When it comes to grandeur, few, if any, palaces are on par with the magnificent Château de Versailles, the stomping ground of France’s elite from the 1682 until the royal court’s fall in 1789. Just 22 kilometres from Paris in the leafy bourgeois village of Versailles, this royal palace brings thousands of tourists to its doorstep each week, its extravagant residence and gardens a breathtaking site. A flawless combination of art, architecture, interior design and landscaping, Château de Versailles is luxe living epitomised. With seven hundred rooms housing 67 staircases, 352 chimneys, 6300 paintings, 2100 sculptures and 5000 decorative art furnishings, the sheer scale of Château de Versailles is awe-inspiring. No amount of research or study will prepare for the sensory overload that accompanies a trip to these extraordinary royal headquarters.