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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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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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  • My first suggestion would be to buy your tickets prior to leaving for your trip. Also spend a bit extra and buy the Skip the Line tickets or a tour that Skips the Line. I purchased a tour with Skip th...  more »
  • When you buy your ticket remember to get one for both the palace and gardens. This historic building is easily accessible by public transport from Paris City centre, it is then about a 1KM walk of 10 ...  more »
  • We recently spent 3 days in Paris and had a day trip to remeber at Versilles.. What a treat !!! Certainly the most fabulous "Stately Home" we have visited and could easily have spent another day there...  more »
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  • No other descriptive does this justice other than opulent. This is truly a palace and not a castle. 721,000 square feet in over 700 rooms. Gold and paintings everywhere. Colored marble, carpets, drapes, and tapestries. 700+ acres of gardens with a maze. Fabulously maintained. One small room was recently renovated and to decorate only that room took 176 pounds of gold leaf. Every room had some plus more on the exterior so one can imagine cost to build the entire thing. Started by Louis XIII in 1623 as a hunting lodge, expanded by XIV from 1661--1678 and continuously expanded or rebuilt until 1710. It fell into disrepair after the French Revolution with some restoration done by Napoleon but has since been restored to it's heyday glory at probably more cost equivalent than it took to originally build. Well worth the visit to see the history.
  • The staff was fantastic in helping us get a wheel chair for my special needs daughter. We asked about the chair at the ticket window, they phoned ahead to the palace and someone was waiting there to get us situated. Excellent experience. Be sure and rent a golf cart or take the tram to tour the gardens because they are huge! A little disappointed only two fountains were operational. Naturally, the art is superb. Try the hot chocolate at Angelina's, it is very good. Arrive early or late to avoid the biggest crowds.
  • Absolutely visit the garden, it's massive. You study that at school since elementary school but never expect it to be this good. It's huge. Regarding the palace, I understand that it's super touristy as a place but the queue was super long. It was not enjoyable to wait that long for that. After you finish the queue (we took 2 hours at least just waiting in front of the second gate), most of the rooms are super filled with other people, it's not that easy to enjoy. But what can you do about it? it's Versailles. Services in the site are very good. You have free toilets in multiple places and even for the woman restrooms the waiting lines were not too long. You can either rent a golf-car (34€ they told us), a bike, or take the train to be able to visit more of the garden, which in one day seems likely impossible to visit all. Inside the castle a lot of super luxurious rooms to have an idea of how they used to live (at the expenses of the suffering population), very interesting. To be honest for me, the garden were more interesting and enjoyable. At some points it doesn't even feel to be in Versailles, just in a very calm and super nice countryside. If you're a European resident of maximum 24 years you're not going to pay anything and you can visit everything. The standard ticket to visit the Castle and the Trianon (the gardens are free anyway, just have to do the security line at the first gate) is 20€ (the ticket is called Passport).
  • Amazing experience! The palace of Versailles is such a marvel. The history and beauty of this place made the trip well worth it. But don't come here just for the palace. The gardens were so beautiful. They have fountains and music always going. And if you feel like taking a walk you can always visit Marie Antoinette' s estate.
  • The apartments were over crowded and not worth seeing. The garden behind the palace, however, is absolutely stunning and so much fun to walk through. Skip the rich people living quarters and go walk through the garden! A little ruined by the incredibly long line through security. It moved quickly enough but was a long wait.