Parterre d'Eau
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Parterre is an ornamental garden with paths between the beds. Water parterre is a terrace between the Chateau and the gardens. It has two huge rectangular ponds.
In 1674 Louis XIV ordered 24 statues to grace the terrace, they comprised the Four Seasons, the Four Continents, the Four Elements, the Four Humors of Man, the Four Poems and the Four Hours of the Day.
In 1685 the plans were changed and the statues were spread out in other gardens.

The two large rectangular pools reflect the sun's rays and light up the outside wall of the Hall of Mirrors. They are decorated with figures in bronze representing rivers and their tributaries, the Seine and the Marne, the Garonne and the Dordogne, the Loire and the Loiret and the Rhone and the Saône.
Written 8 October 2022
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The-Farias
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany1,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Walked through the garden before the palace tour and it was breath taking. The sculptures, the multiple fountains was fascinating. It would have been neat to be around during this time to see these fountains in all their glory. The fountains were not on but I bet they would look and sound neat during the day and night. It’s truly incredible what was built that long ago.
Written 15 June 2022
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Margaret151151
Cardiff, UK2,304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Visit on a Saturday night in the summer when they are at their best! Attractive as they are as still, reflective pools, the water parterres were made for movement. We had the opportunity to visit in three different modes: fountains switched off - nice reflections but rather flat and some parts (eg ballroom) just plain boring; water switched on with music - glorious! Fountains switched on with music, smoke, bubbles and lighting effects and fireworks - fabulous! And if you’re lucky, like us, a stunning sunset from the terrace thrown in! Go at 8.30pm to enjoy a great evening.

We bought a €25 passport ticket for Sunday, so spent some of the afternoon wandering through the gardens (after visiting the Trianons) when the fountains were turned on at 3.30pm until 5pm - they are also on from 11-12 noon at the weekend. (Cost for Musical Fountains only is €9 at the w/end I think. NB different times for the €8 Tuesday show - check!).

Music plays in some of the groves, sounds thunder from the Enceladus Grove and at the Mirror Fountain, a must-see, the fountains dance in time to Baroque music (this last fountain is the only one to play all day from 10am-6.30pm). Other ones not to miss are the North, South and Orangerie Parterre fountains (which set off the surrounding flora), the Ballroom Grove (fountains and cascades), the Girandole, Apollo’s chariot (down by the Grand Canal), Grove of Apollo’s Bath, Dragon Fountain and Three Fountains Alley. Head for Neptune fountain before 5.15 to find a place to sit for the final show from 5.20-5.30pm - it doesn’t do fancy things like some of the others, but it's magical watching the huge beast fire up as each of the jets is turned on, then after a glorious ten minutes watching the spectacle to Lully-style music, watching the powerful creature subsiding!

However, the best experience was our Anniversary treat: the Fountains Night Show (Grandes Eaux Musicales) on Saturday evening which cost €24 (I know, but I did say “treat”!) Water features from 8:30 to 10:40 pm. The fireworks display starts at 10:50 pm and finishes at 11.05pm. (If travelling back to Paris by train or bus, it is doable, but check times!) Go early to see grounds and gardens, and if you’re lucky and time it right, catch a stunning sunset reflected in the Grand Canal and Chateau windows and possibly grab a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or (mediocre and expensive: €10) champagne.

Find a map which will indicate three routes (well signed in the gardens): Route A along south gardens between Orangerie and Grand Canal (we reversed A1 and A2), Route B along north gardens from Neptune to Grand Canal (we started at B5 and did B3 in reverse, ending with B1 and B2, near the Latona fountain (currently being restored),and ignored B4 – Lee Ufan installation), Route C between Orangerie and Neptune without going all the way down to the Grand Canal (less walking). Can try to do it all, but make sure you find a good place overlooking the canal to watch the flames and fireworks set to music: Charpantier, Handel, and Lully! (The only map I can find on line is at http://betsysbriefings.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-fountains-night-show-at-versailles.html but have photographed mine – don’t know if you will be able to make it out.)

Near the Latona fountain (currently being renovated) were bubble machines reflecting the rays of the setting sun, fire jets danced in time to the music down the tapis vert between Latona and the Apollo fountain, the Mirror Fountain’s jets changed colour as they danced, tall pyramid lanterns graced the King’s Garden, the Colonnade Grove had smoke and laser effects, and the Three Fountains Grove had smoke and dry ice as well as lighting effects.

Warning: if you enjoy labyrinths, you will have a ball; if you get lost easily, be prepared! We found the map pretty useless once we were inside the groves (day and night!). The best thing is to follow the signs and the rest of the crowd! Enjoy!
Written 19 August 2014
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JKerr88
Swavesey, UK605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We went twice to the gardens, once when the fountains weren't working (it's free entry then) and once to see the musical fountains (there is then an entrance price), and both times were fantastic, but if you are there at the weekend would recommend paying the extra entrance fee to see the fountains - they are on 11-12 and again 3.30-5.00, Sat and Sun, with various fountains also displaying to music at different times of day. Pick up a fountains map as you go through the gardens ticket office, useful to plan your walk and it also lists which fountains have music and the timings.
Be prepared - the gardens cover a lot of ground! The map you can pick up includes a one hour and two hour option for walking round, and this is useful guidance as it would be easy to get lost and miss something spectacular.
If you're there on a Monday the Palace itself will be closed, but there is free access to the gardens every week day. In fact we did our second garden visit on the Monday and the gardens were much quieter as obviously most of the crowds come to do both the Palace and gardens on the same day - if you have time, consider spreading your visit over two days so it isn't a rush to get round everything.
Written 17 August 2016
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Bahrain reviews
Manama, Bahrain3,263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Verdict- Recommended
Time- Less than 5 mins (for this part only)
Fees: Included as part of the palace tour ticket

This will be part of your chateau de Versailles tour, and will be in front of you once you finish the main palace tour and enter in to the gardens.
Written 8 May 2016
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pjames862016
Clinton, TN65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Too hot to enjoy. Very large and on a cool day could spend a couple of hours there. The Fountian is very pretty.
Written 9 July 2019
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Passioncookress
Schweinfurt, Germany1,870 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Due to the fact that only in the morning or at 3:30 in the afternoon all fountains are running simultaneously. We couldn't wait any longer due to our ride back at 1:30 pm another two hours, so we were not able to see them all running.
Written 13 August 2017
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Leonard M
Walnut, CA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Tried to take a wide angle shot of this and it still didn't cover it. Huge is to say one thing, but it's really beautiful.
Written 11 September 2015
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Nick D
Calgary, Canada1,216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
there are days when the fountains have a musical show but we were not there for that but still found them beautiful with the intricate design features and the hundreds of sculptures. one of the first things you see when you are leaving the Chateau and are heading to the gardens.
Written 27 April 2020
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Pam L
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Golf cart unless you want to walk for miles-- the gardens are massive and very well laid out. We took the Golf cart which allowed us to get around easier
Written 12 May 2019
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