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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

An amazing place Kind helpful guides made visit a pleasure

pre booked palace as we could not get in last visit as line too long This time there was even a guide outside train station showing direction to office to meet tour group excellent day out

Versailles: Priority Admission and Audio Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/21/2017

GetYourGuide provided easy instructions to follow!

GetYourGuide provided easy directions to get to its tour office as well as an informed guide to get us to the palace. She was also helpful in learning how to use the audio tour recorders. I would totally use this company again.

Versailles: Priority Admission and Audio Tour Reviewed by Carol, 08/21/2017

Spectacular view of Henry the14th times.

The grounds, sculptures, houses, it's understandable that people died of pneumonia back then. We are so blessed.

Amazing - such a beautiful experience and worth the wait in line.

I wish I had more time! I will be returning to Versailles to visit all the things I missed out on. I think the experience is very unique and something that I have never seen before. I would recommend this 100%.

Our tour guide was lovely. Very friendly and informative!

Our tour guide was lovely. Very friendly and informative! The only disadvantage to going on the tour when we did, was the large amount of people in the palace at one time. It was claustrophobic and hard to move through at times, but that wasn't the tour guide's fault.

Skip the Line: Guided Visit of Versailles Palace Reviewed by Alice, 08/14/2017

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