10 Things to Do in Saint-Germain-en-Laye That You Shouldn't Miss

January 30, 2018 Major Galusha

Saint-Germain-en-Laye in France, from Europe region, is best know for Castles. Discover best things to do in Saint-Germain-en-Laye with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Saint-Germain-en-Laye

1. Chateau de St-Germain

Pl. Charles-de-Gaulle, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France +33 1 34 51 53 65
Excellent
42%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 341 reviews

Chateau de St-Germain

Reviewed By sydneysider48 - Sydney, Australia

Now an archaeological museum, this is a magnificent building, currently nearing the end of a ten year restoration program.
The building dominates the landscape opposite and as you emerge from the RER station and is surrounded by the town and marvellous Gardens designed by Le Notre - regrettably only remnants remain.
The building seems unusual for the period of its construction in that it is a delightful mixture of warmly coloured stone and contrasting red brick, rather than the usual plain stone. The newly restored external section is simply spectacular, particularly the delicate stone carving.
Internally, although now cleverly and sympathetically used as a museum, the grandeur of the building and its decoration is still very evident, particularly in the chapel, courtyard and the magnificent great hall with its amazing fireplace. Even if you are not interested in the exhibits, its is well worth a visit to admire the interiors of the building.

2. Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House

Av. du President-Kennedy, 78560 Le Port-Marly, France +33 1 39 16 49 49
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House

Reviewed By Mike R - Stratford, Canada

Dumas is simply my favourite author and I highly recommend visiting his residence to any fan. Unfortunately it was the winter months and the Gardens werent in bloom, but to see where some of your favourite books were penned is a once in a lifetime experience

3. Bla Spa

1 avenue Jean Jaures, 78230 Le Pecq, France +33 9 83 52 85 29
Excellent
78%
Good
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5 based on 40 reviews

Bla Spa

Immerse yourself in BLA SPA, a spa that inspired by nordic water practices. Relax, detoxify and replenish in our therapeutic water circuit or sample one of our body scrub, body glow or massage treatments with an unique view on the Seine river.

4. Parc des Ibis

Ile des Ibis, 78110 Le Vesinet, France
Excellent
51%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

Parc des Ibis

Reviewed By JAJ286 - Gourock, United Kingdom

Many different aspects to enjoy, the park, the lake, the wildlife, the island, easy access from Paris. Great for families and couples to pass their day.

5. Le Chateau de Marly

Parc du Chateau de Marly | D7-d386, 78160 Marly-le-Roi, France +33 1 30 83 78 00
Excellent
29%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 72 reviews

Le Chateau de Marly

Reviewed By stism - Grenoble, France

This park is convenient for a short hike close to Paris. Once a fabulous "small" palace for the king , with a high artificial water stream . Everything has been put to ground. No ruins have been left. Even the famous horse statues facing Paris are fake, the original ones are exhibited in Le Louvre museum. Take note that the park entrance is free, contrary to Versailles palace Gardens

6. Villa Savoye

Villa Savoie 82 rue de Villiers, 78300 Poissy, France +33 1 39 65 01 06
Excellent
53%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 272 reviews

Villa Savoye

The Villa Savoye is an internationally-renowned masterpiece built by architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret – better known as Le Corbusier – and Pierre Jeanneret, between 1928 and 1931. The villa, designed for the Savoye family (hence its name), is acknowledged as one of the founding examples of the modern architecture movement. Open:> 1st March to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.> 2nd May to 31st August: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st September to 31st October: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.> 2nd November to 29th February: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Mondays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and from 25th December to 1st January. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Reviewed By CVGJetGuy - Cincinnati, Ohio

While a bit out of the way, if you have some time to kill, Villa Savoye is a pleasant stop. It highlights several of LeCorbusier's modernist principles and offers today's visitor an interesting juxtaposition of 1930s and avant-garde architecture. It's a home that may not suit today's lifestyle, but it's fascinating to look forward from the past and consider which aspects have taken root in today's world.

7. Chateau de Malmaison

Avenue du chateau, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison, France +33 1 41 29 05 57
Excellent
51%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 508 reviews

Chateau de Malmaison

Reviewed By SunnyAndBeautiful - Croatia

After the opulence of Versailles and other royal palaces, it's good to cleanse the palate by visiting a smaller, more intimate residence.

Napoleon's and Josephine's residence in Rueil-Malmaison is a quaint affair. The chateau is quite humble in comparison with other royal abodes, but it's still well appointed and has the charm of a bygone age. The price of 6.50 euros for the ticket is fair, and I believe that one can freely access the Gardens around the chateau. The Gardens are amazing and are quite a refuge from the big city smog.
I'm very fond of visiting smaller towns around Paris, so Rueil-Malmaison (and its chateau) was just the thing for me. If you are interested in going somewhere nice but close to Paris, give Rueil-Malmaison a go.

8. Palace of Versailles

Place d'Armes, 78000, Versailles, France +33 1 30 83 78 00
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Palace of Versailles

Palace, trianon palaces and the estate of marie-antoinette : open daily except mondays and certain public holidays. Gardens and park : open daily.Commented tours, independant visits, musical fontains shows, shows, bowboats, little train, bicycles, bookshop, shops, restaurants...

Reviewed By Sienna01 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

My family is french and they were embarrassed. The line was long, disorganized, security was a joke & people are herded like cattle (to the point that it did not feel safe) through the few open rooms. If something happened inside the palace and people needed to get out... god speed.
The Gardens were amazing, of course the palace is incredible historically and remains a spectacular sight. Maybe if you arrive at 8:30 and are the first ones in it’s tolerable but after our experience today we all feel like we wasted our time. We paid for tickets to the petit Trianon and didn’t make it due to the long lines to go in. We ended up eating lunch at the petit Venise which was the best part of the day (€250 for 5).
The photos below were taken in the only two rooms we could get close enough to see what was on display. I wish I had taken photos of the crowds squeezing through the tiny doorways but I had zero arm mobility.
I was here years ago and it was an entirely different experience. I have no desire to go back to Versailles after what we went through today. They need to change something, limit daily visitors, have a staff member in each room, space people out... have some semblance of control. It seems like the current staff is stressed out and not managed properly.
Finally, the lack of toilets is disgusting. trying to find toilet paper to clean poop off a toilet without a seat so my six year old could pee, proved impossible. No one cared enough to give us toilet paper. That speaks volumes and seems like a good place to end this review.

9. Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte

2 avenue Carnot, 78600 Maisons-Laffitte, France +33 1 39 62 01 49
Excellent
44%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 189 reviews

Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte

The Chateau de Maisons was built in the 17th century on a hill overlooking a bend in the Seine. It is the work of the king's architect François Mansart who was then at the very pinnacle of his glorious career. The majesty, symmetry and harmonious forms of this splendid chateau make it an architectural masterpieces of its age. The Chateau de Maisons stands on the edge of Saint-Germain forest and was used as the king's residence after he had been hunting. Open:> 15th May to 14th September: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 15th September to 14th May: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Tuesdays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Reviewed By Mamun R - Maisons-Laffitte, France

just the entrance to Maisons Laffitte this chateau near by Hippo dome and near river Sean.an excellent combination of site seeing .Big avenue general Leclaire just front of chateau.nice park to visit and picnic and cycling. excellent place for whole day spending.

10. Les Batisseurs en herbe

80 route de Mantes | Croisement rue de la duchesse / boulevard de la renaissance, 78240 Chambourcy, France +33 1 39 75 38 36
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 21 reviews

Les Batisseurs en herbe

Reviewed By Nina111286

Quel beau concept et tellement bien pensé ! Je suis venue avec mon fils de trois ans, c’est un lieu convivial, la restauration est bonne et adaptée, les toilettes sont propres et adaptés également pour les petits. Il y a des jeux de constructions pour tous les âges, pour les tous petits comme les grands. Les parents redeviennent des enfants en s’amusant et ça procure beaucoup de bien ! L’accueil est chaleureux et le lieu agréable, propre et bien chauffé. Nous y retournerons très bientôt c’est sûr ! Merci pour ce moment :-)

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