Versailles Chateau Gardens
The most acclaimed example of formal French garden design, Versailles’ vast chateau gardens are famed for their geometrically aligned terraces, tree-lined paths, ponds and canals. Spreading west of the palace, the Versailles Chateau Gardens cover 800 hectares (1,976 acres) in the style of garden landscape artist, Andre Le Notre.
One of the most special aspects of the gardens is the 50 fountains which act as focal points, enhancing the geometrical design. From late spring to early autumn, the fountains come to life as part of the annual Grandes Eaux water spectacles. Garden highlights include the horses and chariot of the Apollo Fountain, the Grand Canal stretching off to the horizon, and the detailed parterres of the Orangerie.
Wherever you stroll, you’re bound to come across a grove, colonnade, fountain or sculpture that will surprise, delight and take your breath away.
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.
Tour was fantastic, just the right amount of time. Pick up and drop off at our hotel was convenient and much appreciated. Tour guide was very informative and was able to answer all questions easily.
The Versailles Chateau Gardens are bordered by woodland and the town of Versailles, 21 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of Paris.
If your feet are getting tired, hire a golf cart to get around.