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Palace of Versailles, Versailles

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World heritage site · Architectural Building · Castle
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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. Make Palace of Versailles a part of your Versailles vacation plans using our Versailles trip builder site.
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  • We went to the palace of Versailles Serenade last night and it was a disaster. First, we needed to wait until the start time of the "Serenade" which is fine but it wasn't clear on the tickets, so we....  more
    We went to the palace of Versailles Serenade last night and it was a disaster. First, we needed to wait until the start time of the "Serenade" which is fine but it wasn't clear on the tickets, so we....  more »
  • The lines are ridiculously long. I went in the afternoon. The ticket purchase line was super long about an hour in line after which you get into another really long line to enter the palace. I... 
    The lines are ridiculously long. I went in the afternoon. The ticket purchase line was super long about an hour in line after which you get into another really long line to enter the palace. I...  more »
  • Crowded but roomy once inside. He lines can be long due to security. We arrived, found parking easy. However, my wife being in a wheelchair, made it near impossible to get to the Palace. The enormous....  more
    Crowded but roomy once inside. He lines can be long due to security. We arrived, found parking easy. However, my wife being in a wheelchair, made it near impossible to get to the Palace. The enormous....  more »
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  • Amazing! This is a great experience. If you get the chance do visit. There is a free audio tour which you can download as an app. The rooms and the content are fabulous. Yes, it’s very popular. There are timed tickets for the Palace itself which are very good value. The grounds do require a lot of walking but you can hire a buggy. The fountains are beautiful and if you can do walk down to the boating lake. A good number of cafes and restaurants at the bottom of the gardens. We returned in the evening to see the water fountains display and fireworks. Over 3 hours of entertainment. My advice is to download the free map so you can see all the displays. You can bring a picnic for the evening.
  • A beautiful place. Pictures are very good when sky is blue. You can visit it any time, but during spring time you can see flowers planted near the trees. In summer you can admire singing fountains and you can spend all day in the gardens. You are allowed to bring food and have a snack. You also have a restaurant at the entrance and toilets. Toilets are available only presenting your vaccination.
  • Great palace with a bunch of art work. We visited the gardens as well with musical fountains. Hot day. Would have enjoyed it even more perhaps if not that hot. Be prepared for long walks in the sun in the gardens. You will love if you are a french history buff.
  • I would only rank 3 star for the palace...would not go back again. If you like old portraits, you might enjoy it. I don't... I would not like to pay for the entrance. Garden on the other hand was pretty alright. If we had more time, we would rent a rode boat and enjoy the canal. However, we were surprised that the garden didn't have flowers... One good thing from the tour was we got out the tour and walk around the town. We love town atmosphere and so many small shops to soak into he culture. Make time for the town and enjoy the cafe and the shops...if you could get there by yourself, do it so you can have more time to enjoy the town. Lastly, if you visit the palace, buy the skip the line ticket. It is worthy to pay little extra. We show a long line for those who did not have the special tickets. You could easily waste an hour in line.
  • Book your timed tickets in advance! The palace is officially open an busy again - even midweek. Masks are required inside. The Versailles app helps so that you do not need to get a headset. With comfortable temperatures, we decided to do an express tour so we could spend more time in the breathtaking gardens. Note that this is a historic building with no central air. The many large doors allow for airflow. However, it may be moderately uncomfortable on a hot day with crowds. Bring a sun shield or sunscreen on a sunny day. Collections are ornate and makes you wonder about both the brilliance and arrogance of the eras of old. There is a snack bar inside and restrooms.Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to stand for a very long time. Once you start, it can be a challenge to find a comfortable place to take a break.

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