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The Grand Canal

Address: Inside the Parc, Versailles, France
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Ranked #4 of 31 Attractions in Versailles
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
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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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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The grand canal is very picturesque and beautiful . The sculptures and fountains are amazing. One can also take a mini-train ride along the canal which starts out from behind the palace grounds.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is nice. It is hard to miss it when you exit the main building after touring the rooms. There are some paddle boats out on the water, not sure where you can rent them from. There are a few other fountains in the area with sculptures.

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Versailles, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Packed a picnic and sat by the canal with the palace as a background. Food, wine and sunshine. The gardens are worth walking through just as much as the chateau.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The grand canal was beautiful but the bridges and streets are over-run with tourists, very crowded but worth visiting.

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Feilding, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We were SO disappointed when we visited to find that the main fountain and pumping station were under repair and so no water was being circulated through the fountains, canal or lake. The water was so green it was hard to see the coloured fish and the many fountains in the garden were sitting in green slimy ponds! To make... More 

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Derby, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Vast stretch of water which on a clear day with the sun shining is magnificent. The time & skill it must have taken to create can only be imagined. Fabulous!

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