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Versailles Local History

Once a humble hunting lodge, Versailles was rebuilt into the world's most famous palace by Louise XIV during the 17th century

Built as a haven against possible assassination, this palace became the centre of French nobility and a symbol of aristocratic extravagance that fuelled the fires of the Revolution

This is also the famous site of the peace treaty between France and Germany signed after World War 1, which in turn fuelled the fires of the Second World War.

Versailles Attractions

Versailles Activities

Grand Canal - Boats for hire to take a leisurely paddle out on the regal Grande Canal which is approximately 5110 feet long and is situated behind the bassin d'Appollon.

Bikes for hire - Stretch the leg muscles with a brisk cycle around the huge estate, stopping for a look at the sculpted Dragon Fountain which spurts a 27m spray of water into the air. Or if quantity impresses, the fountain of Neptune has a full ninety nine jets going and is the largest fountain in the garden. Word of warning: Should they have partaken of liquid refreshments, the sight of all these fountains will probably get the kids hurriedly searching for the nearest cloakroom before long.

Disneyland Paris - Take the children for a fantastic daytrip to France's version of Disneyland, at Marne-la-Vallee. Explore the two themeparks with Sleeping Beaty's castle and all the fantasy they could possibly wish for.

Versailles Parks & Gardens

The Orangerie - Built to nurture 2000 orange trees the temperature was regulated to accommodate these warmth loving trees. The Orangery is situated below the Parterre du Midi garden to the left of the terrace. King Louis wrote his own guide to the gardens and suggested that a tour should always commence from the terrace.

Other gardens near to the terrace include the Rockwork Grove and Parterre d'Eau with the nearby fountain of Latona, a statue of the mother of Diana and Apollo.

Jardin du Roi - an English style garden with trees from different parts of the world has two fountains nearby: Bassin du Mirioir d'Eau and Bassin de Saturn. At the south gate jolly Bacchus also has his own fountain- unfortunately not spurting wine as would have suited him.

Parterre du Nord - This beautifully designed garden is chock full of flowers and with great views of yet more fountains. The Bassin d'Encelade boasts a 25m long jet of water when turned on.

Versailles Restaurants and Bars

Versailles Restaurants

Les Petite Marches - Affordable and cosy , this restaurant is situated at 1 bd de la Reine and is reliable and has highly recommended specialities of the day.

Les Trois Marches - The showy and very expensive big sister of the abovementioned restaurant, serving haute cuisine that is in keeping with the regal setting. Enjoy the view of the gardens while dining; who needs bread when you can eat cake...

Restaurant Chez Lazare - When you have tired of foie gras and snails try this viby South American restaurant for a good old fashioned steak. Situated at 18 rue de Satory, open all week and affordable prices.

Versailles children's activities

Grand Canal - Boats for hire to take a leisurely paddle out on the regal Grande Canal which is approximately 5110 feet long and is situated behind the bassin d'Appollon.

Bikes for hire - Stretch the leg muscles with a brisk cycle around the huge estate, stopping for a look at the sculpted Dragon Fountain which spurts a 27m spray of water into the air. Or if quantity impresses, the fountain of Neptune has a full ninety nine jets going and is the largest fountain in the garden. Word of warning: Should they have partaken of liquid refreshments, the sight of all these fountains will probably get the kids hurriedly searching for the nearest cloakroom before long.

Disneyland Paris - Take the children for a fantastic daytrip to France's version of Disneyland, at Marne-la-Vallee. Explore the two themeparks with Sleeping Beaty's castle and all the fantasy they could possibly wish for.

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