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Versailles Paris is the best place for several reasons such as gardens and the Palace, French landscape and architecture, Eiffel Tower, musical water displays, expansive and lush gardens, statuary, fountains etc. It is named as a UNESCO World Heritage place. Versailles is the home of queen and king of France.
It also symbolizes the French royal decadence, the tumultuous, and the centuries-long transition from Republic to monarchy. Versailles is located at half an hour distance from central Paris. It can be reached by car as well as train. This garden attracts six million visitors annually. It is one of the best picnic spots that can be enjoyed by people of all groups.
Explore the Palace
After buying your Palace ticket and getting a free of cost audio guide at the entrance, you need to explore the fabulous Palace in Versailles. You must have 2 – 3 hours to effectively explore the various areas of the palace, and a few of its popular chambers.
This palace consists of 2,300 rooms that includes such as the amazing Hall of Mirrors, Royal Bedchamber, Marie-Antoinette’s Bedrooms, the King’s Apartments, the Royal Opera house, and the Battles Gallery.
Gardens, Sculptures and Fountains
If you are coming to Versailles in the spring, summer or fall season, a stroll through the extravagant formal gardens is the best option. There are several elaborate sculptures and fountains that effectively cover the Versailles grounds. These grounds look phenomenal and are worth admiring. The best way is to book an evening show ticket that features illuminations and music around the sculpture garden.
How to visit the Palace of Versailles?
The simplest and the most convenient method to reach to Versailles is to board a commuter train from central Paris to the Chateau de Versailles-Rive Gauche station. For people who have limited mobility, must take a coach or a bus. It would be a better option. The “Versailles Express” is a type of shuttle service that runs between the Eiffel Tower to the Versailles palace from Tuesday to Sunday.
At what time do gardens and palace open?
The gardens as well as Palace are open throughout the year. Between 1st April and 31st October, the Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It remains closed on Mondays. You would have to reach before 5.50 p.m. to get the ticket as the ticket counter closes at 6:00 p.m. The Estate of Trianon is also open on all days between 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The timing of gardens is between 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gardens are open on all days including Mondays.
Tickets and Concessions
It is highly recommended to buy online tickets to avoid waiting in long queues. http://www.tripindicator.com/palace-of-versailles-facts-gardens-fountains-maps-tickets.html provides information related to all those essential things that you can do and see on your first visit to Versailles Paris.
Here you will get the current ticket price list and the ways to obtain them. Students and people suffering from mobility issues will be provided concessions and reduction in the price on the tickets. Entrance to this garden is made to be absolutely free for all visitors below 18 years age and for EU citizens (European Union) below 26 years.
There are several types of facilities that are available to visitors in Versailles. These facilities include gift shops, free wi-fi, left luggage, numerous restaurants and cafes, information desks and baby changing stations.
If you are going to Versailles for the first time, then these tours and the practical information would help you to dig deeper into fascinating history of Versailles.