Versailles’ chateau gardens are vast, laid out in formal French style and famed for their geometrically aligned terraces, tree-lined paths and, notably, their ponds.
Of all the lovely fountain pools gracing the Versailles gardens, the Bassin de Neptune is the largest.
Designed by famed landscape artist Le Notre and laid out between 1661 and 1700, the fountain features three groups of statues, including Neptune and Amphitrite.
A new fountain installed by Louis XV in the 1730s was acclaimed for the force and variety of its jets water playing over the sculptural groups. In all, the fountain boasts 99 water effects and is fronted by the lovely Dragon Fountain
In summer, Bassin de Neptune is a focus for a display of choreographed fireworks, spectacularly reflected in the fountain’s expansive pool.
Versailles is gorgeous! Just be sure you look at the Metro map and figure out how to get to LIne C, which will take you to Versailles, otherwise, you may get lost like we did and not to many people spoke English when we asked for help. This is a must see! There's no place like it!!
Great informative tour, definitely the way to see Berlin
We were pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to find your office in Versailles and by our tour guide Aurora. Skip the line was right! There were long lines at the palace gates but we walked straight in. Aurora was friendly and very informative about both the gardens and the palace, and despite the crowds inside the palace, she managed to communicate with our tour group and keep us together fairly well. We would not have gotten even half as much out of seeing the palace, without also doing the guided tour.
The Bassin de Neptune is 300 meters (984 feet) north of the palace.