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Address: | Parc du Chateau de Versailles, 78000, Versailles, France
Phone Number: 0139663000
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I think this and the gardens are the highlight of a trip to Versailles. It needs to be seen on a bright sunny day to get the best views. There are numerous ponds adjacent to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I think this and the gardens are the highlight of a trip to Versailles. It needs to be seen on a bright sunny day to get the best views. There are numerous ponds adjacent to the Canal, some with swans and ducks. Note that the fountains may not be working full time on weekends. Check the website for details.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place to picnic and row a boat when it's not too hot. It's 35 as I write this so no rowing from me The grand fountain is spectacular when working. It seems to come on at specific times.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take charge and set sail on the Grand Canal! Boat rentals are very reasonable and each boat can fit 4-6 people. If you bring someone along to do the rowing, you can even live like Louis XIV ( at least for an hour) shouting out "row" "row" "row" and waving in a kingly fashion to passers-by. We brought a picnic... More 

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Cambridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

This end of the gardens is actually free to get into, even on days when the gardens themselves have the musical fountains going meaning that there is a charge to get into them (this happens at the weekend). There are plenty of places to chill either in the sun or under the trees, we wished we had taken a picnic... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Walking around learning about how the the canals were made was pretty cool. It was hot that day but still a great trip

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

Rented a boat for the first time after many visits and on a beautiful day like yesterday it is magical, with amazing views of the chateau...

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Best to quickly finish the siteseeing and come here to chill. Its beautiful and calm making it a great spot for picnic, reading or an afternoon snooze under the shade of the trees. We had gone to the local market to get some great fruits, bread, cheese and pastries which we enjoyed eating here.

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

We tried to pack in the palace and the garden and didn't have time to take a boat ride. It looks so fun. There is a huge "waterfall" like water feature.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

This is a lovely area within Versailles. Located just beyond the garden area the lake is visible from a good distance away. People milling about on the grounds and enjoying the boating are the big attraction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We rented bikes, including kids bikes, right near the head of the grand canal. I believe this area is accessible to the public for free. The tree lined lanes are gorgeous and flat; terrific for riding. I liked this much better than the palace or fountains.

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