Palace of Versailles, France
The Palace of Versailles, or Château de Versailles is about twenty kilometers southwest of Paris and can be reached by the RER C train. Until the French Revolution, Versailles served as epicenter for politics and power. 120205208The Chateau built over decades in mid-17th century was home and office for Louis XIV who wanted to distance himself from common Paris. The chateau has 700 rooms, and today serves as a museum for thousands of paintings and sculptures in its collection and the architecture and gardens of the chateau itself is a must see. It does take a while, so give yourself half a day or more. The walk through the chateau will take 2 hours and the gardens even longer.