Sitting just outside Paris, Versailles is a leafy neighbourhood with a royal legacy. Beyond the iconic palace, Versailles offers a fascinating glimpse at small town France. Spend your days strolling along bustling Avenue de Saint-Cloud, nibbling on croissants at pavement cafes and getting lost in the historic Notre-Dame district.
Things to do in Versailles
No visit to Versailles is complete without a tour of the lavish Chateau de Versailles. Originally built as a hunting lodge, Louis XIV reimagined it as a stunning royal palace. Today you can tour the main residence and unlock access to the chandeliered Hall of Mirrors, gilded Grand Apartments and ornate Royal Chapel. The beautifully manicured grounds are also open to the public, famous for their bubbling fountains, tiered terraces and ornate sculptures.
With its leafy streets and elegant 18th-century townhouses, the Notre-Dame district is a lovely place for a stroll. While you’re there, stop by the Church of Notre Dame, a neoclassical masterpiece that was also built at the command of Louis XIV.
Versailles is anchored by a bustling town center, with most of the action centered along Avenue de Saint-Cloud. Whether you’re looking for sunny cafes, artisan bakeries or cosy bistros, this lively shopping strip has it all.
For a closer look at the history of Versailles’s the Musee Lambinet relives the town’s colourful narrative. It’s housed in the elegant Hotel Lambinet and showcased a beautiful collection of period decor, ceramics, art and more.
Getting around Versailles
If you’re exploring Avenue de Saint-Cloud or the Notre-Dame district, the easiest way to get around is on foot. From Paris, you can take the train to Versailles or rent a car and drive in under one hour.