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• Palace of Versailles.
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The palace is now a historical monument and UNESCO World Heritage site, notable especially for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera, and the royal apartments. The Palace was stripped of all its furnishings after the French Revolution, but many pieces have been returned and many of the palace rooms have been restored.
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Palace of Versailles (map) was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI. It is located in the department of Yvelines, in the region and province of Île-de-France, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) southwest of the centre of Paris.
The Palace of Versailles offers a visual history of French architecture from the 17th century to the end of the 18th century.
The palace area consists of the main palace, a large garden, an extensive park, as well as a number of annex buildings which all are of historic and cultural interest. Seeing all of this in the pace it deserves, as well as the transport between different sites, take time.
If you have only one day to spend at Versailles, make a plan and prioritize what you want to see, and take into account that there are large distances between some of the interesting locations and possibly also lines to wait in at the entrance. Versailles palace is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It’s a nice bike ride from Paris via Bois de Boulogne and Parc St Cloud.
Since June 2020, a booking is mandatory to enter the palace – even if you have Museum pass or benefit from free entrance (under 26 (EU only), under 18 (everywhere else), or with an EU student visa over 6 months). Slots can be booked online or on spot, and guarantee an entrance within 30 minutes from the entrance slot booked. Book early to be sure to entrance the palace on the time you want.
Missing the booked time does not necessarily mean losing your money, as the personnel at the ticket office will try to allow you to entrer later in the day, provided there are still slots available.
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• Public transport.
Guide to traveling to and getting around in the France.
phebus.tm.fr – local buses around Versailles
RATP ::: Metro timetables • Bus timetables • Tramway timetables • RER timetables
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BUS: sobus.travel — sells bus tickets for all the bus companies. The Noctilien (Map of Noctilien) is a night bus service that operates in Paris and the Paris region from 12.30am to 5.30am.
TRAIN: For regional trains, schedules can be found at ter.sncf.com. For long distances, use the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, or High-speed train) on which reservations are obligatory. TGV • Thello • Ouigo. + RailEurope • Eurostar • Thalys • izy (Paris-Brussels) • TGV Lyria (Switzerland) • DB (Germany) • RENFE (Barcelona)
AIRPORT: parisaeroport.fr – Paris airport information. aeroport.fr – list of airports in France.
- Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport by public transport
- Paris-Orly airport by public transport
- Beauvais Airport / Paris ↔ Airport Shuttle
FERRY: Batobus – Eiffel Tower ⇒ Musée d’Orsay ⇒ St Germain des Près ⇒ Notre-Dame Cathedral ⇒ Jardin des Plantes ⇒ Hôtel de Ville ⇒ Louvre ⇒ Champs-Elysées ⇒ Beaugrenelle. + Getting to Paris by boat / More Info about Passenger Boats
Découvrez l’histoire du Grand Trianon // Discover the history of the Grand Trianon.
⇒ video source: Château de Versailles / youtube.com /
• Useful websites.
Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.
VISAS & IMMIGRATION.
How do you obtain a VISA for a stay in France – and what are the customs procedures? + Customs and Visas (france.fr)