Famous for its royal castle and sumptuous gardens, Versailles is located in the Ile-de-France region and has a population of around 85,000. Separated from Paris by less than 20 kilometers, the city welcomes a large number of tourists every year. In order for you to be able to choose the best suited accommodation for your needs, we suggest that you quickly get in touch with the hosts on HomeCamper. If you want to spend your stay directly with the locals of the area who can share their knowledge of the region with you, don't hesitate to book your stay in advance!
A masterpiece of classical art, the Château de Versailles, built in the 17th century, attracts visitors from all over the world. Symbol of grandeur and disproportion, this majestic building was the setting for many prestigious events and celebrations during the French monarchy.
Obviously classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this immense castle, with 700 rooms and 2513 windows, was built in two main stages. The old castle, an old hunting residence corresponding to the buildings bordering the famous Marble courtyard, was built in 1623, during the reign of Louis XIII, father of Louis XIV. Once in power, Sun King Louis XIV had it embellished by his architect Louis Le Vau from 1661 to 1668. Judging that the castle was too small, the Sun King again called on his architect to enlarge it from 1668 to 1670, and this part, which corresponds to the new castle, houses, as we can see today, the sumptuous Grands Appartements.
A visit to the interiors is a must, as it allows you to discover furniture and works of art, each more prestigious than the next.
The famous Galerie des Glaces, decorated with 357 mirrors, is a masterpiece in its own right. In the 17th century, this gallery was considered a real luxury, but also a great change because it offered guests the privilege of being able to admire each other entirely.
In addition to the Place d'Armes and its access to the castle, and to all the monuments that complete it, you can discover the Old Versailles, at the site of the medieval village acquired by Louis XIII, which is the historic heart of the city, where the Convent of the Recollets, for example, is located, or the former Foreign Affairs Hotel. Also to be seen in town are the Saint-Louis district, with the Saint-Louis cathedral; then the Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche station, in stone, cast iron and glass, dating from 1840; the former Royal Hospital, which was created by Louis XIII in 1636; the former Queen's convent, now the Hoche high school; the Montansier theatre; various parks and gardens adjacent or not to the castle, such as the Potager du Roi, the Balbi Park or the Orangerie.
There are also several museums to visit, such as the Musée des Carrosses, the Salle du Jeu de Paume, or the Osmothèque, with its very beautiful collection of perfumes. Don't forget either the different pedestrian crossings of Versailles, where craftsmen's shops and bars or restaurants are hidden.
Even if the castle is undeniably the city's undisputed treasure, you will undoubtedly be pleasantly surprised by the pretty hidden corners of Versailles!
The most favourable months in terms of climate and weather in Versailles are July, August and September. These are also the months with the highest average of temperatures in the city.
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