Imagine this: You’re on holiday visiting Paris and want a break from the hustle and bustle of the capital. What better place to escape to than the Palace of Versailles? Take a break Louis the XIV style and luxuriate in the beautiful gardens and 17th century splendor of the palace.
Want to really feel like the king of the castle? Book your parking spot near the Palace of Versailles with ParkingsdeParis in advance and leave looking for parking to the common folk. ;)
Famous for his extravagance, Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, sure didn’t hold back when it came to his palace… And clearly, he knew what he was doing! With more than 6 million visitors a year, that’s 17,000 a DAY, Versailles is the most popular castle in France. But you definitely don’t want to be jockeying for a parking space with all those other people, so book your parking space next to Versailles and park with ease when you arrive.
Built during the French Revolution as the official residence for the French monarchs and considered one of the crowning architectural achievements of the 17th century, it’s easy to see why the Palace of Versailles is classified as a World Heritage Site.
You can access the palace via the large square Place d’Armes, flanked by the Royal Stables. Once inside, be sure to visit the pink marble columns and arches of the Grand Trianon, Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, and the gardens that surround the palace.
The beauty of these gardens wasn’t left to chance; designed by André Le Nôtre, the same man behind the gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chantilly, and the Tuileries Garden in Paris, Versailles's gardens are truly works of art.
Each area of the gardens of Versailles has its own unique atmosphere. The multiple fountains, plants, and sculptures that adorn the gardens make the visit more than worth your while.
But wait, there’s more! You can go for a boat ride through the gardens of Versailles! That’s right, you heard us. It might not be on the same level as the Titanic, but we still recommend renting a rowboat to take in the sights of the palace and gardens from the Grand Canal.
In addition to enjoying a stroll or a cruise through the palace gardens, depending on the time of year, you could also attend the following events:
From April to October, you can enjoy the Jardins Musicaux (Musical Gardens) and Grandes Eaux Musicales (Fountains Shows)
From June to September, you can see the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes (Night Fountains Shows)
You’ve already booked your room at one of the best hotels in Paris and you’ve found parking nearby. If you don’t want to lose your spot (although that won’t happen if you book with ParkingsdeParis), or you simply prefer travelling by public transportation to the Palace of Versailles, you have options.
You can catch the RER C train to go to Versailles from either the Bir-Hakeim, Invalides, Gare Musée d’Orsay, or Sant-Michel train stations. Leaving from any one of these stations, you will get off the train at Gare de Versailles Château-Rive Gauche. From there, it’s only about a 10 minute walk to the palace.
Now you know everything you need to know to visit the Sun King’s palace AND to book your parking space near the Palace of Versailles with ParkingsdeParis. Bon voyage!