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Summer at Versailles: Musical Fountain Shows and Fireworks

Summer at Versailles: Musical Fountain Shows and Fireworks

France's Palace of Versailles is a must-see at any time of year, but the palace especially comes alive in summer, when fireworks and musical fountain shows add to the magic. Here's what you need to know to experience these special summer events.

When to Go

The palace's summer garden events run from April to October. You can view the stunning fountain show on weekends between 10am and 7pm (plus some Tuesdays) and experience the Music in the Gardens program, which includes a musical promenade running through the formal French gardens, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

For an illuminated view, visit after dark and watch the special fountain night show and fireworks display, both of which run from mid–June to mid–September on Saturday evenings. Some tours also offer access to the Royal Serenade, a full period–costumed performance in Versailles’ famous Hall of Mirrors.

How to Go

Versailles is a quick day trip from Paris and one of the most popular. To see the summer shows and make the most of your time at the palace, choose a guided Versailles tour with fountain show tickets; skip-the-line palace tickets with included fountain show entry; or stand-alone royal garden tickets.

Things to Know

  • Most tours include roundtrip transportation from Paris.

  • The Versailles summer shows present a variety of stunning lights, colors, and water displays set to Baroque music, offering a unique Versailles experience that can only be had in summer.

  • Guided garden tours can be added to tours of the palace and state apartments—these options range from half-day to full-day experiences.

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Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris

Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris

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Imagine how the extravagance of Versailles was part of everyday life for Marie Antoinette during a guided tour of the palace with an optional fountain show. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines at the start of your tour. Gaze in wonder at the Royal Apartments and the Queen’s Apartments, and walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix. Plus explore the expansive gardens on your own after the palace tour.
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Versailles and Trianon Guided Full Day Trip from Paris

Versailles and Trianon Guided Full Day Trip from Paris

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Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles to avoid the often-long queues. Explore the opulent palace and expansive gardens, and — in the summer — take in the optional Versailles Fountain Show. This is a great way to see this must-see attraction outside Paris.
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  • 9 hours
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Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace & Gardens from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace & Gardens from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

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Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small-group tour from Paris to Versailles. With your ticket, breeze past the queue and join an expert guide for a fun and informative walk through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV—the Sun King—who built up the massive 700-room complex, adorning the space with luxuries fit for the French monarchy.
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  • 4 hours
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