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. Make Palace of Versailles a part of your Versailles vacation plans using our Versailles trip builder site .
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  • I visited this palace on a cold day. The architecture is good. I have never really liked the ancient golden carving work. I miss finesse in these. The way the palace is hyped, I was rather disappointe...  more »
  • Versailles was home of the Sun King and the palatial model to be followed by European courts of the 18th century. In Versailles all is great, its gardens, its sources and the Palace itself. Of the whole I prefer the small circular temple dedicated to the God of love and the small rural village with queen Maria Antoinette took refuge. The Palace, I stay with the Hall of mirrors. For being the place of the signing of treaties of peace in European wars and on the other because it is amazing imagine dancing in this large room under the light of the candles reflected in all the mirrors and the sound of music
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  • A visit to the Palace of Versailles is a must if you are interested in French History. The gardens are breath taking and the Trianon a hidden gem .  more »
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  • This is an interesting tour and a must see if you have enough time in Paris. You should definitely plan ahead of your visit if this is on your to-do list. For one it's about an hour away from the city so either you get a tour that includes the transportation or expect to take the Metro and an additional line. Will take you almost within five minute walking distance of the palace in my opinion totally worth it it saves a lot of money too. Your planning should also include your ticket ahead of time so you don't have to make the queue to buy the ticket but be warned just because you have the ticket does not mean you won't be making a line I think it all depends on what time you arrive there we arrived closer to midday and the line was horrible I would guess about 2 hours I think if you arrived earlier it might not be that bad. If you're going in the summer I would totally recommend getting the additional garden show ticket because by far what we enjoyed the most was the gardens they are gorgeous.
  • first of all, this is definitely a spot worth going to on your trip to Paris. I'll give you a complete guide. Go early in the morning, no later than ten am. If you have a hotel in Paris, taking a subway and train can take an hour. If you arrive early, the line will only be two to three hours. Use the bathroom and bring snacks when coming here. The Palace only has a few bathrooms, and you have to wait on lines from twenty to thirty minutes. Just to pee! Once inside, stay in the Palace first and take a few hours inside. Do this because once you go out on the garden, you cannot leave and then go back in. At around three pm, go and explore the garden. Most fountains have shows every ten minutes from three thirty to five(Versailles closes at five). There is a finale show at five twenty, but it isn't worth going to if you already saw other fountain shows. Instead, leave at five if you want and beat the crowd to the train station or whatever mode of transportation. This is a whole day trip and I hope you will enjoy it like I did. Enjoy!
  • Groups are supposed to be staggered and I'm sure it is difficult to meet the high demand of tourists but the chance to take pictures, admire, or really enjoy your walk is limited by the hoard of people shoulder to shoulder in every room, know this ahead of time!!! Bring someone tall for photos, snap, and move quickly after, there are tons of people behind you waiting to do the same. I'm sure that people would be willing to pay a higher premium for time slots with a more restricted number of visitors. I'd love the chance to admire without feeling like I am in someone else's way the entire time and I was there for the off season. Otherwise, I recommend a guide. They are talented and educated and you learn so much more than the limited signs and displays offer.
  • I found this experience pretty meh. I would say if you’ve only got a couple of days to spend in Paris, there are other sites and chateaux that are more worth the time and money. If you have more than a couple of days in Paris and you are able to schedule your Versailles visit to coincide with a special event or a guided tour, then it might be worth it, but I found the guided tour offerings to be very limited. The basic day pass to access the castle gets you into very few rooms relative to the size of the castle. (When I went, the Queen’s apartments were completely closed to visitors. I don’t know how typical this is, but it left only about 7-8 rooms accessible.) The English audio guide is not particularly informative, and neither are the placards in the rooms. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful place. So much potential for improvement.
  • A must see when visiting Paris. Fairly easy to get to from any means of public transit and it's less than ten minutes walk from the train station. Line ups can be long but move at a decent pace and once inside there can be some congestion at numerous points. Give yourself at least a half-day here if not a full day. Be ready to walk a lot if exploring the gardens (which you should). The is an option to rent a golf cart.
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