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The Top 5 Highlights of the Palace of Versailles

It's hardly surprising that the Palace of Versailles attracts over 10 million visitors per year – it's one of the most majestic places on earth, no exaggeration. Every nook and cranny is worth exploring, but if time is tight, here are the highlights.

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

This is the palace's most resplendent room. Each of its 17 arched windows is decorated with 21 mirrors, resulting in a stunning spectacle as light is reflected off 357 mirrors!

The Royal Chapel

The Royal Chapel

Though it's just one of five chapels in the palace, this opulent architectural wonder is by far the most breathtaking. Marie Antoinette's wedding took place here.

The Grand Apartments

The Grand Apartments

Lavishly decorated from top to bottom, the king's apartments are absolutely ravishing -- you'll deem them to be "fit for a king."

The Clock Room
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The Clock Room

This room's 250-year-old clock is a technical marvel. Not only does it show the time, date, and even the phases of the moon, but it also features a working model of the solar system!

The Gardens

The Gardens

With its impeccable lawns, geometric flower beds, rows of statues, and ornamental lakes, the splendor of the palace's gardens rivals even the most ornate interiors.

Our insider tips

Avoid Mondays

When planning your visit to the Palace of Versailles, keep in mind that the palace is closed on Mondays. On every other day, the visiting hours are from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and from April until October, they're extended to 6:30pm.

Get there early

You'll be amazed by the size of the Palace of Versailles and the sheer amount there is to see. Even if you just stick to the above highlights, you'll want to give yourself ample time. On the other hand, if you intend to see everything, you may even consider spreading your visit over more than one day trip.

Fountain Show

The Palace of Versailles' musical fountain shows are quite simply awe-inspiring. They're held from April until October, on every weekend and public holiday from 11:00am to 12:00pm and again from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. It's absolutely worth scheduling your visit for the fountain shows.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets for guided tours start from €32, depending on the type you would like.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No, but there are audio tours available.
  • How to get there
    Versailles is one hour outside the city. Get there by the Versailles Express coach, leaving twice a day from the Eiffel Tower, or taking an SNCF train from either the Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare station.
  • Additional information

    • Make sure you are informed about ticket validity and train schedules ahead of your visit.

    • Flash photography is not permitted inside the palace.

What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 19,543 reviews

Well organized but not the greatest headsets

Our tour guide was well organized especially with as large as a group she had (no larger than any other Versailles tour group). She had tickets ready, even marked the return train tickets so we wouldn't get it confused with earlier tickets. Wish the tour group's headset equipment worked better. I kept having problems with mine so I had to keep playing with it, moving the wire around or where the headset was inserted. This took away from the experience and was the worse headset of all the headsets we used on various tours and with different tour groups. I wasn't the only one with problems so the guide had to constantly swap out sets for people. Very distracting and time consuming.

The best for an entertaining tour of the castle!

Our guide in Paris, Guiseppe, brought us to Versailles with no problem and even gave us advice on how to come back to our hotels afterwards. He was friendly and explained everything very well. Our guide in the castle was the best. She gave us the inside scoop of the lives of the kings and queens and on how the society in Versailles worked. She told us everything in a very entertaining way and could answer all our questions. She was really lovely and I'll never forget her enthusiasm (and her adorable flower!). Thank you for an amazing experience, much better than any audio guide!! I loved it!!

Marion Rame was an extraordinary tour guide

We had the most most wonderful time at Versailles. Marion met us at the metro station and was delightful and immediately brought us into the world and history of Versailles in such an appealing and enthusiastic and passionate way. Our group was so impressed with her and her knowledge and her way of explaining in such a manner that kept us engages for any hours....despite the distraction of rain, crowds and stuffiness inside the palace since it was so muggy with the rain. If we go back to Paris....we would love to have Marion be our guide for other tours.

Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch Reviewed by

AMAZING experience and highly recommend!

Did a photoshoot for a surprise engagement. There were some last minute changes but everything still went very smoothly. Beks is an amazing photographer and would definitely have her do another shoot for us. We ran late to the shoot and she still stayed for almost the entire hour and did multiple different locations and poses. We LOVE how the photos came out and everyone we share them with say they are gorgeous. Highly recommend for anyone that is doing a surprise proposal or anyone that just wants to have some nice photos of your vacation!

Paris: Personal Travel Photographer Reviewed by

Informative guide, too many visitors, especially documentary wannabes.

Gabriella was informative and interesting, the site is a historical must, but the crowds - especially those who believe their photos and videos take precedence over good manners and others' enjoyment - significantly detract from the experience. Perhaps, tourists should be taught that most of the visuals are already on line. Furthermore, perhaps they should be taught how to be considerate of others. It appears some have no clue that other individuals exist.

Ultimate Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

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