After a few exciting days in central Paris, it is time to discover treasures near by! France has so many historic and beautiful sights to offer that choosing is the most difficult part. Also, due to its central location in Europe many cities are close and easy to visit for a day trip. Our selection of the top 10 day trips from Paris by train include some of the most beautiful places in France.
Only 20 kilometers south of Paris you can find one of the most decadent and pompous palaces the world has to offer. Not just the palace but the whole estate is remarkable and so “over the top” that it definitely deserves a spot on the list of the top 10 day trips from Paris by train. Once you arrive there, don’t be intimidated by the size of the state but take a walk in the beautiful gardens and discover the smaller palaces Ménagerie royale, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and the Pavillon de la Lanterne.
For more Information about Versailles click here.
From March until the end of October a very special garden opens its doors for visitors. About 60 kilometers outside of the French capital lies a garden many of us have already admired in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Monet’s masterpieces feature his gardens in Giverny but only by seeing the place with your own eyes you can understand the beauty of the various types of flowers and the pond with its water lilies.
Learn more about Giverny and Monet’s gardens here.
The magic world of Disney is right outside Paris and perfectly suited for a day trip from Paris by train. Especially for Kids it is a magical adventure to meet Mickey and all the other Disney characters. You can visit the two parks in one or two days or only visit the main park. Enjoy the whole world of Disney and have live your very own fairy tale.
Here you can find out more about Disneyland Paris.
The most luxurious drink in the world come from exactly one charming region in France: La champagne. Here is where the wine yards grow their precious grapes and experienced wine and champagne producers create the champagne with which we celebrate our most happy and successful moments in life. Discover this place as one of your day trips from Paris by train and enjoy the delicate champagne tasting.
Discover more about the local champagne producers here.
5. Loire Valley
Discover a treasure from the UNESCO list of world heritage sights by train from Paris. The Loire Valley is famous due to its architecture of the more than 300 castles and chateaux in its area. Besides the beautiful sights the region offers wine from the famous areas of Muscat, Sancerre, and Pouilly-fumé as well as extensive fields of artichoke and asparagus which line the river banks.
Discover 4 original Loire Valley Châteaux here:
This formerly very important European city is today the capital of the French region Normandy. Its most famous sight is the Notre-Dame Cathedral which has been subject to a serial of Paintings of the famous painter Monet which are exposed today in the Orsay Museum in Paris.
A city guide of Rouen you can find here.
London calling? Just hop on the Eurostar which connects the two European capitals. In about two hours you can reach each center, in Paris at Gare du Nord and in London at Kings cross is where this amazing train connection will let you off. Discover everything London has to offer and stay just for one day trip or even longer.
How to get to London? Find out here.
Strasbourg lying in the middle of Europe in the region of Alsace has a great past being part of both France and Germany throughout history. Today you can still admire the Wilhelmian architecture but due to the damages from the World War II you can find many different styles of architecture from the past 5 centuries. One of the sights you should not miss is the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral.
Spend a few hours by the beach in Normandy! Deauville is one of the most famous beach villages in France. For the past century Deauville hosted more than a few celebrities. Coco Chanel opened a store in Deauville in the summer of 1913 while she was residing there. Famous for the horse races, Deauville attracts many visitors and fans over the summer time.
Chantilly in the north of Paris is a beautiful place for a day trip by train. For horse race fans it is a must to discover the old stables and the horse race sights. Besides horses, chantilly offers to visit the charming Chateau de Chantilly.
More about Day trips to Chantilly here.