The Palace of Versailles was originally the hunting lodge of France’s King Louis XIII, but was transformed into a magnificent residence by his son and successor, Louis XIV.
The ostentatious monarch built the Grand Apartment of the King and Queen which included the magnificent Hall of Mirrors before moving both his court and the government of France to Versailles in 1682. And so it remained until the French Revolution in 1789.
In the 19th Century King Louis-Philippe turned it into the Museum of the History of France. The gardens of the Palace of Versailles, designed by André Le Nôtre at the instruction of Louis XIV, are equally spectacular and took forty years to complete.
There are numerous places to visit at the Palace of Versailles and a range of tour options. Audio headsets are available as are guided tours. When visiting the Palace of Versailles, you can also see Marie Antoinette’s estate and The Grande Trianon.
Palace of Versailles from Paris: RER Line C (yellow line) westbound to Versailles (Rive Gauche). Not all westbound trains run to Versailles so ensure you get the correct train/change where necessary. Or by SNCF from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station (0.5hrs). There are car parks at Place d’Armes, Allée de Bailly, Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon.
The Palace of Versailles is open daily except Mondays, 9am-6.30pm (to 5:30 Nov-March). Last entry half hour before closing. Closed on 25 December, 1 January and 1 May. Entry to all sites costs €20 (Apr-Oct) or €16 (Nov-Mar). Other ticket types available.
Palace of Versailles, pl d'Armes, 78000 Versaille,France
+33 1 30 83 78 00
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