The Musical Fountains Show

From 1 April to 29 October 2017

During the Musical Fountains Show you can discover and enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the Château de Versailles gardens, of its fountains playing to the tune of period music. For 350 years the success of the Fountains has never waned. It is your turn to discover or rediscover them, with friends or family.


The gardens were at the heart of King Louis XIV's attention and are world famous today. Already at the time of the King's reign, the Versailles groves were open air saloons secluded at the heart of the wooded parts of the garden. The court went there for a light meal, to listen to music or to dance. The King could satisfy his taste for gambling and theatre in these sites dedicated to entertainment and leisure. Decorated with fountains, vases and statues, these groves with their secret access bring fantasy and surprise within the Royal Garden. These green bowers are now exceptionally accessible for you to discover.

The talent of the 17th century fountain engineers and of their successors has always made the Musical Fountains Show an unforgettable and fairytale experience. The fountains play with multiple special effects and marble and metal gods, humans and animals seem to come to life for a few moments, for our greatest pleasure. When the fountains are playing, a ballet comes alive to enchant each and all.

Your royal stroll will unfold to the tunes of the greatest baroque composers from Lully to Charpentier or Rameau.




On summer Saturdays, we offer the possibility of coupling your visit of the Musical Fountains Show with a visit of the Château de Versailles Grand Apartments, with baroque musicians and dancers.

The Royal Serenade in the Hall of Mirrors



The Bassin des Enfants Dorés – the Golden Children Fountain – has regained its past splendour. Discover this fountain with its waters and jets playing again during the new season of the Musical Fountains Show.

This year a new soundtrack will accompany the Musical Fountains Show. Extracts from works selected in the Versailles-Alpha collection, conducted by the greatest baroque music specialists will accompany your visit. The 2017 Musical Fountains Show Record is available from



Paying access from 9am to 7pm

The Gardens close and are evacuated at 5.30pm 17 and 24 June, 1, 8, 14, 15, 22 and 29 July, 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 2, 9 and 16 September and 29 October 2017


Groves open from 9am to 7pm

Musical displays from 10am to 7pm


WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: water displays from 11am to noon and from 3:30pm to 5pm

TUESDAYS (from 23th May to 27th June): water displays from 11am to noon and from 2:30pm to 4pm


> Mirror Fountain : water display every 10 minutes from 10am to 7pm

> Water Theater Grove : water display every 15 minutes from 10am to 7pm

> The Neptune Fountain : Water display at 5:20 (no water display on tuesdays)

Family, Outdoors