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What to do and see at the Palace and Park of Versailles. Info, timetables, tickets




The palace and park of Versailles is one of those places entered, with full rights, in the collective imagination. One of the symbols of France, and of Paris, of which, cinema and literature, are really full.

Moreover, the Palace and Park of Versailles is one of the most visited places in the country. A truly wonderful place. A unique and suggestive place, which represents a return to the past. Difficult to remain indifferent to its majesty. To its beauty. To the story that emanates from every corner and every room.

Strongly desired by Louis IX, whose figure has remained inextricably linked, the Palace stands on a surface of over 60000 square meters. Its splendid park, sometimes interminable, covers an area of ​​about 800 hectares. If they look like many, think that before the French revolution, they were 8000!

The Palace can be imagined as a kind of large condominium, where aristocrats, senior officials and the royal court used to stay. At the center of the complex, the Chambre du Roi, around which everything revolved. The centre of the world!

Today, to visit the Palace and the Park of Versailles, you have to spend almost an entire day. There is really, very much to see, between the Royal Palace, the Grand et Petit Trianon, the Hameau de la Reine and the two stables. Here, works of extraordinary value are preserved, from the fifteenth century until the twentieth century

Palace of Versailles

PRACTICAL INFO

HOW TO GET

The Palace and Park of Versailles can be easily reached by bus and public transport. With the RER C line, you need to get off at the Versailles Château Rive Gauche stop. From here, in ten minutes of walking, you arrive at the Royal Palace.

To get to Versailles, you have to buy a Billet à l'unité, indicating, as destination, Versailles Château Rive Gauche. The price varies depending on the distance. Generally, you should pay, from the center, between 3,65 and 4,45 € per person, for a one-way trip. For this destination, you can use the PARIS VISITE 1-5 subscription. All information on tickets for Parisian public transport is available at this link.

Alternatively, you can arrive with the SNCF suburban railway line.

WHAT SEE

Impossible to describe the immense amount of works in the Palace and Park of Versailles. Starting from the Busts and the splendid statues that decorate the corridors and hallways of the Palais. La Chapelle St. Louis, the beautiful ovoid-shaped Opera House, the Apartment du Roi, the Grand Apartment, the Salon d'Hercule. And, of course, the splendid paintings in the Salon de la Guerre. The renowned Galleria degli Specchi, the largest and perhaps famous hall of the complex.

Beautiful Jardins with marvelous statues and fountains. The most important sculptors, contributed with their works. Do not miss the Grand Canal, where the boats once sailed, and the Petit Venise village at the end of the canal. We recommend renting a bike to move around in the Park in complete tranquility.



TIMETABLES

Castle
From Tuesday to Sunday, in high season, from 09: 00 to 18: 30; in the off season, from 12: 30 to 17: 30.
Entry allowed within 30 'from closure.
Closed on Mondays and 01 May.

Trianon
From Tuesday to Sunday, in high season, from 12: 00 to 18: 30; in the off season, from 12: 30 to 17: 30.
Entry allowed within 30 'from closure.
In high season, the gardens close at 19: 00.
Closed on Mondays and 01 May.

Galerie des Carrosses
From Tuesday to Sunday, in high season, from 12: 30 to 18: 30; in the off season, from 12: 30 to 17: 30.
Entry allowed within 45 'from closure.
Closed on Mondays and 01 May.

gardens
Open every day, in high season, from 08: 00 to 20: 30. You can access up to 19: 00.
In the off season, open from 08: 00 to 18: 00.

The park
Open every day from 07: 00 to 20: 30 in high season; from 07: 00 to 18: 00 in low season

It is considered HIGH SEASON, the period from 01 April al31 October. LOW SEASON, from November 01 to 31 March.

TICKETS

The Palace and Park of Versailles is part of the circuit PARIS PASS, the card that allows you to travel on all means of transport, and visit the main museums and attractions of Paris.

At the special price of 20 €, however, you can buy from this link, the entrance ticket for the whole complex with AUDIOGUIDA included! The ticket includes 1 day of access to the Royal Palace, Trianon, the property of Marie Antoinette and the Gardens, and Audioguide in 11 languages, including Italian.

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