The real power of Versailles is in its Gardens.
It was the Gardens that made Versailles the envy of kings
throughout Europe. They were fabulous, and fabulously
Their waterworks alone consumed a third of the already
extravagant expenditures of Versailles.
The Gardens were built by soldiers, who during peacetime
transformed the bug-infested swamp into the perfect French
The Swiss Guards (who would later fight to the death to
protect Marie-Antoinette) joined in, expanding the village
pond into a lake, forever after called the Lac du Swiss in
This tour brings the Gardens to life, explaining the
stories of everything from the fountains to the statues,
and their relevance to Versailles.