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Visiting the Palace of Versailles from Paris: The Garden of Versailles (Musical) Fountain Show!

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! It’s a unique event that will make your summer trip to Paris even more memorable.

The Night Show at Versailles Palace is more than just lights!

American Living in Germany: Know Before You Go

Paris is a 4 1/2 hour drive from Kaiserslautern – an easy long weekend getaway! From Grafenwoehr, it’s easily an 8-hour drive, so depending on your itinerary, you may just want to fly.

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Gold platted fountains in the garden of versailles in France

And before talking about the musical fountain show at Versailles, I want to mention that whenever you travel outside of Germany, you need to bring your travel passport. Your SOFA passport is not for tourism, and it does not grant you the same travel permissions as an EU citizen. But to be clear, you don’t need to bring it to Versailles with you!

If you’re PCSing to Germany, learn more about your SOFA passport in my moving guide!

Visiting Versailles from Paris is easy, but if you travel with little ones, it may be quite the excursion. There is a LOT of walking, no air conditioning in the Palace, and not much shade in the garden itself.

Tourist walking the gardens of versailles at sunset

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.

Versailles was the royal residence until the French Revolution in 1789

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.

Statues and water fountains in the gardens of versailles france

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.

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Be sure to catch the sunset at the Gardens of Versailles in the summer!

Things to Know Before Seeing the Fountains Night Show

The Gardens of Versailles Fountains Night Show takes place every Saturday from June through September.

COVID-19 Update: as of 2020, the show is still running from June 27 to September 19.

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. The palace offers a ticket that includes entry to the Fountain Show as well as the famous Hall of Mirrors.

And 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. Or, if you’re feeling especially bourgeois, book a dinner reservation with the show.

Bubbles floating around the garden of versailles

Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting Versailles from Paris

Still have questions about the Fountain Show? Let me know in the comments!

Where is the Palace of Versailles located?

Versailles is southwest of Paris. Set aside at least half a day to travel there, tour the palace, and then head back.

How to get to Versailles from Paris?

It will take approximately an hour to get there by train (take the RER line C to Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche). You could get there faster by car, but depending on traffic, it may take the same amount of time.

Versailles is so much more than a palace. Be sure to catch the sunset in the garden before the Fountains Night Show!

Enjoy the Gardens of Versailles Fountain Show!

The Fountain Night Show at Versailles is the perfect way to enjoy a warm summer evening outside of Paris. Add a little fire to your vacation!

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