- An unmissable UNESCO World Heritage site that's fascinated people from around the world for centuries
- Enjoy the fountains and groves with their water features spouting to the rhythm of music, figuratively and metaphorically lighting the palace and its gardens
- Check out Marie Antoinette’s separate 'little' hamlet, catch your reflection in the stunning Hall of Mirrors and enjoy the Musical Fountains Show or Musical Gardens
The word grandeur could have been coined for Versailles itself - with this ticket you’ll be able to enjoy the entire package, not only the palace but also Marie Antoinette's separate estate and the Musical Fountains Show or the Musical Gardens. Find the secret passage she used during the French Revolution to reach the king's chamber.
In its heyday as the French royal court, Versailles accommodated 10,000 people; it's always been synonymous with extreme extravagance. This opulence is exemplified by the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors). It’s a 75 m-long ballroom, adorned with busts and statues (and - of course - mirrors, 357 of them). Not only a beautiful building, it’s also where the Treaty of Versailles was signed to put an end to WWI, and one of France’s most visited sites.
Marie Antoinette famously said “let them eat cake” and her elitist tastes can be seen by the fact that Versailles wasn’t quite big enough for her. She was given her own little 'hamlet' on the edge of the estate (which is comprised of three 'smaller' palaces).
And for the pièce de résistance you can bask in a royal glow with either the Musical Fountains Show or the Musical Garden (it depends on the day you visit). The former allows you to amble by the fountains and groves as the water features keep time with classical music. The latter gives you a courtly promenade through the gardens as classical music sets the mood. Either way, it's a good idea to pack your most elaborate powdered wig.
Currently undergoing a €400 million restoration program, slated for completion in 2020, some of Versailles may be clad in scaffolding when you visit. But don't let that put you off: with 700 rooms, 67 staircases, tons of priceless art, and the lovingly maintained gardens, you'll have plenty of awe-inspiring sights.
- All areas of the Versailles museum and estate (Palace of Versailles, Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, the gardens)
- All temporary exhibitions
- Night Show
Show your smartphone ticket at entrance 'A'.
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
- 1 April - 31 October: 7:00 - 20:30
- 1 November - 31 March: 8:00 - 18:00
- Closes at 17:30 on Saturdays with Fountains Night Shows, also on 16, 23 and 30 June, 7, 14, 21 and 28 July, 4, 11, 18 and 25 August, 1, 8 and 15 September and 28 October 2018
- RER: Line C to Versailles-Château-Rive Gauche
- SNCF trains from Montparnasse Station: to Versailles-Chantiers
- SNCF trains from Saint-Lazare Station: to Versailles-Rive Droite
- Parking: There are several paid car parks inside and outside the Estate. Access is free of charge for disabled visitors' vehicles, upon presentation of supporting documents
Make sure you go to the Trianons and Queens Hamlet. Long walk from Palace so we rented a tandem bike. Can also rent segways and golf carts. Had a great lunch at a cute place right on the grand canal.