The world famous Palace of Versailles is not only an incredible architectural wonder, but also a staunch reminder of the lavish opulence and absolutism of the French monarchy. Originally constructed as a hunting lodge under Louis XIII, the chateau underwent its most major renovations under the Sun King himself between 1664 and 1697. Today, though no longer housing the Royal Court, it's both a world renowned museum and the site of limited but important French political functions.
A full access (Passport) visit here allows travelers to marvel at iconic rooms like the Hall of Mirrors, the Grand Apartments, and the Palace Gardens (which some say are as impressive as the structure itself), as well as take a tour through the estate of famed queen Marie Antoinette. It's the kind of magnificence that makes you want to powder your face, don a wig and some tights and throw a little soirée of your own as you take in the finer side of French history.
Location:Approximately 20 km (12 miles) southwest of Paris, Versailles, France
Note:For better or worse, expect to shell out around 20 euro minimum these days for your visit.