Tired of Paris, the 'Sun King' Louis XIV, who enjoyed likening himself to Apollo, God of the arts, peace and the sun, ... More
Palace of Versailles
Tired of Paris, the 'Sun King' Louis XIV, who enjoyed likening himself to Apollo, God of the arts, peace and the sun, commissioned architects Louis le Vau and Jules Hardouin to build the château of Versailles in 1668, on the site of his father's small hunting lodge. It became the largest palace in Europe, accommodating up to 20,000 courtiers at a time. Charles Le Brun, the painter, designed the interior, whose highlights include the Royal Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors. The Grand Trianon (1687) and the Petit Trianon (1762) are also in the park. The former, built in stone and marble, housed Louis XIV's mistress, while the latter, a small manor house, was home to Louis XV's mistress.
Because of the royal atmosphere and the richness of the French history.
The audio guide was helpful, but I stopped listening to it after a while, because it would take quite a while to finish each and every one of the objects.
1. The Chateau is kept in very good shape. Much of the artwork has been preserved as well as the gorgeous chandeliers.
2. You have the opportunity to take pictures or video anywhere in the Chateau, which is very fortunate for avid scrapbookers like me. The sheer decoration and intricacy of the Chateau will stick with you.
1. It's a major tourist trap, so it was very crowded.
OVERALL: The Chateau de Versailles was amazing and is definitely worth visiting. Some areas you need to see would be the Hall of Mirrors, Marie Antoinette's Estate, and the Gardens.
I liked taking the guided tour around the Palace. I learned a lot about "Royal Life" in Versailles. Had a lot of fun. It was an excellent side trip outside of Paris. Anyone of any age would enjoy it, but infants and toddlers would have to be kept under a watchful eye so they wouldn't touch fragile objects.
The Palace of Versailles was my absolute favorite thing to see in Europe (I've been to Italy and Switzerland too). It was nice to see the countryside and get away from all the craziness and noise that Paris has. There are so many rooms and they are all decorated with gold and paintings.
You can get in with the museum pass but the audio guide costs 6 Euro.
We paid for the tram (waited in line for 40 minutes) to take us to the Petit Trianon and we walked back from the Grand Canal. The grounds of the Petit Trianon house Marie Antoinette's houses. They look like a little village and I've only seen things like that on t.v.
After I got home I looked up the royal family and Marie Antoinette. So much drama, I wished I would have read about it before I went so I would have known who Louis XVI was on the audio guide.
We brought our lunch from Paris ate it in the picnic area. You will be there the whole day.
Take the metro to get there and you can walk to the palace from the metro. Just follow the signs.
this was a fantastic experience for me and my 11 year old godchild.the beauty in and out was awesome. the history was excellent i was very honored to be able to visit a place like this and my sara was mesmerized by the looks and history she used when she returned back to school .now 2 years later and and new 11 year old godchild im going again not in my tour but skipping the louvre to go to this awesome place.i bet my rachel will be mesmerized by it also.
I felt this to be a very big part of my trip to France, though there is not alot to see, it's a very big place where you can spend a few hours and enjoy the history. Spend time in the gardens and have a French hot dog they are very good. Remember to buy a museum pass, they come in handy if your going to several museums, and you get in faster, my wait was less then 3 minutes. Go and enjoy this small little hunting lodge.
Too crowded and expensive. You need to pay to get in different parts of the palace. There's not much to see. There are no descriptions about their display at all. Do your research well if you do go. I would rather spend the time visiting louve. It is away from the city. Unless you have 3 days or more, don't waste time in Versailles. It may not be that bad, but other places in Paris are too good compare to Versailles.
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