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Palace of Versailles
Paris Pass Benefits:
Free Entry with the Paris Pass
Normal Entry Price: Adult: €18.00
See the opulence of Palace of Versailles and tour the grand apartments, beautiful gardens and stunning Hall of Mirrors
The Palace of Versailles, is one of the largest and most opulent castles in the world. A fine example of 18th century French architecture and art, it is one of the most visited attractions – and castles – in France, as well as being a UNESCO’s World Heritage site and must-see French landmark.
- 250 acres of landscaped and manicured lawns and fountains
- The Hall of Mirrors contains 357 mirrors in total, reflecting the grand gardens through the arched windows
- Stunning Chapel of Versailles
- The Grand Apartment – originally known as the Apartment of the Planets
- Opera auditorium
- Grand Trianon
- Marie Antoinette’s apartment
Did you know
- The Palace boasts around 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases
- Palace of Versailles was the official seat of power until 1789, from then though it was known as the “cradle of liberty” (Berceau-de-la-Liberté) as it was here that the people of Paris made their stand against King Louis XVI and forced him back to Paris and out of a life of luxury
- During the French Revolution, all the pieces of art within the Palace of Versailles were transferred to the Louvre for safe keeping
- The Palace garden is the largest of its kind in Europe, created back in the 17th century, with a geometric pattern of bushes, flowerbeds and trees
Hall of Mirrors
As one of the most eye-catching features of the Palace Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors measures 73m in length and is comprised of 17 arched windows with each window embellished with 21 individual mirrors… So totally this reflective hallways beams light off 357 mirrors! The Hall of Mirrors isn’t only popular for its effects, it’s also lined with statues and busts as well. Deemed one of Louis XIV’s best contributions to the Palace, historically it was also where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919 to end WWI.
Chapel of Versailles
As one of five chapels at the Palace, you may wonder why this one is so special. Completed in the early 1700s, you can see a ‘tribune’ on the same level as the apartments which looks down onto the nave where the kings used to sit. Much like the building, the architecture of this chapel is to be appreciated for its quality in Gothic and Baroque influences. Nodding towards medieval styles as well as early Renaissance trends, you can admire gargoyles, marble floors and impressive pillars.
The Grand Apartment of King Louis XIV, otherwise known as the Apartment of the Planets, was so called because a painting of a planet decorated each of the seven salons within the apartment. Don’t forget to look up though, one of the most notable things about the room is the ceiling… Go see for yourself!
Take a walk around the impressive gardens (you might be pushed to cover all 250 acres though) and meander through the landscaped geometric paths and manicured lawns. As Europe’s largest palace garden it’s nothing short of breath-taking and spans down into basins with regal fountains for the complete picturesque setting. Make sure you stop off at the Apollo and Latona fountains to admire the marble statues.
Free entry to the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s apartment at Versailles is also included.
Skip the ticket queue at the cash desk and head straight to the main entrance - Entrance A with your Paris Museum Pass. However you will still have to queue for the security checks. Please note that priority access is not guaranteed at peak times. It is advised to arrive in the morning between 09.00 and 10.00. Access may be interrupted due to renovation works.
The Paris Pass gives you access to the Château de Versailles and Chateaux de Trianon et Domaine de Marie-Antoinette when open and an audio guide. Not included are shows or musical water shows. When the musical water shows are taking place, you will be unable to visit the gardens unless you have already purchased a separate ticket. It is advisable to check show times prior to travel if you wish to visit the gardens.
How to get there:
- Note that Versailles is outside zone 3, but a single RER train ticket to Versailles will cost you only €3.25
- To get to the palace of Versailles, make sure to buy a "Paris - Versailles Rive Gauche" ticket (zones 1-4) (T+ ticket is not valid for this journey)
- Arrive at Versailles Chantiers station from Paris Montparnasse
- Arrive at Versailles Rive Droite station from Paris Saint Lazare
Make the most of your Paris Pass:
- With a Paris Pass you can visit the Palace of Versailles free of charge – that’s a saving of €18
- Note: Your entry does not include the musical fountain shows. When the water shows are taking place you will be unable to visit the gardens unless you purchase a separate ticket.
Please note: The Versailles entrance is now called Entrance A rather than Vinci Pavillion as stated in the guidebook
Full List Of Attractions Included
The Paris Pass was great to have on hand during our trip. We only had 5 days, and with 3 children in tow, we wanted to keep things moving as much as possible. We would absolutely recommend utilizing The Paris Pass. In order to get the most out of it, I would encourage you to carefully look through the guidebook so that you can plan out a general guideline to follow for your trip to make sure that you are using all of the opportunities. Enjoy!
Jodie Porteous from Canada
|April - October|
|Tuesday||9.00 – 18.30|
|Wednesday||9.00 – 18.30|
|Thursday||9.00 – 18.30|
|Friday||9.00 – 18.30|
|Saturday||9.00 – 18.30|
|Sunday||9.00 – 18.30|
|Last Admission: 17.50|
|November - March|
|Tuesday||9.00 – 17.30|
|Wednesday||9.00 – 17.30|
|Thursday||9.00 – 17.30|
|Friday||9.00 – 17.30|
|Saturday||9.00 – 17.30|
|Sunday||9.00 – 17.30|
|Last Admission: 16.50|
Closed: Mondays, 1st January, 1st May, 25th December
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Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
+33 1 30 83 78 00