Visiting Versailles France: Five Tips for a Great Visit
The Palace of Versailles is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful destinations for anyone visiting France. It is a place that everyone must make time for. I have been a few times, and always seem to see something new, or get some new perspective.
There are, however; some things that you really do need to bear in mind when visiting Versailles France if you want to make sure that you have the best experience possible.
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5 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity Visiting Versailles France
1) Give yourself a full day! You can not do the palace and the grounds the justice they deserve without being there the entire day. To fully appreciate the palace give a minimum of 6 hours.
2) In keeping with the first tip, go early. Get there as soon as they open. The palace opens at 9 A.M. There are a couple of reasons for that.
First, you will beat the majority of the crowds, and thus the lines, which can be interminable. The majority of the tour buses don’t get there early, so get there before they start stacking up and disgorging their cargo. As we were leaving at 3:00, a whole herd of tour buses were corralled outside the front gates with more along the side streets.
Second, on really warm, dare I say hot, the interior of the palace with all the bodies can get quite stuffy. Keep in mind, early is best.
3) Buy your tickets ahead of time. This can be done a number of different ways. We did our research online, but didn’t buy that way locking ourselves in.
When we decided the day we wanted to visit, we took the RER (commuter train) to Versailles, and then stopped at Café Bleu Roi Restaurant and Brasserie at 7 rue Colbert to the right as you face the palace to buy our tickets.
You’ll be asked to buy a coffee, but no problem with that. This is the method I recommend. Or, you can stop by the Versailles Tourism Office to get your tickets if you like.
Or, if you prefer, buy tickets online at the official site.
Whatever you do, don’t stand in line at the palace to buy you tickets. A huge part of your day will be shot waiting in one line or an other.
4) Don’t skip the gardens and the Trianons when visiting Versailles France! These are amazing! I remember as a young student on a school field trip visiting and being overwhelmed by the gardens, and that there were little palaces on different arms of the Grand Canal. This is also where you can start to breathe again, as it is much less crowded, giving you room to spread out a bit.
Don’t short change yourself. If you think you might be too tired, take the little train. Sure it’ll set you back a few Euro, but…
5) Number five is something that we often recommend. Not an absolute, mind you, just a suggestion. Take a tour! I know, I know! Your thinking, why pay extra for a tour when I can rent an audio tour for a whole lot less. All I can say is, try one and you will understand what I mean. After all, having a knowledgeable guide, and avoid standing in line by taking a skip the line Versailles Tour is pretty hard to beat.
As an inveterate lover of all things bicycle related, I always recommend taking a bicycle tour if available. And, there is a very good Versailles bicycle tour.
We had super day by following these simple little hints. Nothing ruins a day more than endlessly standing in one line after another. Can we guarantee that you won’t stand in line at all? No. But, by following this simple tips, you can really shorten your standing in line time.
Don’t forget, come prepared. Your not only going to be inside, but out also. Bring appropriate clothing. Sunscreen if you’re visiting during the summer. Be prepared for the possibility of rain.
You’re going to want to eat and drink something during your visit. Are you going to bring something and carry it around? Or, will you buy food and drink while there? La Flotille is a convenient and nice place to stop in the gardens at the end of the canal.
Enjoy visiting Versailles France.
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