The Palace of Versailles, or Château de Versailles as it is more commonly known, is situated 20km west of Paris in the suburb of Versailles. This Paris attraction is best known for housing the site of the Royal Palace and gardens originally built by King Louis XIII and started off as a royal hunting lodge. One of the wealthiest regions of Paris, Versailles is famous not only as a building, but as a historic Paris landmark that symbolises the system of absolute monarchy of the ‘Ancien Régime‘.
Following on from Louis XIII, Louis XIV built up the Palace and Gardens in the location it can be seen today. Louis XIV had a strong interest in Versailles and settled in the Royal Hunting lodge that Louis XIII had built. Following on from this, he continued to expand the lodge. The architect Louis Le Vau was hired and the building was continually expanded into the Palace of Versailles that can be seen today.
A mass collection of artefacts, paintings and antiques were stored in the Palace of Versailles over the years. During the French Revolution, these artefacts were transferred to the Musee du Louvre. It is claimed by many historians that most of the furniture was infact sold at auction. Following the French Revolution, Louis-Phillipe transformed the Château into a grand museum, dedicated to the glory of France. This included the infamous Hall of Mirrors, the Chapel and the Opera – which can still be viewed today.
This historic Palace has a great history, standing through time to witness events such as the infamous signing of the Peace Treaty between Germany and the Allies that officially ended the First World War which took place within the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. A great history, legacy and symbol of French past makes this Paris attraction very popular among tourists and locals alike, so advanced booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
Getting to the Palace of Versailles is relatively simple. The Bus runs regularly and Route 171 travels between Pont de Sèvres (at the end of Métroline 9) to Versailles. The bus journey from the station to the château takes approximately 30 min. Alternatively, there are several train stations in Versailles, the Versailles Rive Gauche station is the one closest to the Palace (5 minute walk), though the other two stations are not all that much further away (about 15 minute walk).
Palace of Versailles Hotels
Situated on the magnificent Avenue de Paris, the Pullman Versailles Chateau is one of the closest hotels to the Palace of Versailles that you will find. The hotel offers excellent facilities, including a fitness centre and sauna as well as some of the finest amenities in Versailles. This 4 star hotel is also close to public transport links making it ideal if you want to see the rest of Paris as well as Versailles. Highly recommended.
Situated less than a mile away from the Palace of Versailles, this 4 star hotel recently underwent a complete renovation making it now one of the finest hotels in the Versailles district. Lush gardens surround this hotel and inside the decor has been completed to a very high standard. Customer reviews reveal guests are very happy with the size of the rooms, comfortable beds and excellent location. An excellent hotel in a good location for Palace of Versailles sightseers.
Tours, Guides and Passes
The recommended way to experience the Palace of Versailles is via a guided tour. These tours, undertaken by knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming tour guides, ensure that you get to see everything that the attraction has to offer – and learn about all the history at the same time. Additionally, the guided tour packages will save you a lot of time, money and hassle when it comes to arranging your own transport to and from the attraction.
There are many different tour packages available, and which one to use depends on what you want from the experience. If it is just a simple direct guided tour of the Versailles that you require then the Guided Tour of Versailles is highly recommended. This affordable package includes transport from your hotel to Versailles and back again as well as a detailed and knowledgeable guided tour. Click below to find out more.]
If you want to look around the Château and see all the famous attractions such as the Hall of Mirrors then we would recommend this guided tour. The Guided Tour of Versailles offers to pick you up from your hotel in Paris and drive you to the Palace of Versailles with a knowledgeable guided tour. This tour will take you to all the famous parts of the Palace including the Queen’s bedroom, the great Apartments, the Gallery of Battles and of course the Hall of Mirrors. Once you are finished the guided tour will drive you back to your Paris hotel safe in the knowledge that you have experienced the Palace of Versailles to the full! We recommend this option as it saves the time and hassle involved in organising transport to and from Versailles, avoids the queues inside the Palace and gives you a well rounded tour from a knowledgeable guide.
However, we highly recommend buying a package tour that “kills 2 birds with 1 stone” such as the Versailles and Louvre Guided Tour. As before, this tour will save you both time and money when organizing your trips to these famous Paris attractions, however, this tour will include transport and a guided tour to BOTH attractions. Click below to find out more.
After being picked up from your hotel in Paris, you will be escorted to the Palace of Versailles and given a guided tour of this famous chateau, including the main points of interest such as the famous Hall of Mirrors. The guided tour is knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and can answer any questions you may have. After this, you will be escorted to have lunch in the glorious Opera District before having a full guided tour of the Louvre Museum in the afternoon. This tour is highly recommended if you are planning to see both attractions during your time in Paris, it will save you money and time organizing transport to both attractions, especially if you book tours separately.
Because of the popularity that the Palace of Versailles has, we always recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. If you are wishing to just look around Versailles Palace, in particular the Gardens, then taking the Train, Bus or Driving could be the best option. To save yourself some money, time and effort, we recommend purchasing a ticket that allows you to see all the attractions in Paris for free beforehand, such as the Paris Pass.
Passes such as this will allow you free access to over 60 of the finest attractions in Paris including the Palais Garnier, Musée du Louvre, Sainte-Chapelle and Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris. The pass also comes with a free travel card that allows unlimited access to metro and buses and free entry to an additional 7 must-see attractions including a river cruise and wine tasting. It comes highly recommended if you are looking to see a lot of the sights while in Paris. Click below to find out more.
The Paris Pass is a great little money saver when visiting attractions in Paris. This pass will give you free entrance to over 60 of the best attractions in Paris including Notre Dame, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle. On top of that you will receive:
- Free Travelcard for public transport including Metro, buses and RER trains to help you move around the city with ease
- Free entry to an additional 7 must-see attractions including a river cruise and wine tasting
- A 2 day hop-on-hop-off bus tour ticket with informative and interesting commentary – it’s the best way to explore the city
- Free 120+ page guidebook packed with useful information about the attractions, plus tips and hints about the city to help you plan the perfect trip
- Complimentary skipping of the lines at certain attractions.
This pass is highly recommended if you are thinking of seeing a lot of sights in Paris and will save you money, time and hassle when visiting Paris.