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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

Spoilt by the extremely long slow queue for security!!!

Beautiful grounds, having bought ticket in advance I was so disappointed to queue for one and a half hours to get into the palace...

We enjoyed the palace and gardens very much.

But we did not expect to wait an hour on line to enter. Also we did not have proper footware for the stoney entrance online before entering the palace. You should mention that this is not foot friendly.

Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Day Passes Reviewed by Yehoshua, 10/01/2017

Stunning, brilliant, elegant, relxing fall day of taking it all in!

The chateau was stunning. The audio was helpful and you could linger in any room as long as you wanted. The crowds were huge, even in late September. We did arrive by 9:30 by train using the NaviGo tickets. The gardens were beautiful and gardeners were out. We had time, sine we took the train in on our own, to walk out to all of the various far buildings and tour through on our ticket. The old farm, water wheel mill, and village were so pretty. One huge building was getting rethatched and refurbished.... scaffolding galore! In all, we spent 6+ hours at Versailles and we'd go again!

Great experience and a fantastic way to see these majestic grounds

Great experience and a fantastic way to see these majestic grounds. Very knowledgeable guide, particularly in French history.

Got in with a minimal line and informative tour

The tour achieved exactly what we wanted it to. We minimized our wait in line and had a very informative tour pen. You get information by placing the pen on the appropriate Room name on the map. It was most helpful in the Palace itself with some good information still in the Gardens. There was still some interesting information at the Trianon though much less story than the main palace or Gardens. At the end, we returned our pen back at the office and got our deposit back. Overall, I would recommend this tour.

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