After spending a couple days in the City of Light, you should take a trip outside the city to the Palace of Versailles! Paris itself certainly has plenty to offer, but Versailles is rich with French history. And if you visit between June and September, you can see the Fountains Night Show in the Gardens of Versailles!
About Palace of Versailles
Originally the royal residence, Versailles is now a testament to the wealth that the royal family accumulated.
In early 17th century, King Louis XIII began building the Palace originally as a hunting lodge. But as the royal family started spending more time in Versailles, more rooms and building were added. Louis XIII expanded the lodge into a chateau, but Louis XIV oversaw most of the expansion.
The Palace of Versailles was the seat of government and royal residence until the French Revolution in 1789. After that, parts of the building were temporarily transformed into a museum and art school. It also served as a location for important diplomatic and political events.
Many had tried to make it into a museum, but it always lacked the funding and resources. It wasn’t until John D. Rockefeller’s donation after World War I that restoration really started. Today, the Palace of Versailles Paris receives millions of visitors every year to witness the majesty of France’s history.
Things to Know Before Seeing the Fountains Night Show
The Gardens of Versailles Fountains Night Show takes place every Saturday from June through September.
We (and the Palace) recommend taking the RER line C to Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche. You can take a cab, but it will be an expensive fare! If you have a car, there are several parking lots in the area where you can pay to park.
We also recommend arriving before sunset so that you have time to tour the palace and enjoy the sunset in the gardens. There will be plenty of ways to stay entertained as you wait for the show! You can grab a drink, walk through the gardens, and tour the installations.
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