Palace of Versailles, Versailles

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Considered the most illustrious and opulent castle in all of France, Palace of Versailles exemplifies the most beautiful achievements of French art in the 18th century. This former seat of royal power now chronicles the country's past as a museum of the history of France. On your exploration of the numerous buildings, be sure to see the the lavish Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s bedchamber, the ecclesiastical chapels, and the King's Grand Apartments. If you love books, don’t miss the library, with its delicately carved wooden and stone panels. In the Clock Room, admire the famous astronomical clock encased in bronze. Arrive as early as possible to avoid long entrance lines. Even with advanced tickets, you'll have to wait your turn at the security checkpoint. Alternatively, book a local guide service to bring you to the château and skip the long lines altogether. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Palace of Versailles by using our Versailles family vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This place is easy to go, just take RER (you can use Navigo pass for zone 1-5). i read comment online to recommend me to reserve the ticket online before going, but I realize you can actually go buy t...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Palace: long lines, extremely rude staff. Once you get in, you see a lot of wealth arranged in a tasteless manner. The place inside was so packed that it was hard to breathe, let alone see anything. I...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    I was a pleasure to visit this lovely building but what was my disappointment when at the entrance, I learn that the Queen Gallery is in the works and and another part of the castle is not open to the public... Because of the official visit of Putin a few days after. I think that the organization is able to put online the official visit (which was published) on the other hand, no mention on the official website of the closing of the Gallery of the Queen. At the price of the ticket booked on the net, I think it's a monumental mockery. Basically disappointed!
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  • September 6, 2017
    The palace is Absolutely most impressive place in France. 18 euro including audio guide which is very good. The palace wow. It's amazing. But need to wait 1-2 hours. The security check is quite slow. Food and drink are expensive. The garden is quite big and nice. But seems like it's not free anymore.
  • September 6, 2017
    The place overflows with grandeur, but... honestly, having done a good amount of castles in a week, the audio guide for this one was pretty bad. It focuses too much on the art and architecture (which I love!) and leaves aside almost completely the history factor. What happened in this castle? How was everyday life? What great events took place here? I was lucky to have a French friend with me who knew a little of the place and its history, because otherwise it would've been a very pointless visit. On the bright side, art is everywhere on this castle. Wherever you look there's a statue, painting, carving or just something that deserves appreciation. There's also plenty of seating spots so you can take your time and really see everything. If you go, keep in mind that the castle visit itself lasts around 1.30h (2 if you do it thoroughly). I recommend getting the access for the Trianon too, bringing some sandwiches to eat in the parks and making a whole day out of it :)
  • August 9, 2017
    You had to tear me away, there is so much to see here. The palace is beyond description, the tour guides are great, friendly and helpful. If you take the train up to Versailles from Paris, a good tip is to grab one of the bike carriages up to the palace cause you will spend the rest of your day walking, so treat yourself and it helps pass part of the crowd. Typically there is a line, but well worth any wait.
  • July 21, 2017
    Must see when visiting Paris. Would try to get there early to minimize the queue time. The Palace is easy to do self guided or with audio guide. Take a couple of hours to walk through the rooms and a couple more to go through the magical gardens. From the front gates that greet you to every room inside, attention to detail and ornate beauty is all around. The hall of mirrors is a fun stop as the museum forces you along a path that walks right through it. The garden ticket is worth it. Immaculately maintained, you can have a nice lunch and relax among the beauty.
  • September 6, 2017
    Great place to spend the day seeing the history of King Louis the 14 through 16. Take the behind the scenes apartment tour. Well worth the time and bypasses the crowd to provide and up close and personal look at the lives of those who lived there. The gardens are the best I've ever seen

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Where to stay in Versailles

Though you can visit the palace of Versailles on a day trip from Paris, travelers interested in exporing outside the château should consider staying in the town of Versailles, Rambouillet, or Fontainebleau. All three of these boast historical centers and a number of accommodations for visitors, from swanky hotels to short-term apartment rentals. You may want to avoid the other nearby towns, like Senlis, which don't offer any lodging in their old town centers. To put yourself within walking distance of the grand palace, pick a spot along the main avenue in the town of Versailles. When staying here, you can experience first-hand what city planners took into consideration when building this new capital.
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