Biking the Grounds of Versailles


The Mission: Discover The Palace of Versailles in one day!

The Prep:
Tickets can be purchased online or at the palace. I arrived early and purchased “the passport” ticket for 18 Euros.

The Gear:
Comfortable shoes
Light layers as it was a bit chilly inside

The Execution:
Chateau de Versailles, the opulent palace known for the grand Hall of Mirrors. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed upon entering this vast estate. Many visitors tour the palace and a bit of the gardens and call it a day, but that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to see it all, explore all the estates and frolic in all the gardens, but how you ask? By bike of course!

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After seeing the palace, I walked through the gardens at the back of the estate toward the Grand Canal. On the north (right) side of the canal near the restaurant, I found a bike rental station. I also rented a lock so I could stop and explore some of the other estates. There are numerous paths throughout the vast estate that are gravel, paved, or dirt and make for a very smooth and easy ride. I road around the canal, through the tree lined paths of the gardens, stopped to tour the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s estate before I found an old farm. After riding for a few hours, I stopped for a bite to eat at one of the food stands before heading back to drop off the bike. There is absolutely no better way to see Versailles!

The Highlights:

  • Level of difficulty: casual
  • A photo ID is needed for bike rental.
  • Food and restrooms are available throughout the estate or bring your own picnic!
  • Biking offers the opportunity to see much more of the estate than you would see on foot.
  • Arrive early and enjoy a full day at the estate.

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