While the construction of the Palace of Versailles was quite a simple task for a king like Ludwik XIV, subordination of 800 hectares of nature is quite a challenge.
The plan to create a park with beautiful gardens was entrusted to the architect André Le Nôtre, and the work began in 1660.
Each element of the royal garden was carefully planned, and the whole scenery was directed.
You can enter the Versailles park for free if you do not visit the palace. In my opinion, it is quite an interesting prospect to go to the gardens on a different day than to the Palace of Versailles, because the queue to enter and the sightseeing of the apartments can be exhausting. If we add to this a peaceful walkway of the park, it grows to the rank of a heavy task, and yet the gardens were created for the pleasure of their visitors.
After crossing the security gates, we will be in the main square Place d’Armes. From there, go to the left and after going through the courtyard, we will enter the garden complex.
We will see gardens, and continuing straight, we can visit the entire park and reach the private palaces of Marie Antoinette – Petit and Grand Trianon (entrance paid).
The Versailles Gardens are the archetype of the jardin à la français, the so-called French garden based on geometrical forms, trimmed in fanciful forms of hedges and beautiful fountains. They show the perfect combination of vegetation, architecture and sculpture.
“Louis XIV was proud of his garden and had good reason for it, including groves, swimming pools, ground floors, canals, fountains and sculptures.” In 1669, eighty thousand chestnuts, spruces, hornbeams, oaks and elms were planted in the garden for hydration. the number of plants required a mass of sewage and irrigation equipment, and their length extended over sixty kilometers, and about two hundred pumps were used to pump water from the Seine. “
In the Versailles gardens you can spend the whole day walking along paths, resting by the ponds or eating lunch at a cafe in the park. Of course, the right weather is conducive to discovering this place. In the summer, when everything blooms and plants completes the charm of this place, it is more beautiful than winter. However, if visiting Paris in the colder months, I also recommend going to the Versailles gardens, because then they are surrounded by a mysterious atmosphere.
Do you know that there are 50 fountains and 200,000 trees in the Versailles Park?
I also invite you to read my post about the Palace of Versailles.
- Summer season (March- November) 9 am – 6.30 pm
- Winter season (November-March) 9 am – 5.30 pm
How to get there:
- Train Rer C stop – Versailles-Rive Gauche
- Train SNCF stop – Versailles-Rive Droite
- Gardens- Free entrance
- Normal ticket 18€ – entrance to the palace and the gardens
- Entrance to the palace, gardens and Tranion 23€
More information on the official website.
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles