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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

Audio phones were terrible, Versailles beautiful.

Our driver and tour guide Aitken? Was superior! Hope we get him again. He made our day, so knowledgeable and funny!! A+

A very enjoyable trip, well organised, skip the queue well worth it

Our guide Joseph, was very helpful and informative When we got to Versailles the waiting queue was nearly two hours. So glad we booked skip the queue tour The guide sorted out everything, our audio guides and passes Would throughly recommend it

The guide was knowledgeable and and extremely nice!

Great trip. Our guide picked us up at the hotel in a small but comfortable van. He shared lots of info with us on the way to picking up the other people. There were only four of us total (not sure if that is normal) so had ample room. He was very informative and polite, and his English was very good. Once you arrive at Versailles all the info is via audio guide, which is good but not great. If I did it again I would want more time so that you could explore the gardens, but we had ample time for the palace. On the way home the guide was very helpful with suggestions for things to do and even agreed to drop us off at the place of our choosing in Paris. Really happy with the trip and the service. Would definitely recommend.

Great way to beat the wait for tickets @ Versailles!

Save your time waiting at the ticket counter - they will scan the bar code in the tickets emailed to you. No paper and less time waiting in line.

Palace of Versailles and Gardens Full Access Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/04/2018

very disappointed that the Queen's rooms were not available.

The last time I saw the Hall of Mirrors, I thought the room needed a good cleaning, but this time is was discusting. With all the money they are raking in there, they could surely buy some Glass Cleaner!!

Versailles: Priority Admission and Audio Tour Reviewed by Carol, 12/28/2017

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