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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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  • My husband and i visited chateau de versailles and spent about 6 hours there. Could've stayed longer but we had other plans already set in place at the time. its the most incredible place I've seen wi...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful castle in the world, the gardens are fabulous! The farm of Marie Antoine is also very nice summer! Many thanks to Isabelle for her very warm.
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  • Well, doesn't matter how much you hear about it, or how many photos you've seen, this place is simply amazing, the atmosphere, it's incredibly big, you can't even see the end of it, it's totally worth...  more »
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  • I visited the palace in June and found it very beautiful! The palace is filled with history, luxury and details, but the gardens in the back are a show apart and stand out for the beauty, grandeur and richness of detail. The fountains work part of spring and summer, with a few exceptions, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., together with the gardens and the ambient music, create beautiful scenery! One of the most beautiful I have ever seen! It's a day of visit - half a day to the castle (s) and a half day to the gardens - but it's a great experience!
  • The palace was extremely beautiful. The downside is the extreme amount of waking you will do. You really need an entire day here. We spent a lot of our time outside in the gardens. A must do. I enjoyed being outside more then I did being inside. It gets really cramped inside. Might be difficult with kids given all the walking around. Bathrooms were okay, could have been cleaner. We didn't get the listening guide because we were limited on time. Noticed they had little carts you can get, to drive around in, which I would advise doing. We didn't get our tickets before hand because it was a last minute trip but we had one person wait in line and one purchase tickets. The line up to get inside was really long.
  • A wonderful family day out. NOTE that if you have a baby then bring a sling because pushchairs/strollers are FORBIDDEN in the palace itself, but fine for the gardens. Also note that he fountains are not on every day however the gardens are free (gratis) on some days. If you want a cheaper trip then plan around this as the gardens are worth a visit even without seeing the palace. The parking is a little expensive (18 EUR for 5 hours). The Palace itself is wonderful. Stunning inside and we'll worth the visit.
  • Lovely! So opulent, can totally see why the French had an uprising lol. The Gardens alone are worth the visit. Took us 2 an a half hours to go through them. Tip, go first thing in the morning and tour the Gardens first. You will have them to yourself, and it will be wonderful. Around 11 or so the fountains start playing music as well!
  • One of the most beautiful historical places in France. Make sure to buy your tickets online to avoid the crowd. I never had to wait in line very long personally. I also recommend packing a picnic and rating near the canal in the grass. You can leave your bag at the coat check of the castle.