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When it comes to grandeur, few, if any, palaces are on par with the magnificent Château de Versailles, the stomping ground of France’s elite from the 1682 until the royal court’s fall in 1789. Just 22 kilometres from Paris in the leafy bourgeois village of Versailles, this royal palace brings thousands of tourists to its doorstep each week, its extravagant residence and gardens a breathtaking site. A flawless combination of art, architecture, interior design and landscaping, Château de Versailles is luxe living epitomised. With seven hundred rooms housing 67 staircases, 352 chimneys, 6300 paintings, 2100 sculptures and 5000 decorative art furnishings, the sheer scale of Château de Versailles is awe-inspiring. No amount of research or study will prepare for the sensory overload that accompanies a trip to these extraordinary royal headquarters.

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  • Our tips for Versailles

    Our tips for Versailles
    • Think ahead. Pre-book your ticket, this sought-after destination is known for lengthy ques. Booking in advance grants access to the ‘ticket holders’ line, which is much faster than the hour-long queue for those buying onsite.
    • Versailles by night. If you have the time to spare, consider an overnight stay in Versailles. Held mainly in summer, the Chateau’s decadent opera and alfresco events offer an evening of old-world glamour.
    • If the shoe fits. A visit to Versailles means lots of walking so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit Château de Versailles remains open for the majority of the year, closing its doors each Monday for maintenance and on the 1st of January, 1st of May and the 25th of December only. High season in the summer months sees hordes of tourists enter the palace gates. If you’re planning a visit during high-season, be sure to arrive early - admission begins from 9am – to beat the crowds. The low season of winter is more relaxed, however wet and windy weather can put a dampener on the day.
    Getting There Just 22 kilometres from Paris, Versailles is well connected to the city’s transport systems. A mere 45 minute journey on the RER train from Paris will set you back only a few Euros, while bus links from Paris to Versailles are also cheap.
    Money Saving Tips Strapped for cash? Don’t worry, if you choose wisely and book in advance, a visit to the palace shouldn’t cost a fortune. For a truly unforgettable experience, we recommend booking one of our isango! Versailles tickets which offer combination deals and all-access tours for budget-friendly prices.
    Did you know? Impress your fellow travellers with these fun facts about Château de Versailles…
    • The daily routine of Louis XIV was planned in detail, with ceremonies held for even the most mundane of tasks. Every day, the French elite ceremoniously watched Louis XIV eat meals, dress, and sleep at Versailles.
    • The Palace of Versailles was the birthplace of some of France’s most significant historical events including the signing of WW1 peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles, in the Hall of Mirrors.
    • The Château de Versailles teau was home to famous French icon, Marie Antoinette before an outraged mob forcedly removed her and husband Louis XVI from the palace grounds during the French Revolution.