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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  • The name itself, Versailles, evokes grandeur, beauty, Majesty, charm. The grounds are immense. We have got to see this place with snow ... a magic and a suggestion only. A lovely day.
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  • A majestic place to visit and see in all its glory. Wear comfortable shoes, because it is very vast and one is going to do a lot of walking to see the grand rooms and the grounds outside. There is so ...  more »
  • The castle is beautiful, unfortunately we couldn't visit everything, having had our ticket with an offer with the Versailles hotel, I advise you to take a cutting line ticket, the flow seems poorly managed, 1 h to 2 h wait a day of strong wind, we would not have had our tickets with the hotel we would have made a half turn. Closed ticket office at 4:50 pm for a 5:30 closing it is very little for the last arrived. We arrived late morning and have just visited the Castle, with the world inside can't move properly. Many works removed from the walls. The rain is invited when visiting the gardens, so turn around. We will come back to visit the rest someday, but probably during the week.
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  • Go early. Try to reach before 10. Book tickets online. Nice place. Beautiful palace. Surroundings are beautiful Take head phones if you are planning for audio guide. You are not allowed to carry food inside the palace. You will have to leave your food bag at the baggage counter. They don't charge you for this. Toilets available in every corner inside the palace. And it's free. Best way to reach is the metro . Easy and comfortable. Walking from the station to palace is just 10 min. There are a lot of restaurants and takeaways along the street to palace.
  • Easy to access from the centre of Paris via train. Versailles is in a league of its own when it comes to palaces (I’ve been in many!). The detail and exceptional quality will leave your breathless. The gardens are also picturesque. Once you step inside the palace, you almost feel as if you’re stepping back in time when House of Bourbon ruled.
  • Five stars are not enough for this place. Tips: Buy the annual pass. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Renting the golf carts to drive around is a good way to see this historic place. Beautiful gardens and beautiful location. Go early and be prepared for waiting in lines. Worth visiting. Highly recommended!!
  • Awe inspiring...on busy days it's good to get "skip the line" passes. During the winter be prepared for sudden showers so pack an umbrella. Once inside, just walk around and soak it all in. If you love history and architecture then it's for you. You can use Google to provide info about the exhibitions and skip the audio tour.
  • This place is a must-visit on your holiday trip to Paris. You will be able to appreciate the beauty of the castle, and spend more time in the chambers, during the off-season when there isn't a lot of crowd. It's hard to explore the entire area by foot in one day. One can hire a private vehicle (like a golf car) to enjoy the huge expanse of the castle.

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Where to stay in Versailles

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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