Palace of Versailles

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Palace of Versailles
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10:00 AM - 9:59 AM
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10:00 AM - 9:59 AM
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10:00 AM - 9:59 AM
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10:00 AM - 9:59 AM
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10:00 AM - 9:59 AM
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10:00 AM - 9:59 AM
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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.
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Michele D
Holmdel, NJ198 contributions
Family
As expected this place is gorgeous and filled with an enormous amount of art in addition to the ornate rooms. We spent 3.5 hours and I felt like I was rushed (by family) through the Audio tour. We also missed half the palace because once you enter the gardens the only way to get back into the palace is to queue at the insanely long lines that you oringally came through. I didn’t know that so be sure to do everything you want in the palace before going to the garden.

Get a map of the garden when you enter - we had no idea where the fountains that were running were since it doesn’t show that on the main map when you enter. Walked all the way to the end of the garden then picked up a map there. Mirrors fountain was 5e best with water synchronized to music. Generally they were a bit disappointing for what I expected.

Arrive early and the crowds inside the rooms will be less. Especially hall of mirrors.

Used the free Audio tour but I recommend to familiarize yourself with the layout before you go. I had a hard time initially figuring out which Audio segment went with which room. The signs on the rooms are all geared towards the paid audio tour. But the free downloadable one was excellent once I got it matched up.
Written August 3, 2022
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Excursion80582
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Family
Tips for Versailles - go early! We got there at 9:20am for a timed 9:30am entrance and they let us straight in. Not crowded at all. I just bought a basic entry ticket and my daughter is 15 so was free.

Download the Versailles app, download the audio guide and take your own headphones. No need to use data or wifi which I don’t think worked anyway.
No need to hire dirty uncomfortable headphones. No need to pay a fortune for a tour guide.
My daughter and I loved the freedom that came with controlling our own tour without being held up by others. The downloaded tour was brilliant and very easy to follow.

Buy a return RER ticket so you don’t have to worry about it on your return or get caught up in crowds.

The golf buggies looked fun to whizz around the gardens but they were 35 Euro for one hour so we walked instead. Or you can hire bikes which looked fun.

It’s a fantastic day trip if you get there early and avoid the crowds.
Written July 7, 2022
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Tom
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The Palace is very nice - I enjoyed the art and decor. It was crowded but I somehow avoided any long queues. The gardens are nice for a wander, though not the prettiest, and I enjoyed a brief visit to the Grand Trianon. Worth noting that if you have a Paris Museum Pass, entry is free (I booked online before I got my Museum Pass so missed out on this benefit).

After entering the Palace I chose to visit a temporary exhibition and the Gallery of Battles first, after which I followed the route to the Exit and into the gardens. Do not do this, because once you've been through the Exit your entry passport does not entitle you to re-enter the Palace (fortunately a staff member did allow me to re-enter after he'd told me off). Go to the State Apartments first, and the route will then take you to the Hall of Mirrors and the Gallery of Battles.

Due to the lack of useful information in the rooms, most people were using audioguides or the Versailles app on their phones, which creates a rather disconnected atmosphere. I just used the app, which was frustrating but sometimes interesting.
Written March 20, 2022
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hjr_86
Manchester, UK52 contributions
Couples
After booking months in advance with a specific entry time and advice that you can enter 30mins before expect to wait a few more hours outside! Staff have no clue what’s happening, we showed our ticket was directed to a queue only to be told when we got to the front that only 1pm bookings could come through when at this point it was 2.15pm. Although the building and gardens are beautiful I would never book again via their website, only book via a third party organised tour guide whereby there is a separate entrance with time slots which are adhered to - otherwise expect frustration and stress in advance of entering. Rooms are packed full so also expect lots of waiting around and constant requests to pass through! Overall disappointing experience
Written November 5, 2021
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Written November 17, 2021
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Federico N
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Friends
The museum and the ville of Versailles is not for disabled peoples. There is a stone walkway which is hard for people in wheelchair. We bought the tickets (4 peoples, 1 in wheelchair and his caregiver, 1 male and a girl ), then at entrance the ticket were not valid, they thought that my disabled friend was faking even with official EU disability passport and my friend was not younger than 25 years old even showing the ID. You can take a coffee and macaroni but you cannot eat inside, but, irony, if you leave more than 100 € at Angelina Restaurant, you can eat.
Beatiful for art and paintings, but a lot hypocrisy and rude staff.
Written November 28, 2021
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Amalie M
Haugesund, Norway1 contribution
As a student from the EEA studying in France under 26 years old I booked the free tickets ahead, supposing that I would get in with no problem (like any other museum in France).

I was disappointed to learn that this was not the case both when showing both my national and student ID. The staff told me that since my country is not a part of the EU the ticket was not valid and that I had to buy the 18€ ticket to get in to the palace. When I explained that I'm a student in France I was asked for a visa or carte vitale (the EEA makes sure you don't need any of them, just as any other EU member country), showing me that the staff had no clue what the EEA is, and that they would not believe that I legally was a French resident. After discussing with the staff for a while, I gave up and decided to not go inside the palace, and had to leave my friends (who got inside being EU members).

The gardens were very beautiful (and free), and I enjoyed walking there for a few hours. I would have loved to go inside, but unfortunately ignorant staff did not make it possible.
Written March 2, 2022
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Frankman4
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Family
RER operates a tourist trap at the Versailles train station that soured our visit.

They know that tourists will make an honest mistake and have the 1-3 zone pass and not the 1-5 zone. There were 10+ RER employees waiting at the exit. They pull you aside when you can’t get out. Rather than the decent thing of simply charging you the difference in the ticket fare, they instead charge you a 35€ PER TICKET fine. They are only there until the last Palace Tour. There wasn’t a single person in the station to help you buy a return ticket other than a crazy homeless guy.

So my advice is make sure you bought the 1-5 zone pass. Then as you’re leaving the Versailles station, smile at the RER employees and raise a finger at them.
Written June 27, 2022
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AnnMayTravelling
Baden-Württemberg, Germany334 contributions
Solo
Before I start with my review one short remark: I visited before the pandemic hit, therefore I won’t be able to say anything about their measures.

The Palace of Versailles is probably the most beautiful palace I’ve visited so far. It is so stunning to see what they built hundreds of years ago and how the palace grew over time and was extended in so many steps.
One might think that so much gold in a room could be overwhelming or distasteful, but in my opinion Versailles is just beautiful.
I visited for about three hours in total to see all of the inside of the palace but not that much of the park, as the weather was rather mediocre on that day. It took me a good half hour to get here from Velizy but it would take a lot longer to come here from the center of Paris.
I took a self-guided tour and the information on the audio guide was very interesting. The entry fee was 18€ per person.
All in all I would always come back here and visit again and would recommend coming here to anyone who is staying south of Paris.
Written July 31, 2020
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Molly
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Couples
We had a great experience. We bought a passport ticket online which, when converted, cost around £23 - this granted us access to the palace, gardens and Trianon. Considering we spent the whole day here I think it’s good value.

The palace itself is beautiful, though very very crowded. I would also suggest arriving a little earlier than your arrival time states as the queues get very long and if it’s hot (like it was when I visited) it can be uncomfortable standing in line in the heat. These things were only tiny inconveniences on the day though and it was still great!
Written April 16, 2022
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Christa L
Coopersburg, PA160 contributions
Family
We went to Versallies with our 4 children, ages (14,12,12 and 4).

This was a highlight of our trip. Absolutely stunning!!! All the kids enjoyed roaming through the Palace and Gardens.

We opted to just buy the entrance ticket (the cheapest option), and this was plenty for a family with children. There is so much ground to cover that It is unrealistic to do more then that with kids. A guided tour is absolutely not necessary and not something I would recommend with kids (or as an adult, unless you are a history buff).

After the Palace we explored the town of Versailles and enjoyed lunch at a nearby cafe.

Do not miss visiting Versallies if you are in Paris.
Written June 27, 2022
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