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Is It Worth Visiting Versailles Night Fountains and Fireworks Show?

Is It Worth Visiting Versailles Night Fountains and Fireworks Show?

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.

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A fountain in the middle of a grassed area that has been cut into patterns in Versailles.

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.

walkway with high trees on each side in Versailles.

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.

People walking around the gardens and fountains in Versailles.

The Orangery

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.

Box hedge in Versailles with illuminated lanterns in poles dotted around.

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.

The Collonade

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.

Pink fireworks exploding in the air.

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.

Chateaux of Versailles.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Make sure you purchase the correct ticket before arriving from the official Versailles website.

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Becky

Friday 30th of June 2023

Angie, I know this post is a few years old, but I am traveling to Paris with my daughters next month and have a question for you about Versailles. It will be all of our first times at Versailles. I see that the night fountain shows are from 8:30-11:00pm. But we would also like to visit the Palace and I saw that it closes at 6:30pm. Is there a way to do both in the same day so that we are not traveling out two separate days? What would you suggest. Thanks!

WhereAngieWanders

Saturday 15th of July 2023

In answer to your question I would suggest going for dinner in between the time the palace shuts and the fireworks start.

There are outdoor cafes/ restaurants directly across from Versailles so you don’t need to go too far.

It will kill and hour or so before you need to queue for the fireworks.

There is also a public park at Versailles but there isn’t much there however you could have a wander around it before dinner to fill in some time.

Hope this helps. Have a lovely time.

Carrie Ann | Should Be Cruising

Friday 28th of February 2020

Wow! Versailles was the first day trip I did during my first time visiting Paris back in the 90s. I'll be back in Paris for a few days later this year, and I wasn't planning to see Versailles again. After reading this, I think I might reconsider and take an evening trip out there. Good suggestion to stay locally since the fireworks show is so late - I'll remember that when I book the hotels.

WhereAngieWanders

Friday 28th of February 2020

I'm so glad my post has inspired you to re-visit Versailles. You will love the Night Fountains Show it is amazing.