Versailles Palace

Visiting Versailles

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 49 euros to visit Versailles on a coach tour 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. Alernatively, take the metro or train from Paris to Versailles.

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The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace
The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace

Versailles hours

From 1/04 to 31/10 - every day except Mondays - 9.00 am - 6.30 pm - last admission: 6.00 pm - Tickets until 5.50 pm

From 1/11 to 31/03 - every day except Mondays - 9.00 am - 5.30 pm - last admission: 5.00pm - Tickets until 4.50 pm

Avoid Tuesdays and holiday weekends as Versailles is then crowded. Come at 9am for less queuing and a quieter visit.

Ticket price: 15 euros.

Hall of Mirors and other sights

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

Locate Versailles Palace and its top sights on Versailles map. You can also visit Versailles with interactive map.

Official web site of Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace: fountain in Versailles Park
Versailles Palace: fountain in Versailles Park

Versailles history

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 (picture).

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.

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 French 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 history

Versailles Gardens

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

Spend as much time in Versailles Gardens as you can. Rent a boat on the Grand Canal (1 hour costs 16 euros) or a bicycle in the park (1 hour costs 7.50 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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