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Palace of Versailles, Versailles
Categories: Gardens, Castles, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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 best advice is to pre-purchase your tickets on line and opt for the private tour, which allows you to skip the queue and wait indoors in a lovely lounge until your tour begins. The cost of the priv... read more »
Este bellisimo Palacio, asi como sus distintos anexos, sus jardines, fuentes, es el simbolo de la Realeza Europea en su maxima expresion, en cada rincon se respira arte. Muy buena la audioguia y muy r... read more »This beautiful Palace, as well as its various annexes, its gardens, fountains, is the symbol of European royalty in its maximum expression, in every corner breathes art. Very good audio and highly recommended to rent a cart, but it is almost impossible to explore it in its full extent, it is huge, a place to spend the day and enjoy it to the full... NOT TO BE MISSED.show original
Suntuoso...Um palácio maravilhoso, cheio de história e lindas salas. Sem falar, é claro, do jardim. Vale alugar carrinho ou ir na jardineira para conhecer todo o jardim.Sumptuous ... A wonderful Palace, full of history and beautiful rooms. Not to mention, of course, the garden. Worth renting or go on a gardener to meet any garden.show original
I went on a day where it was rainy and muddy and my 1 year old was sick and cranky. Still couldn't take away from the amazing beauty and historical value that Versailles offers. The gardens are vast and amazing. The house is amazing as well, but I will say that while what is available is nice, a majority of the house is not seen. For me this is disappointing as I am a history buff and the history of the house is what interests me most.
Absolutely. Beautiful. The palace is unbelievable. It is very very crowded with tourists, so be prepared for a long day of long lines and crowds. Long lines through out the palace, which is displayed much like your typical historic home. A few choice Rooms corded off with velvet ropes, which you are quickly shuffled through in the mass of the crowds. The hall of mirrors is incredible, and has to be seen to believe; as is the hall of battles. Walk slowly, the palace tour is shorter than you expect. Inside the palace there is a proper restaurant, as well as a cafeteria that serves sandwiches soft drinks,beer and wine. . Both are $$$. You can tour the palace grounds with rented golf carts that hold 4 people, they are expensive to rent and you are on a time limit. Allow yourself plenty of time to see all the fountains, as well as Marie Antoinette's cottage, Petite Trianon.
Overwhelmingly beautiful and extremely large. You should definitely consider a guide! If that's not an option for you, consider renting an audio guide to get some background on every room and artwork. The inside of the palace is quite extensive, but walking the entire distance is perfectly doable - there are benches in every room, which is great for people with decreased mobility. If you want to see the gardens, I suggest renting a golf cart. That way you can get a good sense of how huge the gardens truly are.
The highlight of our trip to France. Although the line to buy tickets was very, very long, there are automated ticket machines at the back of the room w/o any lines (told to us by another guest at our hotel). The line to enter is also very long due to the security screening, but proceeded super fast. The palace itself has been reviewed by men better than me.
David J. Gonzalez
Amazing place. The gardens are incredible. Crowds are big. Go early. 10-15 minute walk from the train station. Very fun experience.
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