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Palace of Versailles and Gardens

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Palace of Versailles and Gardens features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Paris City Guide5-day Paris City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • One of the most magnificient palaces in the world
  • World Heritage Site
  • Beautiful gardens

Time required: 210 minutes

Phone: +33 1 30 83 78 00

Web site: http://en.chateauversail...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
April 1 - October 31 - palace: 9am - 6:30pm
April 1 - October 31 - garden: 8am - 8:30pm
November 1 - March 31 - palace: 9am - 5:30pm
November 1 - March 31 - garden: 8am 6pm
Monday: Palace closed
Jan 1, April 5, May 1, Nov 1 and Dec 25: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
Whole Versailles (on the Grandes eaux musicales and Jardins musicaux days): 25 €
Whole Versailles: 18 €
The palace: 15 €
The garden: Free
Under 18: Free
EU citizens of ages 18-25: Free
First Sunday of each month from Nov to March: Free

Public transport:

  • RER C5: Rive Gauche station

Address: Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: CpaKmoi

Things you need to know:

  • Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) is one of the most extravagant palaces in the world
  • Construction started in 1661 and took 50 years (1710) to turn Louis XIII's hunting lodge into this fascinating palace
  • The king and his family lived in the Petits Appartements the reason why the king's and queen's rooms are so much overdone
  • Highlight of the palace is the unbelievable Hall of Mirrors (71m, 223-ft) designed to reflect sunlight back into the garden to remind people that the Sun King, Louis XIV, lived here
  • French royals lived such a decadent life here in a period of deep poverty that their excesses started the Revolution of 1789
  • The treaty ending World War I, in 1919, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage site

What to do there:

  • Enter the palace and pick up a map and an audio guide (included in the admission fee)
  • Visit all the rooms of the palace. The Hall of Mirrors will probably be the highlight of your tour
  • Admire the beautiful gardens with lakes, canals, geometric flower beds, long avenues and fountains

Tips & Insights:

  • During low season you can avoid the huge crowds, but the gardens are not so spectacular and the fountains do not work
  • Try to purchase your tickets at the tourist bureau in Paris to avoid the huge lines
  • Also, if you book online you might be able to avoid the long lines (unfortunately even the preferential access can also have a long line)
  • An another way to avoid the long lines is buying your tickets from the vending machines on site (only accept cards)

 

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