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Palace of Versailles
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Versailles Guided Tour and Priority Access with Hotel Pickup from Paris
Ranked #1 of 82 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: Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 5 July 2010

My family of 3 planned this day on our holiday to France. We where very eager to visit this World Heritage site but it proved to be a let down. I must admit that the external of this Palace is magnificant. That's all. although the gardens are an attraction they where a total let down due to main factors. The inside of the Palace is lacking any furniture which would give it a life, the tour you pay for only let's you in to a VERY small part of the Palace which doesn't include the Throne room. Apart from all this we where told to get the tickets for the fountain show which they call "The dancing waters". Where are they. What actually happens is that at 3.30 pm the fountains are switched on and music is played in the gardens, But, and i repeat BUT, no dancing waters. To add insult to injury, my 6 yaer old daughter was made to pay 6 Euros to watch this FARCE where she was admitted free to the Palace. This is TOTAL FRENCH ORGANISED DISORGANIOSATION. No wonder they let the Nazi's in to Paris without putting on a fight. My suggestion is to visit the Palace but forget paying extra to watch the NON-EXISTANT water show.

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Reviewed 4 July 2010

I'm in the "skip the chateau, check out the gardens" camp. The Chateau is crowded, so you're basically herded through. If you skip the chateau you 1) don't wait in a looooong line to pay the outrageous admission fee, 2) don't wait in another loooong line to check you bags, and 3) don't get trampled by the masses.

Instead, bring a bottle of wine, baguettes, cheese, fruit, etc., and head toward the FREE gardens, take it in, and have a wonderful picnic on one of the many benches. If you still want to see the glitter take in the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette's estate for 10 euros (the hamlet is free) if you like. You'll miss the hall of mirrors and pipe organ from the palace, but you'll find it more relaxing, with fewer lines and less crowding.

5  Thank UnoMasPorFavor
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Reviewed 1 July 2010

We visited Versailles early June 2010 and had a great time. The keys here are -- ARRIVE EARLY with your PARIS MUSEUM PASS. We arrived about 30 minutes before opening and were among the first 25 or so to enter. There was no hassle whatsoever, and we leisurely walked through the palace first. The crowds were picking up as we left the palace, but we spent the rest of our day hiking around the garden areas, which are the real attraction here. Walking out to the other buildings gave us ample occasion to explore the marvelous fountains, ponds, forests, lanes, shops, and statuary throughout the grounds. We brought our own lunch and snacks, so we didn’t have a problem with food prices. We had a great time. Again, the keys: arrive early with your museum pass.

6  Thank California86
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Reviewed 1 July 2010

If you love walking and the outdoors, you'll really like Chateau Versailles. We purchased our tickets via the internet, but we still had to wait in what seemed like a long line (but it actually only took 10 minutes in total). There were a ton of tourists, and Versailles is huge. Be prepared to walk a lot, and wear lots of sunscreen. We went on a very hot June day, so it wasn't that pleasant.

Just a tip: There were two sets bathrooms at the entrance, and I got into the shorter line. The wait was about 35 minutes, and my poor husband was wondering what happened to me. There were only 5 toilets for women in the set that I went to. However, there was a set of bathrooms at the Grand Trianon with no line. There was also a set of bathrooms at the Petite Trianon, but it had a line. My advice: go to the Grand Trianon if you need to use the toilets.

3  Thank NYCProfessor
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Reviewed 16 June 2010

Just how much gold glitter can you handle? This ancient chateau is not worth the effort. OK, I can undersand the history of the long reign of Louis the XIV (the sun king) but gold gilted rooms with every inch covered with old silk embroidered tapestry and portraits and busts of him all became too much too quickly.

Skip the chateau and explore the lovely little town and business district next to the train station. I explored the used book shop and found great deals and the little cafes and clothing boutiques were fantastique!

3  Thank choosereasonHawaii
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