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

4 Star Rating The place is very impressive and interesting. But it's really crowded. We arrived around 10 a.m. and the line to the Chateau was very long so we decided to go to the gardens first. When we finished in the garden, the line to the chateau was much shorter. It was about 12 noon. Good decision to do the Gardens first. We had the Museum Pass that's supposed to let us skip the line but we were told the Chateau is not included :( .

Cynthia Pagba - 19 hours ago

5 Star Rating The palace should be seen but the gardens are better. You'll come once and visit the palace all your next trips here will be just for the gardens. We rented a row boat at the lake and had a great time. Recommend renting a bike to get around and see all the garden.

Tim Garner - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating The experience is really nice. One has to stick to the planning of reaching early as there can be a long line if you reach later. Also plan your visit to Palace and Garden well. The musical fountain show happens at specific time only and it can be missed. I really liked the onion soup in the restaurant there.

Varun Aggarwal - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Huge and gorgeous. Worth getting a guide for extra 7€ not only to pass the line, but also to see and hear about the life of the Kings. Gardens are beautiful, they take a long time to visit and admire. The other buildings are worth seeing as well, they are still very much decorated, but have a different feel to the main castle.

Marius Rutkevicius - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing experience! The palace of Versailles is such a marvel. The history and beauty of this place made the trip well worth it. But don't come here just for the palace. The gardens were so beautiful. They have fountains and music always going. And if you feel like taking a walk you can always visit Marie Antoinette' s estate.

Dallas Howard - 29 days ago

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