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Chateau de Versailles
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Palace of Versailles Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide
Ranked #1 of 79 things to do in Versailles
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Palace, trianon palaces and the estate of marie-antoinette : open daily except mondays and certain public holidays. Gardens and park : open daily.Commented tours, independant visits, musical fontains shows, shows, bowboats, little train, bicycles, bookshop, shops, restaurants...
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Ontario
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“over-rated”
Reviewed 27 May 2008

After waiting an hour in the rain in the "with tickets" line, we were very disappointed with the palace. It was crammed with people. Most of the rooms were empty save for artwork. The windows in the hall of mirrors were very dingy. The gardens were flowerless and the fountains do not run except on special evenings for with an additional charge. Some of the artwork was amazing etc., but the palace was not nearly as grand as I had expected. If you are looking for a real slice of history, go to Windsor castle.

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“Inept administration”
Reviewed 3 May 2008

We took the advice of your members, booked our tickets in advance and arrived fairly early. Nevertheless there was still a long queue for people with tickets to get in which was getting longer by the minute. We joined the queue and waited patiently in the sun.

After half an hour the queue behind us was getting so long that the only two members of staff visible decided to turn it into a "U" shape. The two ends of the "U" merged and we found ourselves at the back of a much thicker queue.

After an hour the staff decided to open a second queue to the same small door. This meant that people just arriving went straight to the front of the second queue. Many people in the first queue including us joined this queue, otherwise we might still be queuing. There were no crowd control measures and no staff trying to keep order. All the time tour groups went past to their own entrance where they got privileged access.

After two hours we got to the point where the two queues merged. Here there was a serious crush of people and a lot of shoving. People by this time were understandably getting irate and parents with small children were having particular difficulties. Finally we got through the door where the source of the bottleneck became clear; there was one man checking the tickets and one X ray machine out of two in operation!

The palace itself has a beautiful interior and would be worth a visit if it were not completely overrun by people. There is one toilet in the palace; this had a long queue the whole time we were there. There is a self service cafe; this had no queue and friendly staff but the food was inedible.

When we left at 3.00 there were still huge queues both for tickets and to enter.

Given the revenue the Palace earns from visitors the level of incompetence in administration is astonishing. I sympathise with the pressures they face but other major visitor attractions deal with similar problems much more effectively.

I would avoid Versailles, particularly if you have small children or are infirm. If you must go arrive really early and take something to read and drink. Also take sun hats and lots of patience.

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“Too many tourists”
Reviewed 12 April 2008

I went on eastern week, very cold climate, 1 hour to buy the tickets, 1 hour to go to ladies room, 30 min to enter the palace and 30 min to buy a coke and a pizza.
The gardens are pretty nice though it was very cold and windy and some parts like the "petit trianon" were closed, everything very expensive and many many many tourists...
But I think I just went in a bad day, but going there in a day not so full of tourists and with better weather is AWESOME... the only thing are the bathrooms... only 4 bathrooms outside the palace and 4 bathrooms inside the palace for a place that receives hundreds of people every day

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“My favorite tourist attraction”
Reviewed 14 February 2008

Don’t let the drive to the outskirts of Paris deter from visiting the Chateau of Versailles. For a tourist in Paris, a tour of the Chateau of Versailles should be just as important as visiting the Louvre, the arc de triumph, or the tour de Eiffel, if not more. All the photos of the magnificent palace in the world simply do not compare to the experiencing where the last king and queen of France lived.
Meticulous detail can be found in every inch of the Chateau from Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette’s bedroom to the sprawling gardens. The lavish rooms of Versailles are decorated in rich velvets and gigantic gold guild mirrors. The tour through the inside of the palace, goes through about fifteen rooms including the famous hall of mirrors, and still beyond the tour lies countless rooms and apartments for the royal family and the kings nobles. On my visit to Versailles in the spring of 2007, restorations on the palace were underway. These include careful cleaning, shining, and repairing the palace to its original luster. Already, the chateau looks as extravagant as it did in the 1700’s.
I found the cost of the tour and the trip to Versailles is well worth it. It was by far my favorite tourist attraction on my visit to France. So much of France’s history remains in the walls of the Palace of Versailles, it would be a shame to miss it.

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“Highlight of my trip”
Reviewed 16 October 2007

I can’t say enough good things about this place. Although in my opinion it is not as glamorous as some of the British castles, it has its own style and should not be missed. What makes this place wonderful is the other areas that you can visit. The grandiose gardens and quaint re-creation of old buildings was very impressive. I think it would be a fantastic spot to bring a significant other for a romantic getaway.

I suggest that you buy the all inclusive pass (all areas + 2 day train ticket + audio guide) at any of the train stations for 25 euros or so. You should not waste a museum pass day, because Versailles takes all day (bad value), and the pass only covers the main palace and not the other locations nor the audio guides. The tram is well worth it for those who don’t want to walk through the garden (though beautiful, it takes forever).

Since most of it is outdoors, I would strongly suggest going on a sunny day.

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