Versailles, France

Majestic and beautiful, Versailles is the former unofficial capital of France and sits just 10 miles outside of Paris. Easily reachable by train, Versailles is renowned worldwide for the Château de Versailles and the Gardens of Versailles, both designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Small List

  1. The Potager du Roi - Built between 1678 and 1683 at the request of Louis XIV, this remarkable French garden near the Palace of Versailles, produced fresh vegetables and fruits for the table of the King’s court. 

  2. Domaine de Marie Antoinette - The home of the last Queen of France before the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette came to the Petit Trianon not only to escape the formality of court life, but also to shake off the burden of her royal responsibilities. At Versailles, the Petit Trianon was her place of ease and leisure.

  3. Palace of Versailles - The Royal Chateau since 1682 was originally built as a hunting lodge and became the seat of political power when King Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris. They remained and absolute monarchy began until the royal family was forced to return to Paris in 1789, months after the start of the French Revolution. The most lavish and opulent of all palaces encompassing 721,182 sq ft. with 700 rooms, more than 2,000 windows, 1,250 fireplaces and 67 staircases, 50 water fountains, meticulously manicured lawns, formal French gardens (now a UNESCO World Heritage site), and countless sculptures. 

  4. L’Angelique - Changing with the seasons, fresh ingredients are simply prepared in the plush dining room of a handsome 17th Century mansion. A very pleasant culinary experience.

  5. Trianon Palace Versailles Hotel - Thoughtful accommodations set amid the tranquil, three acre Parc de Versailles located on the edge of the Royal Domain, less than a mile from Louis XIV's world famous Chateau de Versailles.