Palace of Versailles
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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

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

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

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."

The Clock Room
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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

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?
    Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • 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

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 22,751 reviews

It's a must if you want to see the palace! My family and I made it a day trip. It was a 30 min drive from Paris. Make sure to line up early because even if you have your tickets the line was still long. The audio guide came in handy and it was nice to learn the history. Make sure you use comfortable walking shoes since you are going to walking throughout the whole estate. Once you enter the gardens there are restaurants and they have really good food. Also if you want to splurge and a bit lazy to walk they offer golf cart and bike rentals to get around! Overall it was a great experience and it's a must!

Traveled easily by train from Paris, on arrival there was a short walk to the palace itself. The audio tour was very informative and the palace impressive. The gardens were definitely the highlight of this Chateau, I recommend a bike rental (you can also rent golf carts) to get around faster as the grounds are vast. Fast food is available in many areas as well as wine and beer and sit-down restaurant.

It was not explained that you can enter the gardens in the morning and the time to enter Versailles has nothing to do with visiting the gardens and other attractions! The fountains are launched for half an hour throughout the day, and in the evening even the largest fountain was not launched! After 6 pm, only three fountains were working. This is not a fountain show!

Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Access Ticket & Audio Guide Reviewed by

We had a wonderful time exploring the palace and gardens - highly recommend this activity! Just a note, children are free but also need to book tickets (via website). Golf buggy is a great way to explore the gardens with little ones.

The palace is amazing. However, make sure to also visit the trianons, the village of the queen and the gardens. Spend some time by the Grand Canal! It's an amazing experience and it takes a full day to appreciate the site enough.