Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
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Palace, Trianon Palace, and the estate of Marie-Antoinette: open daily except Mondays and certain public holidays. Gardens and park: open daily.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sue M
    Williamsburg, Virginia1,516 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finally Here!
    This was my husband's fourth attempt to see Versailles. The first two times, 1988 & 2017, there was a strike at Versailles. The third time was in 2020 and the pandemic stopped that visit. We finally made it as part of our Viking Cities of Lights river cruise as an optional excursion. Expensive to do it that way but we had transportation from the hotel, an excellent guide with a small group of 15, and a timed entry so no waiting on line. It is about 40 minutes from the Montparnasse area of Paris. For these very large places, having a guide is well worth the cost. Our guide paced us through the grounds and palace, pointing out the important aspects of each location. He was especially valuable when going through the palace to make sure we had a great visual perspective and a complete understanding of the particular room. To be quite honest, Versailles is huge and covers a great expanse of land and the palace is enormous, but we have seen much more opulent palaces and grounds in St. Petersburg, at Peterhof Palace, Catherine the Great's Palace, and of course the Hermitage. I asked about the chandeliers in the palace and our guide said that they were not original, there was only one which he showed us. Yes, there's a lot of historical events that happened here and we are glad that we finally saw it but I was not wowed.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Lindsey J
    Maui, Hawaii61 contributions
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    An experience
    Is it busy? Yes of course. It’s definitely an experience to do once and see the chateau dripping in gold. There’s definitely construction and upkeep going on, from what I can presume constantly. I had a a ticket ahead of time and didn’t have to wait long to get in. I loved wondering around the gardens, definitely got some miles in. Most of the fountains were off but I did see a fountain show around 2:30 pm.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Christie F
    Tupelo, Mississippi45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t listen to that other long-winded lady. Go! Allez!
    Don’t listen to all those other long-winded Americans who complained about rocks and dust and oh no someone wore sandals. The palace is every bit worth the tour/visit. The gardens are worth the walk/stroll. Do be prepared to spend a long time walking because you won’t want to miss the beauty of the gardens. C’est magnifique.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 June 2023
  • minnms
    Minneapolis, Minnesota203 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could be better
    It depends on what you enjoy doing. I like pretty scenery and the gardens were not that great. I don’t know if it is because they are staying true to the original plantings and just have evergreen type trees with almost no flowers. It can’t be blamed on the weather as I went to another garden in the area, Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins and they had beautiful flowers and bushes. The website states the fountains regularly operate after 10am. They did not while we were there which was after 10am. The gold roof on the palace was stunning. I did not enjoy the crowded interior.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 June 2023
  • bagwan
    Victoria, Canada208 contributions
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    Versailles is a Must-See
    This was my second visit to Versailles and I enjoyed it much more than the first time in the 90s. Everything was so well organized; there were food options; available and needless to say, the chateau and gardens were absolutely fantastic to experience. Crowded but still very comfortable to walk around. We arrived for 11am and took our time going through the grand apartments but spent most of our time outside, wandering the gardens. We took the little train to and from the Petite Trianon and enjoyed that location, inside and out, very much. Thank you for sharing this incredible place!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2023
  • TLMC2014
    Long Island, New York26 contributions
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    Not a good bargain for holders of Paris Museum Pass
    If you need to make a timed entry reservation with the Paris Museum Pass you are only allowed to get a ticket for the Chateau. You can also later scan the pass for entry to the Trianon section of the estate. However it does not include entrance to the gardens on any of the days they ae offering either the Musical Fountains or Musical Gardens show, which is basically every day in the summer. So we were forced to pay 10 euros each for tickets to the gardens for my family of four. It was a complete money grab as holders of the PMP are not allowed to buy the Passport ticket which would have included this. The cost for timed entry to the chateau plus a ticket for entry to the Trianon (which is basically what you have with the PMP) exceeds the cost of the Passport ticket, so no excuse. We spent 40 euro for a short walkthrough to the rest of the estate. We were headed to La Flottille for lunch. This is located right outside of the gardens so once you exit you are only allowed back in the gardens, that we paid extra for, one more time. After lunch we visited the Grand Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet. By the time we returned around 7 all the speakers had been packed up so no musical gardens for us. I'm not sure what we paid for exactly. The gardens are listed as being opened until 8:30 but the show ends at 7 pm. Very disappointing. Also all the shops selling refreshments were also closed by then. We walked around the gardens in the heat with no water fountains or places to buy bottled water. We had to refill out water bottles from the bathroom sink. It would also be helpful if the Trianon section opened earlier than noon. It would have been nice to start in that area while waiting for our timed palace entry at 12:00. We ran out of time to see the Petit Trianon. And as many others have written, there is very little signage or explanation of which direction to go either in the chateau or on the immense grounds. I would also have liked the app to include longer descriptions of the rooms and exhibits for speakers of other languages. I am not a fan of audio guides as I feel they put you in your own little world as was evidenced by the large number of people standing in the middle of walkways, completely oblivious. Not fun with the crowds. A very frustrating experience overall.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 June 2023
  • PANDEY JI
    Varanasi, India1,637 contributions
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    Nice!
    If you plan to do an unguided tour of the palace or gardens you'll not be able to understand the details. It's always good to be a part of guided tour. The garden is open to everyone. Only a fraction of the palace is open for visitors.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Desiree B
    West Plains, Missouri34 contributions
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    A Great Day on Your Trip to Europe!
    If you want to see why the people of Paris revolted during the French Revolution and the most amazing palace in Europe, this is a must stop! Completely worth a day of your trip to Paris, France, or Europe. Take the RER train from Paris and walk to the palace. Get your ticket in advance and skip the long lines! Get the Passporte ticket to visit the extensive, beautiful gardens. Walk behind and to the right of the castle to rent a golf cart to drive around and see the additional water fountains and buildings on the property. I've never stayed until nightfall, but I understand there are fireworks and the fountains are beautiful. I recommend downloading Rick Steve's Audio tour or purchasing the audio tour there to hear interesting commentary about what you will see. The furnishings are amazing, and the history is incredible!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Marcus D
    601 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shoes----comfortable.
    Biggest suggestion we can offer: wear comfortable shoes. Again, wear comfortable shoes. The Palace is massive and it befits the Sun King Louis XIV who considered himself on the level of the God Apollo. Everything here is over the top. The audio guide is a must. Take time to look out the windows overlooking the garden. And when you are in the Hall of Mirrors--remember that "back then" mirrors were a luxury and no hallway anywhere in the world looked like this. Consider holding your partner and doing a little Baroque Dance....
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Manal A
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A breath taking experience
    I planned this visit with my nephew. We enjoyed it so much. It was a fascinating palace to see with lots of beautiful wings and rooms for those interested in photography. The gardens are a different story, probably needed another day. It is highly recommended. Do not miss it ....
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 June 2023
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Rosie
Harrogate, UK5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We took the Metro Line 9 from Porte St Cloud to the terminus Pont de Sevres. Then there are regular public buses which take about 30 mins and the end stop is opposite Versailles. You could also get the train, but it was more expensive for us. We had already pre-booked tickets from the official Versailles website, and once we were checked through security, we queued up on the left hand side as you face the Palace entrance. We were given an alloted time to arrive when booking and so the time taken to queue was not very long. The Palace is enormous; room upon room filled with paintings. We had pre-booked a tour of the King’s apartment as was recommended by someone on TripAdvisor which was a small group tour. This was good and I’m glad we chose it, as you could ask questions and thus were given a greater insight than just hearing information through an audio guide. The tour lasted about an hour, and is given in different languages. I would definitely suggest booking this, more so than the audio guide, although that was fairly useful too. I don’t believe it is suitable for children under 14. Also, as part of the tour you are allowed to see the King’s private chapel which we learned, any member of the public can attend to Mass here for free on the first Sunday of each month. The Palace gardens were lovely, but it was wet the day we visited, so we didn’t linger too long. All in all, I believe you will find Versailles quite interesting but it is (of course) busy and the rooms are filled with a great deal of ugly paintings and garish artefacts.
Written 19 May 2024
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rgeda
Sacramento, CA69 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
Very Beautiful! Loved every minute of our time there. Gardens were open and it a sunny day so a great day to enjoy the beautifully manicured gardens and fountains! Must see!
Written 18 May 2024
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ccsclwns7773
Tiverton, UK981 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Couples
Absolutely magnificent place to visit, superb history and architecture, great gardens.

My biggest tip to you is to buy your ticket on the official website before you go, there were no tickets available on the day, only for the gardens, many disappointed people were turned away.
We had a time slot on our ticket and got in the queue which was very long. Once inside I got our pre booked audio tour and we proceeded to self tour the magnificent palace, this is an absolute must see place if visiting Paris for the first time.

We took the train from Paris to get to Versailles which was very easy and you can look online for how to do that.
Written 18 May 2024
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IDM
Astoria, NY669 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
I am giving two stars because I couldn't enjoy the visit due to the amount of people. Versailles is selling in my opinion way too many tickets for the time slot. We stayed about 40 min to get to the crowded rooms of the palace. Even though the place is beautiful it's hard to enjoy it and admire it. The audio tour was hit and miss. You have to find a number to play the story but with so many people it's easy to miss the number.
Written 16 May 2024
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travelbug
South Carolina118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were disappointed in the gardens as half of them were dug up and being prepared for the Olympics. Inside the palace was very beautiful and very crowded. Even though we had timed tickets we had to wait in the sun for 30minutes past our scheduled time.
Written 16 May 2024
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kmarta
NYC78 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Overcrowded assembly line. Obviously this is just a tourist cash cow, it is clear to anyone with half a brain that the number of tickets needs to be limited by at least 25% more. Unable to move around freely, e.g. cannot reenter the chateau after you go to the gardens. The gardens are ruined by stupid loud music and fountain shows that you pay 10 euros extra for even if you have the museum pass.

We wanted to get coffee first but spent an hour finding it (no signage, online app not helpful), then we had to circle all the way back to get in the one way line of gazillions of tourists cramming the place. Hot, crowded, can’t read the text explaining the rooms (maybe more than one placard per room?). Cannot get out of this line once you start (thought I was going to faint), staff scarce, tour groups impossible to get by.

Finally got to the gardens (under construction in numerous places so loud hammering) which are spectacular. Then the loud music kicks in. WHY would you ruin gardens with such a high decibel of music? It is utterly confounding. Then there are multiple checkpoints to get to Trianon. The Gardens of Petit Trianon are the highlight of the entire complex and the only part I enjoyed.

By the end of the day we were exhausted and frazzled as if we had run a marathon. There are other places that reflect the rococo style of this era — look at a video of Versailles to see the scale and skip this unpleasant day.
Written 16 May 2024
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Maes R
United States2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
CANNOT BUY ONLINE TICKETS!! It’s impossible. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge, Windows, Android, Ventura, tablet, cell, desktop, Visa, MC, debit, credit, virtual, physical, day, night and the system won’t even create an account for you. It tells you it can’t validate card. There’s no support either; they just tell you to CALL THE PALACE to buy tickets… only that they NEVER answer.
Written 15 May 2024
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Timothy M
Eureka, MO251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Palace is a gaudy and Louis decadent example of French kings Louis 14th,15th and 16th. Excess is everywhere. The Hall of Mirrors is worth seeing because of it's role in history. The Palace is one of the top tourist attractions in France so be ready for massive crowds. It is no wonder the French revolution came about. Never the less it is well worth seeing.
Written 15 May 2024
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lorna_rachel
Birmingham, UK179 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
Versailles is an absolutely beautiful place, the grandeur both outside and inside the palace and its gardens too is definitely something to behold! Myself and my sister booked skip the line guided tour tickets through Tiquets for our visit and felt like we got good value for our money, and a good informative tour guide. I would definitely recommend paying a bit extra to skip the queue, as we were slightly shocked by just how big the crowds outside were even early on a Sunday morning when we went!
Written 14 May 2024
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,010 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I knew Versailles was a popular tourist site, but was still unprepared for the crush of humanity in the palace, even though the crowds are managed with timed tickets that lead to long waits just to enter. The Palace itself can’t be faulted for this, but it’s hard to enjoy or appreciate the ornate rooms while people are surging past, angling for photos and blocking every vantage point. It quickly became claustrophobic, even though it’s a high-ceiling, huge building.

While the palace is impressive, it’s not enough to fully make up for the negative visiting experience. The rooms are luxurious, but not uniquely so. The furnishings are limited - they are mostly empty or have only a few pieces of furniture and so it’s hard to imagine what it looked like when in use. Even the Hall of Mirrors was a tad underwhelming as the mirrors are only on one side and aren’t fully reflective.

The gardens are massive and uncrowded. They are impressively designed and manicured and surrounded by statues. But I had hoped more would be in bloom in early May, and most of the fountains were not operating or only intermittent. I’m glad I visited, but will remember the oppressive crowds more than anything else, unfortunately.
Written 9 May 2024
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