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This weekend I was downloading the remaining of my photos from my trip to Lyon last month and I came across some older photos. They were photos I took during another trip in France a few years ago. I stayed in Paris at the time, but I had the chance to visit some truly amazing castles around Paris. As a little warning – some of these castles are not reachable by public transport, so you’re gonna need to rent a car or find a guided tour. I went with the guided tour option, because it felt a lot more relaxing.
Visiting the castles in France is a unique experience. We had the chance to visit the 4 that I’ll tell you about. But a quick search on Google will reveal a lot more that are worth the trip. It’s a full package of stunning sights, amazing buildings, art and a lot of history!
Palace of Versailles
Getting to Versailles from Paris is rather easy, as you can take the RER C. There’s also the option to take the train from Montparnasse. We took the RER as it was closer to us and it’s also cheap, I think one ticket was around 7 euros.
I would suggest to plan for a day at Versailles, if you want a chance to visit everything. The place is huge and absolutely stunning. We arrived somewhere around 8-9 a.m. and stayed until 3 p.m. and some of the things we visited almost seemed rushed. Of course, for us the main problem was going right “in season”, in July, when it’s super crowded and we spent at least an hour waiting in line to just get in Versaille. No fun. But totally worth it. Once inside, you should definitely check out the chapels and chambers of the main chateau. Careful not to miss the Hall of Mirrors! There’s also the Grand and Petit Trianon and let’s not forget the Queen’s farm.
If you do spend the day here, you have a few food options as there are cafes and restaurants inside the castle. Be prepared for more waiting in line, especially if you visit in season.