20 kilometres away from Paris, the town of Versailles is world-famous for its Palace, real masterpiece of classic architecture. But Versailles offers many other opportunities to visitors along its streets and avenues. Built in the 17th century straight along from the Palace, the royal town has kept much evidence of its past as illustrated by the numerous mansions, the picturesque Saint-Louis district and the religious buildings, such as the Notre-Dame church and the Saint-Louis cathedral.
The town centre is particularly attractive, with its shops, its restaurants and cafés, and its renowned market, which takes place every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning on the Marché Notre-Dame square.
Besides the prestigious Palace of Versailles and its wonderful park, you should not miss visiting the King's Kitchen Garden (Potager du Roi) in the Palace grounds, the Grand Stables built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, and the Lambinet museum for its collections of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and period furniture.