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The park of Versailles, the Orangery, the Bassin de Neptune

A little walk in the park of the chateau of Versailles among the fountains and the groves.

This walk is located inside the park of the Château de Versailles, the access to the park is free for pedestrians but paying for vehicles. For this walk you can park your car outside the park (difficult to find a free place) and you enter the park on foot through the Queen's gate which is very close to the gardens. There is no particular difficulty on the route except perhaps the lack of shade as in all the French gardens. It can be very hot in summer. The fountains work on the days of the Grandes Eaux (mainly Saturdays and Sundays in summer). Beware during the Great Waters, the access to most of the park is not free (8,5E), only the part located towards the Grand Canal is free. On the other days of the week, access to the park for pedestrians is free but the fountains do not work.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 2 h.

Departure

If there is room to park in the street, you can access the park in a few minutes through the Queen's gate. Parking is charged as everywhere in Versailles.

Le Trianon Palace

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Le Trianon Palace
The Trianon Palace is just at the edge of the park (550 E per night). Gordon Ramsay, made famous by his TV shows, officiates in the kitchen. The prices are as good as his reputation.

The Neptune Basin

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The Neptune Basin
The Neptune basin is a huge piece of water.

Seen from outside the castle

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Seen from outside the castle
We pass in front of the huge Palace of Versailles during the walk.

The gardens

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The gardens
The formal gardens are constantly maintained by a multitude of gardeners.

The little train

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The little train
If you want to go to Marie-Antoinette's estate, it is better to take the little train that runs through the park at regular intervals (6,70 E). You also have the option of a more elegant but more expensive golf cart (30 E per hour).

L'Orangerie

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L'Orangerie
Beautiful little garden with a multitude of trees (palm trees, lemon trees...). It is necessary to take advantage of it during the summer because from October 15 all is put back in the immense orangery just beside.

Stairs

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Stairs
Two monumental staircases on each side of the Orangery allow you to descend into this part of the park.

Colonnade Grove

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Colonnade Grove
A sublime marble summer garden with fountains all around.

Apollo's Basin

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Apollo's Basin
In the foreground you can see the Apollo basin representing Apollo on a horse-drawn chariot. In the second plan you can see the Grand Canal where boating is allowed. The distances are important, it is better to make two visits to see everything.

Perspective of the Neptune basin

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Perspective of the Neptune basin
The fountains only work during the Great Waters, mainly on Saturdays and Sundays at certain times. Beware, access to certain parts of the park becomes chargeable during the watering.

View of the Palace of Versailles

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View of the Palace of Versailles
The crowds are mostly present along this alley. The park is so large that the various groves on the sides are less crowded.

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