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Reviewed 2 days ago

the art is amazing lots of religious themes in the paintings some things may be closed for remodeling the guided tour is best because you understand a great deal more there is many interesting things to see like the war room and the apartments of the king and queen and to get an insight to how they lived

Thank Brad G
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was really lucky to visit the palace of versailles for a private wedding

I felt like living in paris in the 18th century and it was like being part of the palace

The waiters were dressed in traditional clothes and the whole experience was amazing

It was something extraordinaire

Thank nick_kout
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Palace itself is very big and it takes time to see everything around. Rooms are tiny and in case if there groups in front of you, it wont be that enjoyable and comfortable to view rooms. Recommend to get tickets online to skip ticket line and visit place early in the morning. Best way to get there is train(RER C).

Thank Kanan D
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After reading the many comments bemoaning the huge crowds and long lines for entry I took the advice of many and booked a 9:30 King’s Apartment tour. As it turns out, when we arrived at 9 the crowd was, well, sparse! It pays to time your visit on an off season Wednesday if you can. The tour guide mentioned multiple times how nice it was that we had each room to ourselves. By the time we finished our tour and went to the Hall of Mirrors there was still plenty of wide open space. Timing is everything! And it goes without saying, Versailles is a must see. It would be nice if they expanded (and reduced the price of) the tram car service to the Trianon, but I understand it would affect the general ambiance to have them tooling up and down the Canal area.

1  Thank Jargonowa
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So many times I have put off visiting Versailles because of weather or time crunch, so I was happy to finally visit the infamous palace and grounds. It’s stunning. It was difficult to stop and look at things in the palace, due to swarms of 100+ tours that would surround the viewing areas blocking off viewing access. We stayed about 1.5 hrs, 30 min of which was standing in line for the WC-they need more facilities available for the thousands of visitors. We grabbed soda across the parking lot at the mini carrefour, as the beautiful cafe in the palace had a very long line as well.

1  Thank lesleyenglandfamily
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Gardens are vast and beautiful to walk through on a sunny day. We saw many people lounging around and enjoying the space by sketching or having picnics.
However because it was so crowded, we did not enjoy the TWO HOUR wait in line (this is with purchased tickets. "skip the line" just means skip the first short line to purchase and you don't skip the long one to Enter) and then anytime spent indoors felt like a slow move in a long procession of people. Marie Antoinette's quarters on the other end of the park were neat, but its such a quaint space that cannot be enjoyed with security urging people along like cattle in little hallways. Also the Chateau or Palace itself closed two hours earlier than expected and the staff was extremely brisk in getting people out of the property without explanation. Too much waiting for too little to see. Versailles is over-rated if you don't have much time. We felt ripped off and disappointed.

1  Thank Cotsuka
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Thee is SO much to see at Vesailles, so you need to be very organised. If you can, choose a day where the fountain show is on (changes each season so check ahead). Buy your entrance tickets online BEFORE you get to the Palace. Be there by 8.45 so you can be at the front when the doors open, so you can beat the crowds when passing security. I would also recommend an audio guide. Once inside, make sure you see the Grand Apartments and the Halls of Mirrors first, From there, walk to the Grand Canal, and hire a bike for the afternoon (at a cost, around 15 EUR for 4 hours). Ride to Grand Trianon, then Petite Trianon. From there, explore the estate of the majestic gardens riding your bike. You can easily spend 3 hours riding around the tracks. You can also stop off for a picnic. Once you have finished riding, be sure to be at the fountains ready for the show at the time, as there are many magnificent fountains to see.. It is a long day, but SO worth it. Versailles is like nothing you will ever see. The fountain show adds to the magic of the Palace.
Tips: there are no water stations, so get a big bottle of water. Bringing your own cheese and baguettes is a perfect way to spend your lunch. However, there are cafes near the Grand trianon, but are expensive (water was 3 EUR for a 500ml water). Wear comfortable walking shoes, the estate is like a city so there is lots of walking to do. To see it properly, you really need to be there from 9am until 5pm. But it will be the most magical day.

4  Thank Karen D
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A visit to Paris will be incomplete without visiting this grand palace palace which is really exotic and grand I book the tickets through online so that you can skip the queue and enter inside the Palace but even then I booked online there was a long queue waiting for the online ticket holders so I got inside in 45 minutes so there was the security check for everybody , it houses the largest decorations, intricate paintings , rooms, porticoes , sculptures , art gallery , church , Hall of Mirrors in Paris as you walk to Wok inside rooms it is very beautifully decorated with architectural sculptures and the screens the carpet the wood finish works it was very grand and you feel as if you will get immersed in the french history visiting the persons Palace will take at least a day so make a plan to visit this palace in the early morning hours when it open entry first inside the palace in the morning hours I can spend visiting the palace and the afternoon we can spend visiting the Gardens and there is a small Petite Tianom Palace which is few hundred meters walk-able from it that there is also and battery operated at train which will take you to the pattern Palace which is situated other side corner of the of gardens you can easily spend a day. The symphony fountains is mother major attraction where you can see the fountains dancing in accordance with the music that is being played as you wonder inside the Gardens you will really enjoy the beautiful manicure and Gardens the shrubs and bushes around which is very maintained.

1  Thank Ashwathram r
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Getting to Versailles takes some time, but is worth it. We had to take an RER train from Paris to get to Versailles. The trip was smooth and comfortable. We went early. We did not give ourselves enough time to visit the gardens or other areas beyond the Palace. The town of Versailles is a nice, quiet town when you get away from the tourist attractions. The Palace is amazing. The tours are done individually with a hand held MP3 type machine. They are adequate and you can move on to something else if you have seen enough. As a student I learned about the French Revolution, but I had no idea why the common people wanted to depose the monarchy. After a couple of hours looking at the opulence of Versailles, I understand a little more about their motivations. This place is really amazing. Nice place to visit. It will take most of a day and you could spend more time in the area.

1  Thank Bret158
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Before I begin to write, I just want to point out that if you are planning on coming to Versailles you need a lot of time, hence the title. Now that is out of the way, few things to consider before planning. 1. Time, get to Versailles early or late afternoon like around 3 pm (the sun is reckless to be standing in a long line). 2. When you are taking the train, be advise and warn that Versailles is considered outside of Paris, so your train tickets won't work. You will need to purchase another tickets getting to the station. The round trip is about 14.20 euros. So please have that change with you. 3. Have bottle of water and an umbrella if you are here during the summer time, the lines are very long. 4. Even if you have purchased your tickets online, for some odd reason you still have to be in line, but it is good to have them. 5. This is an important tip: If you prefer you can go to the Gardens first and later you can go the Palace, to save time and enjoy more. There is no line for the Gardens because everyone is trying to get into the Palace. My advise: Go to the Gardens first and enjoy and have a great walk before all the other people get there, and then go to the Palace. The choice if yours!

I hope these tips help, and that you do enjoy your travel to Versailles.

Now, for the inside tip, if you are lover of art yes, this is the palace to enjoy and admire all the beauty and things that it has to offer. As I said before you need TIME. A lot of it actually and can't rush much. The Palace gets narrow with all the people inside, but you still can appreciate the art, the decor, and much much more.

Getting out of the Palace, you will enter the Gardens, only if you have chosen to go to the Palace first, but if you have been to the Gardens first, then you won't have to worry about reading this part. This is for those who are going to the Palace first. After finishing enjoying and exploring the Palace, you will be led to the Gardens. The sight is precious, breath taking. Have an umbrella, water bottle and comfortable shoes to walk around. You can rent a gold cart, but I prefer walking and enjoying more. You can go down to the water activity and get a small boat to do the aquatic activity as well, if you prefer.

I highly recommend this for those who have a lot of time and want to enjoy a whole day at Versailles. Have fun and don't get exhausted standing in the line...

P.S. I will upload photos later for Versailles.

1  Thank Abdul M
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