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Versailles, just 21 km southwest of Paris, is best known as the site of the ostentatious Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by Louis the XIV out of a humble hunting lodge. The majesty and gilt of the hall of mirrors and the manicured perfection of the gardens has been the backdrop for numerous historical epochs. As the seat of the royal court of France from 1682 to 1789, it became the symbol of royal excess from which Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were dragged and carried to their executions in the French Revolution. Later, the world was shaped in the Hall of Mirrors, which saw both the proclamation creating the German Empire and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles (ending WWI). It’s best to visit early in the day to avoid crowds. The rest of the city, should you choose to visit, is accessible by bus and on foot, and has a scattering of historic locations, including the king’s vegetable garden (Portager du Roi) and good restaurants, although the Palace is by far the most alluring attraction.
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    Ken Lasher
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    After viewing the palace, there is no wonder why the peasants revolted. The rooms were spectacular with painted ceilings and even more impressive paintings on walls. Every room was like its own museum. It was crowded the day we went there but the guide said that was expected every day. Plan on staying a few hours to see the entire palace. It is worth it.

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    Manuela Nadin
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    What to say about Versailles! It is so luxury and wide as you imagine it could be being the residence palace of the famous Louis XIV! Everything is so rich and wide, even though a little unpersonal in some rooms. When I visited it an exhibition of Jeff Koons was on... A magnificent contrast! I loved it.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This Chateau was originally built as a hunting lodge - well a big one anyway and then expanded. Now it is the largest of the European palaces, the one that all the other "lodges" are compared too. Get there early to avoid long lines and try to go when the fountains are working - they are very impressive.

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    David Eastin
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    An enchanting place to wander around and see the extravagance of Marie Antoinette. Spend the money to rent bikes on the grounds because they are huge and walking will wear you out quickly.

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    KyleGoesGlobal
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    I believe it was a Monday when I went so the palace was closed but I've heard from numerous people it is overrated. None the less, I would still view it. However, what I recommend is rent bikes for an hour or two in the gardens. They are so massive and expansive with so much to see. A great afternoon can be spent this way!

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    Shawn Daugherty
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Some of the best shopping in France. Go to the side streets away from the palace and this small town is an absolutely joy to experience! It is actually had a better time wondering around the town than i did seeing the opulence of the palace.

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    Hari
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Visit the truly enchanting palace of the Sun King Louis XVI just outside of Paris. It is an hour's ride away but the sight will simply mesmerize you. Totally worth the waiting. Probably the best maintained palace in the whole world.

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    Chris
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    The history of Versailles is quite incredible. Louis XIV moved the French capital to Versailles originally as his hunting lodge but slowly turned it into what it is today. The royal family was forced to move back to Paris after the start of the French Revolution. The sheer size of the chateau and surrounding buildings signifies extreme wealth and corruption. We decided to simply explore the grounds for a couple hours and then we bought the self-guided audio tour. Once you get inside it is very crowded and not a lot of air circulation. It was interesting to see the ornate decorations on the inside, but we all found the surrounding area to be the best part.

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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    This glitzy, golden palace is the imposing former home of Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV, and a common day trip from Paris.

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    Hannah Anderson
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Seeing the palace around Christmas covered in snow was magical! It is about a 45 minute train ride outside of Paris, so it is very practical for a day trip. There is an audio guide for the palace that gives plenty of information. It really is a work of art inside the walls. Gorgeous!

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