Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace tours from Paris

If you come to Paris for at least two days, don't miss Versailles Palace, a top Unesco world heritage sight.

It takes half a day and 44 euros to visit Versailles on a tour by coach from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. If you have a full day, combine the visit of Versailles Palace with Giverny near Versailles or Versailles Palace with Paris.

If you want to go on your own, consider metro or train for the Paris to Versailles trip or book a taxi. Avoid Tuesdays when Versailles Palace is crowded. It is a good idea to stay overnight in beautiful Versailles city.

Visit Versailles Palace on a tour
Visit Versailles Palace + Giverny on a tour
The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace
The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace

History of Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace, 16 kilometers West of Paris, was commissioned by Louis XIV in the 17th century.

Louis XIV, the almighty King of France, was known as Sun King and reigned 72 years from 1643 to 1715.

In 1668, the King commissioned Versailles Palace and Versailles Park to the greatest French artists. The construction ended in 1684 with the Hall of Mirrors. The lovely Trianons were added in the 18th century.


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Louis XIV wanted to settle at a distance from Paris rebellious inhabitants and close to hunting forests.

The largest in Europe, Versailles Palace housed 20 000 nobles during one century. In 1789, Versailles Palace was abandonned at the outset of the revolution.

Versailles Palace was turned into a museum of French history in 1833. Repair work began in 1925, thanks to many generous donators including David Rockefeller.

Versailles Palace information

The Hall of Mirrors, the King's Suite and Queen's Suite, the State Apartments, Versailles Opera and Versailles Royal Chapel are the top masterpieces of Versailles Palace. Locate them on printable Versailles Palace Map

Book long in advance and go to a concert in Versailles Palace. More Versailles Palace facts. Locate Versailles Palace on Paris map. Versailles Palace interactive map.

Official Web site of Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace: fountain in Versailles Park
Versailles Palace: fountain in Versailles Park
Versailles Palace: lunch at Petite Venise restaurant in Versailles Park
Versailles Palace: lunch at Petite Venise in Versailles Park

Versailles Park

The Grand Canal, Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon, the fountains turn Versailles Park into a marvel.

Spend as much time in Versailles Park as you can. Rent a boat on the Grand Canal (1 hour costs 15 euros) or a bicycle in the park (1 hour costs 6.50 euros). See detailed rates and hours. Go to one good restaurant: La Flottille or La Petite Venise (Lunch at La Petite Venise is included in Versailles Palace full day tour).

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