The Chateau at Versailles is the most spectacular in France, befitting its status as the country's greatest palace. Begun in 1624 by Louis XIII as a hunting lodge, it was taken over by Louis XIV and transformed into the seat of royalty and power when the court and government moved here in 1682.
While the interior has masterpieces like the Hall of Mirrors and the King's Grand Apartments, the gardens are equally as splendid. Fountains and the play of water was a recurring theme in grand chateaus and Versailles didn't miss out.
Throughout the summer, to October 28th, the fountains spout in glorious fashion from 11am to noon and 3.30 to 5.30pm. But there are evening shows as well when you can walk through the grounds looking at the illuminated fountains while baroque music gently plays. The evenings are every Saturday to September 9th, with fireworks an added attraction at 11pm.
Evening show: Saturdays 9 to 11.20pm
Admission adult 23 euros, 6 to 17 years 19 euros, under fives free.