Visit the gardens of Versailles
A sumptuous green paradise surrounding the palace of the Sun King – these words describe the magnificent gardens designed by landscape architect André Le Nôtre around the Palace of Versailles.
Formerly stretching out across 8000 hectares, the grounds were divided into a hunting ground (the largest part) and a pleasure garden. The former came to be known as a “jardin à la française” (French Garden) and became the reference point for gardens throughout Europe in the 17th century. Designed around an infinite axis of perspective, it stretches out across 77 hectares of elegant pathways lined with marble statues, some of which lead onto lovely groves.
Upon your arrival at the palace, you can head directly to the gardens by heading to the top left-hand side of the Cour d’Honneur (passing by the Cour des Princes). Access to the gardens is free, except on the days of the Fountain Shows and Musical Gardens (from April to October).