Versailles Palace (Chateau de Versailles)
- Type: Castles/Palaces, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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The Château de Versailles, the sprawling palace and former seat of power, is a suburb of Paris located a quick 30- to 40-minute train or bus ride away. Centuries after King Louis XIV resided in the resplendent palace and wandered the immaculate grounds, it became the site of the Treaty of Versailles signing, which ended World War I.
Recent travelers recommend getting there early, as midday sees Versailles jam-packed with tourists. They also recommend wearing comfortable shoes and packing your own water and lunch as concession prices tend to be steep. And anyway, the Versailles Gardens make a picturesque spot for a picnic. However, some travelers voice complaints: Admission prices are high for the palace and grounds, and bathroom lines are long.
Hours for the palace, grounds and park vary by season, so visit the Château de Versailles website before you go. Admission prices also vary by attraction, unless you purchase "the Passport," which gives you access to everything Versailles has to offer for €18 EUR (approximately $25 USD).
To get to Versailles, you can take the RER train, bus, or even bicycle (from Bois de Bologne or Parc St. Cloud). Note that there are three train stations in Versailles; get off at either the Versailles Rive Gauche or the Versailles Rive Droite stations.