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 If you take an Uber here, note that Google maps has the palace pinned on the chateau itself rather than the entrance to the palace. We visited on our 5th day here, and by then were exhausted by paintings, long lines, and endless paths of walking through museums. Thus, this review is for the gardens - which is free and very expansive. Come here on a sunny day if you can. Beautiful though the flowers are not there during the winter. Nevertheless a romantic spot, and worth the travel.

R. W. - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating Amazing place of historical importance. A must see. The opulence was unbelievable. Inside the Palace it was really congested in areas because of groups standing around. The grounds and other buildings weren't so crowded and you'll want to see everything. It will take the better part of the day to peruse the grounds and all the buildings. When on the grounds be sure to pay attention where you are because things aren't marked very well. I'd suggest getting tickets before you go. The website has really good instructions on how to get there.

Beth Copeland - 19 days ago

4 Star Rating The Palace of Versailles, originally the summer home for King Louis XIV, is wonderfully preserved and historically striking. The palace holds many beautiful arts and replicas of the original rooms. One can easily become lost in the sea of rooms as the hours fly by. After touring the building, a stroll through the gardens is quite pleasing. The only noticeable downside of the attraction is the large amounts of people all there to witness a fantastic piece of French history.

Opie - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place to experience. Château can be a bit crowded but gardens are a delight to explore. Easy parking and very pleasant and helpful staff.

DE Tablet - 29 days ago

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