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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

All are very will maintained despite the volumes moving through.

Toilet facilities were unfortunately not cleaned on a continuous basis. Otherwise a wonderful experience

Palace of Versailles and Gardens Full Access Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/22/2018

Excellent tour, a lot away from the crowds!

Our overall tour guide Abby did a very good job. We had Jean Marc at Versailles who did the away from the crowds stuff like private tour of the kings cathedral, kings bedroom etc. very knowledgeable on all subject matter. Only negative I would say is that the website should mention how far you have to walk as there were 4 of us and one lady had a cane so she couldn’t see a lot of the tour and held up the rest of us.

Really an amazing service! Separate entrance with nearly no waiting.

In particular Patricia was very helpful, even the lift was organized for my wife at the starting point of the tour. Good organization overall.

AUDREY was absolutely courteous and exciting!

Audrey our tour guide was so polite and exciting! We got a good overview of Versailles from Audrey's perspective and our tour had only 5 people total so it was super exclusive. We arrived on a good day with not many people at the palace and had time to explore the palace grounds afterwards. My only feedback is that it would be nice to give guests 2-3 minutes per room to take some photos. Thank you again for a wonderful tour!

Great way to see and learn about Versailles

Ruben was a great guide, and the visit as a whole was just right. When we walked up, there was a fairly long line, and he walked us to another gate where we went right in. That alone saved us a lot of time. Once inside, he told us interesting stories about what we were seeing, and his answers to questions revealed thorough knowledge. His pacing was just right throughout. Highly recommended. Also, walking around inside after the tour was interesting (especially the gallery), and the gardens were really impressive. The scale is hard to quite understand until you start walking around.

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