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The Top 5 Highlights of the Palace of Versailles

It's hardly surprising that the Palace of Versailles attracts over 10 million visitors per year – it's one of the most majestic places on earth, no exaggeration. Every nook and cranny is worth exploring, but if time is tight, here are the highlights.

Hall of Mirrors

This is the palace's most resplendent room. Each of its 17 arched windows is decorated with 21 mirrors, resulting in a stunning spectacle as light is reflected off 357 mirrors!

The Royal Chapel

Though it's just one of five chapels in the palace, this opulent architectural wonder is by far the most breathtaking. Marie Antoinette's wedding took place here.

The Grand Apartments

Lavishly decorated from top to bottom, the king's apartments are absolutely ravishing -- you'll deem them to be "fit for a king."

Photo: Trizek@ wikimedia commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Clock Room

This room's 250-year-old clock is a technical marvel. Not only does it show the time, date, and even the phases of the moon, but it also features a working model of the solar system!

The Gardens

With its impeccable lawns, geometric flower beds, rows of statues, and ornamental lakes, the splendor of the palace's gardens rivals even the most ornate interiors.

Palace of Versailles: Our Tips

Avoid Mondays

When planning your visit to the Palace of Versailles, keep in mind that the palace is closed on Mondays. On every other day, the visiting hours are from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and from April until October, they're extended to 6:30pm.

Get there early

You'll be amazed by the size of the Palace of Versailles and the sheer amount there is to see. Even if you just stick to the above highlights, you'll want to give yourself ample time. On the other hand, if you intend to see everything, you may even consider spreading your visit over more than one day trip.

Fountain Show

The Palace of Versailles' musical fountain shows are quite simply awe-inspiring. They're held from April until October, on every weekend and public holiday from 11:00am to 12:00pm and again from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. It's absolutely worth scheduling your visit for the fountain shows.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Closed Mondays. Opening times vary from high season (Apr 1st to Oct 31st) to low season (Nov 1st to Mar 31st).
  • What is the price?
    Tickets for guided tours start from €32, depending on the type you would like.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No, but there are audio tours available.
  • How to get there
    Versailles is one hour outside the city. Get there by the Versailles Express coach, leaving twice a day from the Eiffel Tower, or taking an SNCF train from either the Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare station.
  • Additional tips
    • Make sure you are informed about ticket validity and train schedules ahead of your visit.
    • Flash photography is not permitted inside the palace.

What People Are Saying About Palace of Versailles

Great tour experience, keeping it short (1.5hs) but effective

Fun, informative tour guide making experience very positive. Nice thing as well to skip lines and enable us to make more of our day in Paris

Skip the Line: Guided Visit of Versailles Palace Reviewed by vytas, 11/28/2016

Overall the Palace was amazingtour guide informative & entertaining

Guide was informative and entertaining. Learnt a lot of the history of the palace.

Skip the Line: Guided Visit of Versailles Palace Reviewed by Philip, 11/19/2016

Got there before dawn to dodge the queues

An easy train ride and got there about 8:20am before opening to dodge the queues. Really recommend going through the palace first before it gets insanely busy then walk around the gardens - if it is a fountain day schedule yourself to see both sessions as they are so spread out you will not have time to appreciate them in just one go.

Do the full day tour.. 3 hours isn't long enough. Stunning Palace

Not long enough.. would recommend you do the full day tour. So much to see. Absolutely stunning and the gardens are amazing .

The tour gave us interesting information!

It was great to have the personal touch. We learnt facts that we would never have known just by wandering around in our own. We could ask questions too!

Skip the Line: Guided Visit of Versailles Palace Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/16/2016

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