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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We had bought our passes ahead and it was a nice sunny day so we headed out by train from Paris only to find that there was a strike! Others who had cell access checked and read the strike was to end ... more »
A place that doesn't need to must presentation. Inside of the palace you can see the king chambers, the beautiful ball rooms, the ladies chambers and the beautiful gardens. Each room is decorated diff... more »
The opulence of the palace and gardens is unmatched by anything i have ever seen or could imagine. It is a must see by anyone and everyone. Be prepared to walk several miles when there. The palace is stunning inside and out. I suggest doing a skip the line pass we walked right in with our guide then had a choice of doing audio guide or not. The gardens are stunning from the moment you walk out the back onto the Royal Court. Constructed in mid 1600s. Your able to look down the steps to a wide path lined with amazing statuary and ponds with amazing bronze statues in the fountains. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and so impressive, not to be missed.
Bypass the chateau and enter the gardens for free!! Spend your day in a rowboat on the lake, biking on beautiful trails, sitting in an outdoor cafe sipping espresso or having a picnic by the lake. Bring in a lunch or buy a sandwich from the eateries and you will enjoy it so much more than being herded past rooms of furniture with a 100 people taking pics of the ceilings!! Tickets are easy to buy either online or at a kiosk however, we arrived at 11:30 to find a 2 hour wait. We got out of line and spent the day having so much fun in the expansive gorgeous garden in back. Around 4:30 we got back in line for a 30 min wait to see the chateau. My husband and I said "that's it" after 15 minutes Inside. Trust me, your better off in the gardens having a blast. Also, be prepared for long lines to the restrooms. Perfect place to allow kids to play. A lot of walking with stairs to navigate. Doable for seniors, children and majority of people. Includes bike rental, golf cart rental and a scenic tram all very reasonable. Don't feel guilty about skipping the chateau.
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