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 Bring walking shoes! This palace has a lot of rooms to see and there's a garden to gaze at as well. The souvenir store has items such as Versailles notebooks, history books, mugs, themed candy, post cards, clothing, calenders, etc. Go early as possible to have the place to yourself. People will block the front of the rooms where roped. They also have a tour for groups. But I think you need at least 10 people.

Bria Webb - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating I really enjoyed my visit to the palace. It gives you a perspective of the power and wealth that kings use to have, and how they use that wealth to show their power. During the tour you visit several galleries and rooms, all decorated and furnished with a specific theme, the gardens are not included in the regular price, although I think is a must see. An adverse point will be the two and a half waiting queue, that you CAN'T AVOID, no matter where you get the ticket or what it says (mine said skip the line), so go early.

Lucas Kovács - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating We went to the Palace of Versailles on Bastille Day 2015 and it was of course busy, but still fun, well managed, and interesting! The food, music, atmosphere, and grounds are simply magical! Paddling on the lake and strolling the gardens feels like wandering around a movie set between takes. It's hard to take it all in. Definitely, be sure to make the trip out to Versailles and give yourself the whole day to enjoy it!

Aeriel Michelle - 24 days ago

4 Star Rating The Palace of Versailles started out life as a royal hunting lodge, but later became a palace housing the king’s court. The mammoth structure is ornate, opulent and over the top in its richness. It is one of Paris’s most visited landmarks, with visitors coming to see its magnificent gardens and the Hall of Mirrors with its 357 mirrors decorating 17 arches. The Palace of Versailles ceased being a royal residence during the French Revolution and today houses a museum of French history.

Suvasish Poddar - 1 month ago

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