Upon walking thru the golden gates, the abundance of opulence is breathtaking. From the fountains, the gardens, the 2 OTHER chateaus, the farm --YES, A FARM-- there's so much to see and do. If you have a free day while visiting Paris, I highly suggest spending the day seeing how French royalty lived.
How To Get To Versailles
Just under an hour outside of Paris, getting to Versailles is a breeze. The easiest way to get to Versailles is by train, the RER C, to be exact. If you already purchased a Paris Viste Pass with zones 1-5 included, you're all set to go! If not, at the Metro station you're departed from, make sure to purchase a round trip ticket, which costs €7.00. Take the RER C line towards Versailles-Rive Gauche. Once, you get to the stop, it's a short walk to Versailles. Just follow the crowd!
I highly advise either purchasing your ticket online before visiting or purchasing a Paris Pass. Unfortunately, I can't say how the advanced ticket purchase lines to get in the Palace work. When I went in March, there was only one line everyone ( Passes and online purchases) had to wait in. However, I did notice a line at the ticket office...so again I highly advise buying ahead of time.
Key Highlights of Versailles
The Palace opens at 9:00a Tuesday- Sunday and closes at 5:30p during low season, 6:30p during high season. Versailles is a entire day adventure, so I recommend getting there around 8:30a, so you have the most time possible.
After roaming around the Palace for hours, the hunger call is strong. There are 3 places to eat in the Palace: Angelina, Grand Café d'Orléans, and ORE restaurant. When I visited, I ate at the ORE restaurant. The meal was delicious but I wish I would have packed a pinic and ate in the gardens instead. Once you're in the gardens you see how much more you have to cover LOL.
Again, I visited during low season, so the Palace closes at 5:30p, so time was some of an issue. TIME SAVER TIP: The walk to the Queen's Hamlet is roughly a 30-40 minute walk ( time I didn't want to waste ) but in the Gardens there's place where you rent a cart to drive around the grounds. I HIGHLY recommend this!!! It saved me so much time and were still able to see all gardens, fountains, and Trianons!!
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