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Address: Inside the Parc, Versailles, France
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Beautiful for boating

Rent a boat but difficult to row up the canal because of the winds...be prepared to have strong arms.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Rent a boat but difficult to row up the canal because of the winds...be prepared to have strong arms.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Can rent a paddle boat to go on the Grand Canal. Canal is very long. You can take the mini train from the Chateau towards the end of the Canal otherwise it's about a 20 minute walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Its bloody huge. I think that might sum it up quite well. I recommend taking a bike or you'll be stuck there for awhile trying to walk around it.

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Marathon, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

is very nice canal in the gardens of versailles you cant beleive how big is, you can see all only from the palace balcony i think is very romantic walking over there across to the river or enjoy your coffee looking the water and the spectacular gardens and trees around....

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Riyadh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

the Versailles gardens are so beautiful some are better than others and the grand canal adds life to it as water always refreshes the place.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It was one of our favorite picnic spots around Paris and have spent many lazy afternoons here. Wide open spaces afford lots of room so you do not really feel crowded even at the hight of summer. The rowing boats are a treat for young and old. And with the magnificent gardens and Versailles palace as a backdrop you simply... More 

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Carlsbad, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I highly, highly recommend taking time outdoors at Versailles. Get a picnic in the town of Versailles to bring here. Take time for the picnic and just sit back under a tree and enjoy the beauty. It is a splendid site, amazing that it was done so many years ago. You cannot miss this part of your visit.

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Bath, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It is amazing....a man-made waterway large enough row boats on, right in the "backyard" of the Palace of Versailles. We got to Versailles as soon as it opened and went right in--absolutely no lines or crowds--even though it was summer. We brought along a picnic lunch--which we were not able to take into the palace, but which the staff at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

You will notice as you move through the gardens along the Grand Canal that the paths perpendicular to the canal flow right out into the suburb of Versailles. Versailles itself is a bedroom community of Paris. The nice thing is that the residents use the gardens much like Central Park in NYC. So you will see folks biking, running, walking... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

You will get some nice views of the Chateau from the Grand Canal. It is a pleasant area to stroll and chances are you won't find crowds here as it is a huge area.

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