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Versailles Tour from Paris
Versailles is a chateau, situated at what is today’s suburban Paris. It was built during the 1600’s and it’s design was copied a lot during that time since a lot of people admired it’s architecture. Home to Louis XIV from 1682, it is symbolic of the riches and wealth of the monarchs. It was originally built by Louis XIII as a stone and brick lodge and was later expanded by Louis XIV into what it looks like today.
When it was occupied, the palace consisted of 5,000 pieces of furniture and 6,000 pieces of paintings. The Treaty of Versailles was signed in the Palace during World War 1.
How to get to Versailles from Paris?
Getting to Versailles is the easiest by train and bus.
Paris to Versailles by Bus
Bus number 171 plies from the stop, “Pont de Sevres.” You can board this bus after purchasing the tickets and should take about 30 minutes for you to reach the Palace. We recommend you to purchase your bus tickets before boarding the bus, since the tickets cost more once you have boarded the bus.
Paris to Versailles by Train
Travelling from Paris to Versailles by train, also called RER is the cheapest option for you. 5 RER lines cater to Paris and its suburbs. Take the ‘Line C’, and depending on your boarding station, it should take you about 60-90 minutes to reach the palace. The Palace of Versailles is a 10-12 minute walk from the Versailles station.
Where do I purchase my RER tickets?
These tickets can be purchased from your nearest metro station. You can either purchase it from the automated machines or line up to get it from a metro official.
Visiting Versailles is rather convenient since it is open throughout the week from 9:00 am onwards. The Palace remains shut on Mondays.
What to do in Versailles
Versailles Fountain Show & Versailles Gardens
During one of these shows you can witness the water swaying to period music. If you are planning to go on a Wednesday, you will be able to witness the Fountains Night Show. These fountains have not failed to operate in the last 350 years and it is your chance to enjoy the show and be in awe of the architectural marvel.
The gardens of Versailles contain within them the largest open air sculpture museum. Roam around these gardens and get lost with baroque tunes accompanying you.
Access to both, the Musical Fountain shows and Musical Garden need a ticket purchase.
Versailles Hall of Mirrors
The construction of the Hall of Mirrors began in 1678. A total number of 357 mirrors have been used to decorate the, “Galerie Des Glaces.” It took 6 years to construct it, from 1678-1684. The ceiling of this 73 meters long room is covered with 30 paintings, which is the work of artist Le Brun. These paintings depict the successes of France over Louis XIV’s reign of 18 years.
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