Palace of versailles

Travel like royalty: French trains now look like the Palace of Versailles | Travel

France’s national railway company has embellished the trains that take visitors from Paris to Versailles with decor that recreates the opulent palace of Louis XVI with images of marble columns, ceiling frescoes and palace gardens.

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To motivate passengers for their visit to the Palace of Versailles, the RER C suburban train line has covered five trains with trompe-l’oeil images made with a high-tech plastic film personalized to fit the curves and angles. cars.

From the palace’s dazzling hall of mirrors, to the vast well-kept gardens, to the royal library of Louis XVI and the frescoes on the ceiling, the RER C will become a mobile version of the palace from May 25.

The five Versailles trains stop in 36 stations along the RER C line which crosses five departments: Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Essonne and Yvelines. (Maxime Huriez)

The transformation required 10 full-time employees, including an engineer, a quality control supervisor and eight technical specialists, to apply the 941 film panels inside the trains with painstaking care and precision.

The five Versailles trains stop in 36 stations along the RER C line which crosses five departments: Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Essonne and Yvelines.

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RER C transports approximately 50,000 tourists per day, or 10% of passengers on the entire line.

In 2015, 7.43 million people visited the estates of Versailles and more than 10 million visited the Grand Parc.

The majority of visitors to the Palace and the Trianon – 80% – were foreigners, while the majority of visitors to the gardens – also 80% – were locals from the Paris region.

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