During the day, the splendour of Versailles, with its chateau and gardens, is breathtaking. Still, when evening arrives, something new and magical occurs – an unmissable event called the Versailles Night Fountains Show.
In this post, you will learn about the Versailles Extravaganza and decide whether it is worth visiting.
Getting to Versailles from Paris
Train: Take the one-hour RER train journey from Paris to Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche station, and from there, it is a short walk away.
Taxi: Private transfers from Paris can be arranged with your hotel.
Car: If you plan to travel around France, you may want to book a rental car. Versailles is a 16-mile drive from Paris. Car parking is available at Versailles or your local hotel.
Or join a fabulous day tour from Paris to Versailles, which includes cycling around the park and skip-the-queues evening entry into Versailles to see the Night Fountain and Fireworks Show.
How to see the Fountains and Fireworks Show at Versailles
I booked the Versailles Garden Night Fountains and Firework Show to celebrate my birthday and as a fitting end to my two-week Europe Road Trip.
Visitors to the Night Fountains Show with fireworks are welcomed into the gardens as the sun sets around 8:00 p.m.; seeing them at twilight is incredible. Versailles gets crowded on these special evenings, so arrive slightly earlier than your ticketed time to get to the front of the queue.
You have several hours to wander around the gardens before the fireworks start. Refreshment stalls are available around the gardens, but bringing your water and a snack is a good idea as prices are high and the queues are long.
At 10:45 p.m., the grand firework finale starts, illuminating the night sky and leaving the audience speechless. This brings a finish to the Versailles Night Fountain Show.
What to Expect at the Versailles Fireworks Show
The Garden of Versailles is one of the biggest gardens in the world, almost 2000 hectares in size, with manicured lawns, sculpted hedges, secret spots, fountains, statues, and meandering walkways.
During the Fountains and Fireworks Show, the garden of King Louis XlV is transformed into a fairytale setting.
They are illuminated with lanterns and candles, creating a magical vibe. Fountains gush water into the air as a bubble machine’s colourful orbs drift along on the evening breeze. Add to that the sound of Baroque music floating through the air, and if you shut your eyes, you could almost be transported back to the Sun King’s court.
The Grand Perspective
This panoramic view from the chateau over the manicured lawns and down to the Grand Canal is possibly the most photographed part of the Versailles garden. When we visited, the hues of the setting sun and the bubbles floating around the sky gave an almost ethereal feel to the landscape.
The Orangery is the location of hundreds of tiny lanterns strategically placed to make the area look even more surreal than usual. As dusk falls, the twinkling lights illuminate every inch of it.
The Fountain Latona
Fountain Latona lies between the Palace of Versailles and the Grand Canal, with the statue of Latona, the Roman goddess of motherhood and modesty, on the top tier. We loved seeing bubbles floating about, making the fountain look even more enchanting.
The impressive mile-long Grand Canal stretches through the garden and to the lake at the bottom. This is where the evening fireworks grand finale takes place.
With Baroque music playing, you almost expect to turn a corner and bump into the “Sun King” himself.
The Roman Collonade is a hidden area with a central fountain and a full circle of arches. It’s a great place to sit and absorb the enchanting atmosphere all around.
The Main Extravaganza
Before the fireworks are set off, see the fantastic fire and music display on the central lawn. It’s brilliant!
Versailles’ fireworks are so remarkable that you can see them from anywhere in the gardens, so don’t worry about being right by the lake. I have to say I think the fireworks display in Versailles was one of the best I have ever seen.
Chateau of Versailles
It is easy to see why the Chateau of Versailles is one of the world’s most famous landmarks, especially after dark when illuminated and standing majestically within the gardens.
If you plan on visiting Versailles Palace during the day, you could buy a skip-the-line tour ticket to enter the chateau until closing time and then use your separate Night Fountains and Firework ticket for admission to the display.
Where to stay in Versailles
Budget: 2-star Royal Hotel Versailles. Scores 8.3 /10 from guest reviews. An average nightly stay in July is £112.
Mid-Range: 3-star Hotel la Residence du Barry. Scores 8.3 /10 from guest reviews. An average nightly stay in July is £146.
Luxury: 5-star – We chose to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Versailles because it was a walkable distance from the Palace of Versailles. Scores 8.3 /10 from guest reviews. An average nightly stay in July is £327.
As the Night Fountains Show finishes at 11 pm, we wanted to stay locally so we could quickly walk back to our hotel without needing transport.
I loved everything about the Versailles Fountains and Fireworks Show and would recommend it to anyone who wants an entirely different experience from the typical tours of Versailles. It is suitable for all age groups, and it was lovely to see both young and old enjoying themselves in such a historical setting.
Please note: The Night Fountains Show, including fireworks, is entirely different from other tickets you can buy for Versailles’ fountains show during the day.
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