Located just over 10 miles outside of Paris, the royal chateau in Ile-de-France is a hub for history, architecture, culture and style. While the palace’s well-manicured gardens, gilded halls and iconic Marie-Antoinette Estate are impressive to visit most any time of year, travelers agree spring and summer months prove absolutely ideal. Whether it’s wandering the gardens, enjoying music on the grounds or catching fireworks as the sun sets, there are plenty of ways to experience the glory of the season at the Palace of Versailles.
Summer Musical Fountains Show
Spend the day in the fairytale French gardens of Versailles with a ticket that includes a complimentary map and a full-day experience at the grand estate. Explore the 13 groves of this designated UNESCO World Heritage site, and catch the incredible fountain shows (set to Baroque music) at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Summer Musical Gardens
Devote a summer Tuesday to wandering the epic gardens, which took more than 40 years to complete, while absorbing the unique sounds of classic Baroque music. Musicians play between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and musical fountain shows in the Bassin du Miroir take place every 10 minutes.
Summer Fountains Night Show and Fireworks with Optional Royal Serenade Dance Show
Get the most out of a trip to Versailles with this jam-packed tour that’s sure to make this visit to the palace a memorable one. Stroll through the incredible gardens lit by twinkling lights and catch a grand performance reminiscent of those organized by Louis XIV. Complete with Baroque music, fireworks and fountain displays, it’s possible to upgrade this trip to include a dance performance in the nearby State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors, too.
Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Day Trip from Paris by Train
Meet your guide in Paris before departing on a scenic 30-minute train ride to Versailles. The small-group tour includes a visit to the gardens and an audio-guided look at the palace. The trip includes round-trip transportation and a pass to skip-the-line, making a summer visit to the gardens even more enjoyable!