Versailles is located in the western suburbs of Paris, 17 kilometres from its centre. Versailles is home to 86,000 residents, giving it a considerably more relaxed atmosphere than bustling, fast-paced Paris. The city rests on a plateau 140 metres above sea level, providing a beautiful view of the surrounding lands.
The structural design of the city was planned to give it an elegant, open feel, and was used as inspiration for the architects who designed Washington DC in the United States. Versailles was first mentioned in a medieval document in 1038, giving us an idea of when the city was built. The fact that Versailles was used as a template for a modern city like Washington DC is a credit to the city planning done at such an early point in our history. The open spaces of Versailles make it especially well suited to touring in your own car hire. Auto Europe offers several Versailles rental car pick up locations and a large car hire fleet for you to choose from.
During your time in Versailles, be sure to take a day trip into Paris. You can save lots of money by staying in Versailles and taking small trips into Paris, instead of paying the high prices for a hotel there. To get into Paris, just take the A13 Highway into the city limits. There you can have lunch at a quaint Parisian restaurant, and then spend the afternoon touring The Louvre to see priceless works of art.
Paris is only 25 minutes away from Versailles by car, so you will have plenty of time to see the many sights that Paris has to offer. One of the benefits of getting a discount car hire from Auto Europe is that we have the guaranteed lowest prices in Versailles. These best prices and excellent customer service will help to ensure that you have the best holiday possible.
Another great destination in Versailles is the Chateau de Versailles. One of the largest palaces in the entire world, the Chateau was built under the direction of King Louis XIII in 1623. The palace has a vast garden with fountains, waterfalls, sculptures, statuary, and formal, manicured gardens. Inside, visitors will find a massive museum with historical paintings and other fine artifacts. The building is a marvel in and of itself, with 2,000 windows, 1,200 fireplaces, 67 staircases and a hall of mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, ending World War I.
Having an Auto Europe rental car will give you the freedom to explore this city in your own way. You can book a car hire in Versailles online, or review our Versailles car hire FAQ. For more information about Auto Europe car hire and our discount prices, please use our online form to contact us.