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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."

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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

Definitely recommend the skip the line and audio tour!

Visited Versailles January 10, 2017. Location to meet the guide was right across the street from the train station. We skipped a very long line and got escorted right to the entrance! You can then go at your own pace using the audio guide and tour the inside of the castle. It was amazing!

Versailles: Priority Ticket and Audio Tour Reviewed by Jean, 01/13/2017

Totally worth doing, very opulent and amazing to see.

Getting the "skip the line" tickets is the way to go. Don't need a tour guide as the audio guides are easy to use and follow. I found the amount of luxuriousness and excess disturbing but hey, it was a royal home way back then and it was before the french revolution. Every thing about it oozes wealth and priviledge but amazing anyway. Alot of the art work is incredible and interesting when you realise it reflects how extravagant the royalty were back then. Using this site was really easy and the instruction re getting the to location and picking up the tickets were very clear and concise even down to which trains to catch and where from as well as the length of time it would take to walk between the points etc.

Skip the Line: Guided Visit of Versailles Palace Reviewed by Miriama, 01/05/2017

Good value journey around one of Europe's most iconic sites.

A quick way to access Versailles. The thought of queuing for over 2 hours appalls me.

Versailles: Priority Ticket and Audio Tour Reviewed by John, 01/04/2017

Skip the long line, Amazing guide, and Detailed description.

Skip the long line of 2 hrs and only spend like 10 mins. Amazing guide, and Detailed description could have been 5 mins early, but for some reason a group of 18 couldn't reach on time before start, so we and 2 other families got almost full attention.

Skip the Line: Guided Visit of Versailles Palace Reviewed by Rishi, 12/29/2016

An excellent guide and very efficient transport.

The transport was prompt and the multilingual guide gave very good advice about maximising time. Entry was very quick.

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