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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.

Our insider 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 should I visit?
    Closed Mondays. Opening times vary from high season (Apr 1st to Oct 31st) to low season (Nov 1st to Mar 31st).
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information

    • 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

The service was smooth and sleek and exceptionally 5 star

Laura, our guide, was wonderful in the way she shifted our time slot earlier, and took us straight into the place with no hanging about. 5 Star treatment and will recommend your company to anyone else wanting to use your service.

Great tour. Our guide was knowledgable and entertaining.

When we arrived at the Palace there was a wait to get in that would have taken two hours or more. We were able to walk right in with our guide in under 5 minutes.

Patricia was an amazing guide to the palace.

The tour said 2.5 hours but we stayed for 4,5 hours. The palace itself is steeped in history and the gardens are so beautifully sculpted. A great day out. Can’t recommend it enough.

It was so much easier with this skip the line entrance ticket!

I am so happy we had booked this as the very long queues of people standing in the hot sun must have been very hot and uncomfortable before they eventually got into the palace. After the palace we were able to walk straight into the gardens again avoiding long queues.

Our tour and tour guide was definitely worth it!!

Our tour guide was named Sonja (I hope that's how you spell it) and she was great! She knew so much about Versailles and Paris in general. She made the tour fun and personable. She even took our photos after. Over all, it was a great tour and we would recommend it!

Skip the Line: Versailles Chateau & Gardens Tour Reviewed by donna, 09/07/2018

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