Versailles (Château de Versailles)
Visiting the opulent Palace of Versailles is on most people’s to do lists, famous through history for its decor, design and over-the-top glamour.
The grandest and most famous chateau in France was built during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and hosted the royal court from 1682 to 1789.
Inside, the huge palace’s 700 rooms are replete with gilded cornices, frescoed ceilings, carved details and mirrored halls. Outside, the palace is surrounded by famously formal gardens with geometrically designed walkways, fountains, canals and terraces.
There’s a lot to see at Versailles, so plan your visit based on the chateau’s four sections: the multiple-winged palace building, the vast gardens and two smaller palaces, the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon.
The highlights of the palace itself are the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments and King and Queen Apartments.
The Chateau de Versailles is 21 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of Paris.
Trains run from Paris’ Left Bank RER stations, dropping you 10 minutes’ walk from the palace at the Versailles Rive Gauche station.
Tours & Tickets
See the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) as French kings once did – with this small-group tour that includes a once-in-a-lifetime private ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
Spend your day at the enchanting Gardens of Versailles and enjoy the must-see Versailles fountain shows. Noted in the UNESCO World Heritage list, these ... Read more
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) and see a spectacular night fountain show on this half-day tour. Your ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Spend a day in the Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) and discover its 13 groves while you listen to the accompanying sounds of classical music. This ... Read more
Duration: 1 day (approx.)