Versailles (Par et chateau de Versailles) isn't just a palace, but an entire city built specifically to take care of the royal palace. Louis XIV wanted to make something so luxurious that no one could equal it in wealth and beauty.
What to visit in halls of Versailles
The palace complex is made up of a few different zones. The main royal residence is more luxurious and pompous. The architects Louis Le Vau and Charles Le Brun were invited to design it. The magnificent building is full of the dreams and whims of the famous Sun King.
The galleries in the palace became real gems that contained almost 400 mirrors. They take up the whole facade from the park's side. The inner plan was made so the columns were in the center, and wonderful paintings and huge windows were beautifully reflected in the mirrors, creating an unusual ethereal and light space. The palace has a few other interesting places like the War Salon or the chapel that are just as luxurious.
The Grand and Petit Trianons are a little different in style. If the royal palace is more Classical, then the king's spouses' apartments are more elegant and in good taste. They were built for relaxing and entertainment, meetings with mistresses, hunting and other whims of the royal family. The Petit Trianon can be called a woman's kingdom, and was designed in the Rococo style.
The small palace was used for privacy and rest by the marquise de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette They aren't as luxurious but they're cozy and warm.
The palace complex surrounds gardens and a park that were made by the landscape architect Andre le Notre. The area has a Temple of Love, the Queen's Theater, a belvedere, a chapel, a grotto and much more. And there's also the hundreds of fountains, sculptures, flowerbeds and paths, of course.
The unmatched Versailles has many interesting tours with local guides. You can see them on this site.
The palace complex, park and other buildings in the town are open at different times depending on the season. The busy season is from April 1 to October 31. This is when the palace is open from 9:00 to 6:30, the park from 7:00 to 8:30, and the Trianons from 12:00 to 6:30.
The slow season is from November 1 to March 31. During this time the palaces open at the same time but close an hour earlier, at 5:30. The park is open from 8:00 to 6:00.
How can I buy Versailles tickets?
An adult ticket for the palace and garden costs 18 Euros. The other buildings in the complex have their own costs as well. You can buy tickets at the palace, but the lines are long in the summer.
If you don't want to wait, we recommend buying a ticket in advance. You can buy them at home and pick it up at the priority entrance when you arrive.
There are a few ticket options available.
Versailles tickets without lines
This ticket includes:
- priority entrance to Versailles;
- an audio guide for an independent tour;
- access to the gardens;
- a day fountain show on Saturdays and Sundays from April to October;
- musical fountains in the gardens on Tuesdays and Fridays from April to October.
You can pick the date here.
Getting to Versailles on a train
This is a ticket with an included train ride both ways, priority entrance to the palace and a professional guide.
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Getting to Versailles on a bus
This ticket includes two-way transfer on a comfortable bus, no lines and an audio guide.
A royal evening in Versailles
This is an evening tour of the palace. Be taken back to the time of Louis XIV, listen to music, walk around with a tour guide and watch an evening show by the fountains. You will be picked up in Paris and taken back. It's a very nice offer, since the Versailles fountain show is famous all over the world and is definitely worth seeing. Usually the RER train to Paris is packed full after the evening show, but you'll be taken back in a comfortable bus.
You can book that option here.
How to get to Versailles from Paris
You can get there in a few ways. If you don't have a car, then you can take the RER C train to Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche station.
There's a 171 Bus that leaves from Pont de Sevres on line 9 to the Place d'Armes Versailles in Versailles. A train ticket costs 2 Euros and leaves about every 15 minutes from 5:30 (6:30 on Sundays) to 1:00 am. You can get to Versailles station from the Saint Lazare and Gare Montparnasse stations.
If you don't want to use public transport, you can get to Versailles in a taxi. You can order one from home here.
You can take your own or a rental car to Versailles on the A13 highway. There are paid parking lots near the Grand and Petit Trianons, the Place d'Armes and allee de Bailly.
Enjoy your trip to Versailles!