornices, carved details, and frescoed ceilings. The outside of the palace is surrounded by formal gardens that have geometrically designed walkways, canals, fountains, and terraces.
Tourists to Paris should not skip the visit to the Chateau de Versailles. The Hall of Mirrors, the Grand Trianon, the King’s Grand Chambers, and Marie-Antoinette’s famous estate must be included in the visit to the museum.
As there are many things to see, it will be better to plan your visit based on the four sections of Versailles: the gardens, the multiple winged building of the palace, and the two smaller palaces, Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon.
Chateau de Versailles is located in the township of Versailles. This township is about twenty-one kilometers outside of Paris and can be easily reached by train. The Versailles Rive Gauche station is only ten minutes walk away from the Versailles palace.
The Versailles palace is one of the most visited places of France owing to its architecture, beautiful gardens, and its history. Reports show that several million tourists visit the place each year.
Tour operators offering Paris city tours can arrange for wide range of tour to the Versailles palace with transportation and sightseeing services to optimize the visit and journey of the tourists. The best part of these guided tours is that you will not have to wait in long queues to get tickets to visit the palace, as the tickets will be booked before your arrival at the palace.
In your tour to the Versailles palace, you will be able to discover the splendor of the palace. You can see many works of art, the baroque decoration, and old style furniture that were made by the best artists and craftsmen of the time. So make sure to visit Chateau de Versailles when you are in Paris.