Château de Versailles

A trip from Paris to the famous Château de Versailles and the adjoining gardens is a great way to spend a day

The magnificent Château de Versailles
The magnificent Château de Versailles cc licensed photo by jaime1

The Château de Versailles is a rather famous tourist attraction. It symbolised the monarchy of Louis XIV between 1682 and 1789. It was the centre of power during those years thanks to Louis XIV arranging to have the government and all seats of power housed there. Forcing the regional powers to spend a portion of their time at the palace prevented regional forces from gathering too much power.

It has, as many French landmarks have, been redesigned by the resident monarch a number of times. The first design was by Philibert Le Roy which were followed by four major renovations and extensions to the palace. One of the more significant improvements and extensions was the addition of the King's and Queen's apartments.

The Château de Versailles is now open to the public most days of the week. Modern restrooms have been installed and there are free audio guides available in ten major languages. For those who would like to purchase some knick knacks for family and friends there are a variety of souvenir shops and curio stores. They even have a resident photographer who will gladly take your picture, for a fee.

For those that prefer to ride than to walk around a tourist attraction as large as this, there is an electric vehicle hire available which you can take around the gardens and through the Trianon, the Queen's Hamlet, the Grand Canal and the entire estate. There's a mini train that will take you to the estate of Marie Antoinette the Grand Trianon and little Venice.

It is worth noting that it is best to visit the Château de Versailles on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This is because Tuesdays are busiest as most other French museums are closed.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, however Entry to the Palace itself is free with the Paris Pass. Admission is also free on the first Sunday of each month from November to March. Otherwise admission charges apply. See the official website for details.

Address: Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

Phone: 01 30 83 78 00

Official Website: Château de Versailles

Directions

RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
RER-CVersailles - Rive Gauche10 minutes

How to get to Château de Versailles by RER

By RER: Take the RER-C Train to Versailles - Rive Gauche. Exit the station and go right (north) up Av de General du Gaulle the left on Avenue de Paris to the entrance of Château-de-Versailles.

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5

5 Star Rating This is the place that makes me want to come back to Paris so bad! I loved everything, hope to be visiting it soon and during spring to see all the beautiful gardens

Keylin Hidalgo Barrios - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating I read a historical fiction book which included the Hall of Mirrors. I couldn't wait to go and experience the magnificence myself. It truly was amazing! They gave our kids maps which were designed for young attendees. They enjoyed learning fun facts while following along on the map. Often times I referred to their map versus the "adult" map. My favorite part was La Durée which is at the end of the museum visit. A perfect way to end a trip to the palace and Paris!

Lisa Nickle - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful palace. Wonderful artwork, sculpture, history and architecture. The inside demonstrates the sheer ability and power of the French crown at the height of the Ancien Régime. The Hall of Mirrors was a little underwhelming, being as it was where WWI ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles -- or maybe I need played it up in my head. Anyway, some tips: 1. Beware of the QUEUE (or line for fellow Americans). I arrived at 11AM and waited in line for about 1.5 hours before getting in. Buy tickets before and get there early to avoid the wait. 2. Beware of pickpockets. It is crowded in the palace, the perfect hunting ground for pickpockets. If you go early you will avoid that rush. 3. At around noon they stop selling audio tours. If you are stuck without an audio tour or a sufficient knowledge of French history, try one of two strategies: Google info using the Arts and Culture app OR find a tour group that speaks your language and just hang out near them for a free tour. Have fun!

T. Gim - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating Very beautiful place! Nice and smooth access to the (audio-)guided tour. Nice walk from the train station, where staff gave you directions to reach the castle. Absolutely recommended if you have the time!

Andrea Mattera - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 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!

Fábio Cizotto Gibikoski - 2 months ago

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