The Night Fountains Show and The Royal Serenades of Versailles

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The Gardens of the Château de Versailles

Until October 7, 2022

No dialogue

Location

The Gardens of the Château de Versailles
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 1000 seats

Duration

2 hours and 35 minutes

No intermission

 


Details

Open air show

Recommended for all ages, free for -6yo

No dialogue


Highlights

The Four Seasons Fountains, The Fountains of the Fight of the Animals, Dragon Fountain, Neptune Fountain, Latona’s Fountain, Enceladus Grove, The Great Perspective, Apollo’s Fountain, The Grove of the Domes, Mirror Fountain, Colonnade Grove, Girandole and Dauphin’s Grove… Have you heard about these famous locations? If not, now is your time! Night and day, the Gardens of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must see. These famous French gardens and their fabulous fountains come to life and are adorned with thousands of colors! It’s almost as if each water fountain is competing to be the most beautiful… Luckily, you won’t have to decide! 

Story

It’s hard not to be awestruck by the beautiful Night Fountains in the gardens of the Château de Versailles. The walk is full of colors and surprises, the ponds and groves are lit up and play with thousands of reflections. A unique 2.5 hour walk full of surprises and cascades of light.

To imagine what it was like being able to cross paths with Louis XIV and living in the Royal Chapel and the King’s and Queen’s flats, choose the Royal Serenade! A 45-minute stroll in the company of baroque dancers, actors and musicians from the Compagnie de Danse l’Éventail, and the ensemble Les Folies françoises. Experience all the pleasures of the 17th century in a fabulous and shimmering setting to music by Lully and Rameau. The Great Century can live again!

Since this show is outdoors there is no maximum capacity, we allow our customers to attend any session regardless of which specific date they buy for. In order to purchase a ticket for the Night Fountains show and The Royal Serenade you will be asked to first choose a date. Although you have paid for a specific date, you will still have the opportunity to attend any of the performances.
 

Garden Launch Program

From 8:30 p.m. to 10:50 p.m.: The Great Perspective

From 8:30 pm to 8:40 p.m.: The grove of the Arc de Triomphe, the Ballroom, the Water Theater, the Girandole, the Dauphin, the basins of the Four Seasons and the Mirror and the Parterre of the Orangery

From 8:45 p.m. to 10:40 p.m.: The groves and basins of the Colonnade, the Enceladus, the Domes and the Obelisk.

From 8:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: The Neptune basin 5 minutes, every 15 minutes

From 10:50 p.m. to 11:05 p.m.: A fireworks display in front of the Grand Canal at the Appolon Tank basin brings the evening to a close

 

- Exceptional evenings on July 9th (French Patrol), July 14th (Bastille Day) and August 15th (Nocturnes de feu). 

 

- As the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes take place in the Gardens of Versailles, there is no limit of places.

 

- Single and prestige tickets are not dated. They are valid for the Saturday of your choice between July 9th and September 17th included, as well as July 14th and August 15th, whatever date you select.

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The Gardens of the Château de Versailles

4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
830 hectares, around 200,000 trees, 210,000 flowers planted each year, 55 fountains, 620 water jets, 35 kilometres of canalisation... Figures that make you dizzy and that do not fail to impress the visitor... The Gardens of the Château de Versailles are a true masterpiece forged by the hands of André Le Nôtre, Louis XIV's first gardener, and then by those of Jules Hardouin-Mansart from 1676. Now a Unesco World Heritage Site and bearing the "Jardin Remarquable" label, they welcome visitors from all over the world who come to discover the famous "à la française" gardens, this very characteristic type of garden with trimmings and amenities, an expression of true classicism in the art of gardening which corresponds to a search for formal perfection. Come and see this extraordinary garden! The great innovation of the French garden is the adoption of a layout structured around a grand central perspective. Its originality lies in its structure and dimensions. It is mainly characterized by the geometry of its plan where the plants are shaped, the presence of a raised terrace that makes you want to discover it by degrees, a perspective from the flats, a constant dramatization at every turn with the creation of copses, fountains and water mirrors. Everything is about pleasure and discovery. The fountains are adorned with water-spouting sculptures, the groves are decorated with splendid marble statues and small flats. You will never tire of admiring the Bassin de Latone, the Bassin du Char d'Apollon, the Bosquet de la Salle de bal, the Bosquet de l'Encelade, the Bosquet des trois fontaines, the Miroir d'eau... while imagining yourself walking in the footsteps of the Sun King and his courtiers. An exceptional garden for an exceptional walk!

FAQ

How do I get to the Gardens of the Château de Versailles?

The Gardens of the Château de Versailles are accessible by Line N from Paris Montparnasse station (direction Dreux, Mantes-la-Jolie, Rambouillet), SNCF trains arrive at Versailles Chantiers station, an 18-minute walk from the Château with signposted access. Last return: 12:30 a.m. From Paris Saint-Lazare station (direction Versailles Rive droite), SNCF trains arrive at Versailles Rive Droite station, a 17-minute walk from the Château with signposted access. Last return: 12:15 a.m. Our customer service can be contacted in case of difficulty from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Can I get to the Château de Versailles by car?

Yes, when coming from Paris take the A13 motorway, exit Versailles Notre-Dame or take the A86 motorway, exit Versailles Centre. From 7 p.m. onwards, on the evenings of the Night Fountains, parking is free on the Place d'Armes. Be careful and plan to arrive very early.

What is included with the Prestige ticket?

The Prestige ticket entitles you to a dedicated parking lot accessible via the Queen's Gate from 7 p.m., direct access to the site via the Grille de Neptune from 7:45 p.m. and a free glass of champagne to enjoy before your visit.

Where is the entrance to the Gardens?

The Gardens are accessible via the Cour d'Honneur for the standard tickets or by The Queen's Gate (for Prestige tickets).

Can I take photos during the performance?

Yes, actually, we recommend you to take photos in order to seize your unique moment at the Night Fountains.

How should I dress?

As the Night Fountains show takes place outside, you should bring warm clothing and of course an umbrella just in case! We also recommend that you bring comfortable shoes and clothing.

Does the Night Fountains show take place in case of rain?

The Night Fountain show takes place outdoors and is held regardless of the weather conditions. We therefore advise you to check the weather for the date you have chosen and of course to bring an umbrella.

Where to go to see the Royal Serenade?

Access to the Royal Serenade in the Hall of Mirrors is via the Cour d'Honneur, Door B. The Serenade passes through various rooms: the Royal Chapel, the Great Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Marble Court.

Is it a show for international tourists or for the French?

For both! For many years, the Gardens of the Château de Versailles have welcomed tourists from all over the world. The Night Fountains is a visual show. The Royal Serenade is a musical show with no dialogues.

Covid-19 Information

Specific measures and obligations may apply to this show. Before making your reservation, please check the updated information on our Covid-19 page: https://www.theatreinparis.com/en/page/covid-19