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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?
    Closed Mondays. Opening times vary from high season (Apr 1st to Oct 31st) to low season (Nov 1st to Mar 31st).
  • 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

Excellent Tour and was able to go around Versaille AFTER the Tour

After a few hiccups with trains / train stations, directions plus weather etc arrived late for my Tour at 11am. Managed to contact Tour Office, and my Tour was rearranged (With no audio pen) at 13.30pm. Enjoyed the Tour very much and was pleased to be able to look further into the Palace on my own. The weather was bad so unable to get to see much of the Gardens, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Amazing that i will be using your app again soon

I had a great day there was no hastle girl scanned my phone and of it side i went in really pleased with the outcome

Palace of Versailles and Gardens Full Access Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/09/2018

Amazing experience and by far the best day we had in France!

Tour guide named Jack was awesome!!!!!!! It was truly the BEST thing we did while in France and Jack made the trip really fun despite the VERY cold weather. He is an awesome tour guide we learned a lot from him about the history of the Kings and he made it fun. Thanks, Karen Ramundo of the highlights of our trip!

We really enjoyed this tour. There were a couple of small involving a young child who fell off her bike but as it was early in the trip, our guide Eddie got her on a tandem with her mom and all else was smooth sailing. I recommend parents with young riders to look at the tandem bike as an option so everyone can enjoy to the fullest. The weather was beautiful and our guide Eddie was super entertaining. We had a lot of laughs and really enjoyed our ride and picnic on the grounds of the gardens of the Palace.

Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/02/2018

Tour of the magnificent Palace of Versailles.

Booking via GetYourGuide was quick, easy and the cost of the tickets was competitive with what was being advertised locally. The tour itself was great. We were able to take our time and got to see everything we wanted to see. The Palace and gardens will blow your mind. An amazing experience.

Palace of Versailles and Gardens Full Access Ticket Reviewed by Stephen, 11/02/2018

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