On the way to or from the Château : Notre-Dame historical trail

From the Grande Écurie du Roi to the iconic Place Hoche, the Notre-Dame district is entirely the creation of Louis XIV. Discover fine monuments, experience the charm of Versailles way of life, and be guided through History and the royal city.

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What you will do

The immense Place d’Armes was designed as a proscenium for the Palace – the Palace being its scenery. Formerly lined with private mansions with their regular façades, it served as a military parade-ground and also saw the launch of the first manned hot-air balloon on 19 September 1783.

This is where begins this itinerary around the Notre-Dame district. Whether you walk the entire waymarked trail to see its fine monuments, its theatre, museum and historical details or visit Notre-Dame Market and streets that are simply a pleasure just to stroll along, on this tour you will experience the charm of Versailles way of life, on the way to or from your tour of the Palace and its estate, both of them listed Unesco World Heritage sites.

Discover Versailles and its history by following the stone markers, spread almost everywhere along the city's streets. The 16 markers scattered throughout the Notre Dame district will guide you through the city's oldest district, with buildings dating from 1671.

The city of Versailles boasts one of the finest architectural heritages in France. As well as being a City of History, Versailles is also a city that revels in French art de vivre. The saying goes that once you’ve tasted the city’s charms, you will never leave. We hope we can persuade you that that is indeed so.

Some monuments are closed to the public. Please enquire at the Tourist Office.

Step by step
  • To get to the starting point, from Paris, by car, by autoroute A13, 1st Versailles Château exit, then take Château de Versailles. By RER C stop at Versailles Rive Gauche (5 minutes by foot). By SNCF Train, from Paris Saint Lazare go to Versailles Rive Droite (10/15 minutes by foot) and from Paris Montparnasse to Versailles Chantiers (10/15 minutes by foot). 1
  • Hoche street will lead your right to the square of the same name. 2
  • Take Carnot street towards the Palace, get past the Pavillon des Fontainiers, and find the Queen Stables. 3
  • Go ahead in the same direction up to des Réservoirs street. 4
  • The Theater is almost next to the Hôtel des Réservoirs, at number 13. 5
  • Turn right then into de la Paroisse street, towards your next stop. 6
  • Leave the church to your right and take Sainte-Geneviève street up to de la Reine boulevard. 7
  • Go and see, a little further on de la Reine Boulevard, an H-shaped building, begun during the reign of Louis XVI and only completed in 1859, the Royal Hospital. Then take du Maréchal-Foch street southbound, and turn right into Baillet-Réviron street then find de la Geôle passageway on your left. 8
  • You should now get to the square of the Notre-Dame market. 9
  • Get to de Saint-Cloud avenue then Georges-Clémenceau street, starting on your left and running parallel to de l'Europe avenue. You'll reach the Place Charost then the Law Courts building before your second-to-last stop. 10
  • Just opposite is the final stop. From there, you'll see the Place d'Armes and the Palace, to the West. 11
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