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The glamorous, sprawling Château de Versailles is matchless in many ways. Transformed from hunting lodge to palace by Louis XIV in 1682 (with the help of some 36,000 labourers), this is quite simply one of the most impressive royal residences in Europe, unbeatable in both physical epicness and the sheer grandeur of its décor. Feeling up to the challenge? Here’s how to get the most out of your day trip, whether you want to tick off the estate’s headline attractions or discover little-visited corners in the grounds and beyond.
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