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  • Address: Place d'Armes, Versailles 78000, France
  • Hours: Palace open daily except Mondays. 9am - 6:30pm in Summer, 9am - 5:30pm in Winter. Gardens and park open every day. Closed Jan 1, Apr 5, May 1, May 24, Nov 1, and Dec 25.
  • Admission: €18 for all-access pass (includes audio tour)

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Palace of Versailles

The Chateau de Versailles was the creation of Louis XIV. He took his father's hunting lodge, transformed it into a work of wonder and excess and moved the whole court and government of France from Paris to Versailles in 1682. The next two French kings added their own special touches but eventually it all became too much for the starving French people and in 1789 they revolted. After the French Revolution, Versailles was no longer the seat of power and after 1830 it became the Museum of the History of France.

Inside, the huge palace's 700 rooms are replete with gilded cornices, frescoed ceilings and carved details. Outside, it is surrounded by famously formal gardens with geometrically designed walkways, fountains, canals and terraces.

Any visit to Versailles must include seeing the Hall of Mirrors, the King's Grand Chambers, the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette's famous estate where she went to play at being a simple country girl.

There is a lot to see, 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.

Practical Info

The palace is located in the small township of Versailles 21 kilometers (13 miles) outside of Paris, and it is easy to reach by train. Catch RER C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station, only a 10-minute walk away from the palace. You can also catch the SNCF train from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station.

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Palace of Versailles Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide, Versailles, null
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Palace of Versailles Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 75 Reviews

Enjoy priority entrance to the UNESCO-listed Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles with an independent priority access tour. Choose from four ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $10.85
Viator Exclusive: Versailles Palace and Marie-Antoinette's Petit Trianon from Paris, Paris, ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Versailles Palace and Marie-Antoinette's Petit Trianon from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 219 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Versailles on this 5-hour trip to the UNESCO-listed site, from Paris. You’ll tour Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet and Le Petit Trianon. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.79
Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters, ... 
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Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 441 Reviews

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

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $265.86
Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Walking Tour, Paris, Viator VIP Tours
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Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 525 Reviews

Experience the grandeur of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small-group tour from either Paris or Versailles (the choice is yours)! Enjoy skip-the-line ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Before April 1st, 2017 : 4 hrs; from April 1st, 2017 : 3.5 hrs
(Including Transfer from Paris)

From USD $74.87
Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris including Skip-the-Line and Lunch, Paris, Half-day Tours
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Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris including Skip-the-Line and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 437 Reviews

See the highlights of Versailles in one day on this comprehensive trip from Paris. After traveling to the town by luxury minibus, skip past the entrance lines ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $214.85
Versailles and Giverny Day Trip, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1341 Reviews

See more than Paris and take a day trip to Monet's garden at Giverny and Louis XIV's palace of Versailles. The full-day tour combines the two most popular ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $205.09
Versailles Guided Tour with Optional Fountain Show, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles Guided Tour with Optional Fountain Show

4 star rating: Recommended 843 Reviews

Step back in time to Queen Marie Antoinette’s reign and marvel at the opulent luxury of the Royal Courts on this 4-hour Palace of Versailles guided tour with ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.72
Palace of Versailles with Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour, Paris, Day Trips
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Palace of Versailles with Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

You will be transported back to the Golden Age of France with a trip to the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage site and emblem of French royalty and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.26
Versailles Helicopter Tour from Paris, Paris, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Versailles Helicopter Tour from Paris

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 22 Reviews

Take to the skies above Paris on a helicopter tour to Versailles! Soar over the Seine River, Bois de Boulogne and incredible Versailles Palace before landing ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flight: 25min - Total: 1h30

From USD $215.94
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour, Paris, Helicopter Tours
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour

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Take a tour of Versailles with a difference - by bicycle! It's the only way to see Versailles' expansive gardens plus you'll get to see highlights of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Approximately 8.5 hours

From USD $107.43

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