Versailles Travel Guide
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- 94%Art & Design Lovers
- 59%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- VersaillesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jan 22, 2014
As a teenager I did not love Versailles. I found the paintings on the walls to be overdone and there wasn't enough furniture. I did not then understand that Versailles' purpose was greater. This was Louis XIV's gilded prison for his fractious nobility. This represented all of the accumulated power of the French state. It's no coincidence that the Germans proclaimed their empire at Versailles and signed its doom 47 years later. For myself, I remember the equestrian statue of the Sun King, the fountain of the maiden and the frogs and the Hall of Mirrors. I wish I had known more when I was there.Recommended for:
- VersaillesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 12, 2013
Small town that is the location of the great french royal palace built by Louis the XIV. The main draw of course is the palace and with good reason. The palace and the gardens will easily take you all day to visit and exploreRecommended for:
- VersaillesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 21, 2013
Versailles is a massive chateau and is no more than a thirty minute train ride outside of Paris. This is definitely on the bucket list, especially if you're seeking a day trip outside the city. The palace itself is grand and opulent and recalls the French aristocracy living at their finest.Recommended for:
- VersaillesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Sep 08, 2013
it takes a whole day to do this castle and gardens. a beautiful castle and history, take a tour and take the time..it can be very crowded and hot. i like it in springtime for the best.Recommended for:
- VersaillesApr 11, 2013
You know - There is a reason why Rick Steves puts in his travel book that if you have only ONE day in Paris, you must go to Versailles.
I went in February of 2009. It was cold, it had just snowed the weekend before my friends and I went to Paris. My only request while we were in Paris was to go to Versailles. I love architecture and history.
Since this was clearly the off season, we didn't have to worry too much about lines but what we did have to worry about was the hours of which it was open.
We took a train super early in the morning from Paris out to Versailles. It was about 45 mins to an hour to get out to Versailles. Luckily from Paris, you can catch one of the RER trains so it's fairly easy to get there. You can do all your research online before hand.
You really do need a WHOLE day to visit Versailles, Petit Trianon and the surrounding gardens. And we were there when it wasn't *that* busy.
I'm sure we got upsold, but I don't we cared really - but we paid extra for a tour guide (which took us to some parts of the palace that was not part of the audio tour) and paid for entrance to Petit Trianon. It was worth the money, even though it was a little expensive. Totally worth it.
There is so much history with the palace and having the tour guide - who spoke english! - we were able to ask questions, unlike with an audio tour.
Everything was so grand and beautiful. Luckily, even with the French revolution, the gardens were left in tact unlike most of the palace. Outside of the actual buildings, most of the furnishings inside were destroyed or sold off. They were trying hard to buy pieces back as they could, even if that meant spending exorbitant amounts of money.
You will be walking A LOT. Wear comfortable shoes. Even though most things were closed about 5-6ish we were so pooped I'm pretty sure we slept most of the train ride home and then didn't do much other than go out to dinner.
Even if I'm back in Paris, if I have the time, I will definitely have to go back and enjoy the beauty and history.
- VersaillesMar 18, 2013
Il castello è stato uno dei grandi errori fatti nei miei mesi a Parigi. Purtroppo avevo valutato malissimo i tempi e sono arrivata a Versailles quando organizzavano per chiudere. Sono riuscita a fare un rapido giro delle stanze ma varrebbe veramente la pena tornarci e passare una giornata nei suoi giardini e nelle ale. Il mio consiglio è quindi quello di controllare attentamente i mezzi e gli orari per non sprecare tempo!
- VersaillesMar 12, 2013
I was here in Early March, so the gardens were not in full bloom, still, It was a wonderful experience, The Main Palace, Le Grand Trianon, Le Petit Trianon, are all awesome. Wonderful day trip from Paris, I took the train there then a bus and the Metro back.
- VersaillesAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Nov 21, 2012
The real reason to visit Versailles is for the chateau that also bears the name. Other than that it's slightly overpriced due to tourism, but once you break away from the chateau area, it improves.
- VersaillesMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesHistory BuffsOct 01, 2012
The Château de Versailles is a beautiful palace and a mind-blowingly massive garden. And although the palace itself is lavish beyond words for its time, it's the meticulously groomed garden and grounds that I found to be most enjoyable. I'd especially recommend the charming little Austrian village replica that Marie Antoinette built.
- VersaillesAug 06, 2012
Beautiful, grand palace. It is home to ornately decorated display rooms, each with a beautiful chandelier. There is also an Opera house within the palace. The gardens behind are just as breathtaking as the interior. My favorite part was Marie Antoinette's home, a short walk in the gardens.
- VersaillesJul 05, 2012
Love the gardens of Versailles. Put your sunnies on and walk around the lovely grounds. Take a boat ride along the river or just sit and watch the beautiful scenery. The inside of the palace itself is amazing. With the different rooms and a detailed explanation of them it makes it easy to get around. Get a map from the ticket boot and you should be fine to get around.
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