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Vesailles Office de tourisme
NW of Versailles-Rive Gauche train station Versailles
69000

Tel:+33 (0)1 39 24 88 88
Fax:+33 (0)1 39 24 88 89

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Versailles

Versailles is a prosperous, leafy suburb and home to France's most magnificent chateau.  The Chateau de Versailles was started by Louis XIV in 1668 and grew up around Louis XIII's original hunting lodge.  It remained the seat of the royal court until 1789 when revolutionary rebels carted off Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette to be decapitated in Paris. 

Versailles is a tourist hot spot so be careful to get there early in the morning if you actually want to see the palace.  The 70m long Hall of Mirrors is where the 1919 Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending World War I.  After the palace tour, head for the gardens complete with marble fountains, formal gardens and the Grand Canal which was built for Louis XIV's boating parties.

What to See - Versailles Attractions

Musee des Carrosses
Opp château de Versailles, Versailles 78000
royal carriages are on display here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct

Grand Trianon & Petit Trianon
Château de Versailles, Versailles 78000
the Grand Trianon was built for Louis XIV and his mistress Madame de Maintenon whereas the Petit Trianon became Marie-Antoinette's favourite bolt-hole
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun:pms only | Tel: +33 (0)1 30 83 77 88

Château de Versailles
bus 171 from Paris or RER to Rive Gauche, Château de Versailles 78000
the sumptuous Château de Versailles is a hotbed of royal gossip and intrigue dating back to Louis XIII
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)1 30 83 77 88