About 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) west of Paris is Versailles, one of the country’s jewels par excellence. If there is something this destination is well-known for, that is the Palace of Versailles, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Not only does its 17th and 18th century architecture stand out; its more than 800 hectares (2000 acres) of idyllic gardens do so as well. It is precisely here, in a decisive site in French History, where each summer stunning shows such as Les Grandes Eaux Musicales and Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes take place, in which music, lights and water are front and center.
Visiting this architectonic complex is quite easy with our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains. Each day, trains depart from Barcelona, Figueres and Girona to Paris, where you will be able to connect to Versailles.
Gardens that surround the Palace
If you want to learn about the origins of the Palace of Versailles, you need to go back to the time of King Louis XIII, since it was here where his hunting lodge was located. However, it was his son, Louis XIV who would order the construction of this mansion. Since then, it would become the royal residence of several monarchs until the onset of the French Revolution. Not only did the royal family live on its premises, but all sorts of events and festivities for the high nobility were also held there.
But in addition to the palace, Versailles is composed of a set of gardens, ponds, fountains and prominent monuments, such as the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon.
The charm of this place is even greater during the summer, when Versailles becomes the stage for many light, water and sound spectacles that are worth witnessing at least once in your lifetime.
Les Grandes Eaux Musicales
The Latona fountain in the heart of Versailles
Les Grandes Eaux Musicales is a spectacle which makes the fountains and ponds that dot the gardens of Versailles become the center of attention. Wonderful water shows, cascades and streams offer a masterful show for the audience, to melodies by Lully, an Italian composer in charge of entertaining the court of King Louis XIV with his pieces, Rameau and other major figures of baroque music. A novelty in 2018 is that the impressive Fountain of Neptune will display all of its charms every 15 minutes to delight all visitors.
This water exhibit can be enjoyed all weekends between March and October.
Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes
From mid-June to mid-September, Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes will be in charge of filling the nights with light and water choreographies. Every Saturday, Versailles will be peculiarly lit with fireworks and regain the splendor of the royal festivities organized by Louis XIV.
Once again, baroque music will be the main theme of a show that is sure to leave everyone in awe.
If you are yearning for more, come experience it! Our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains will take you at high speed to the main cities in France. We are looking forward to seeing you!