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“Extremely long lines ruins the attraction”

Chateau de Versailles
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Palace, trianon palaces and the estate of marie-antoinette : open daily except mondays and certain public holidays. Gardens and park : open daily.Commented tours, independant visits, musical fontains shows, shows, bowboats, little train, bicycles, bookshop, shops, restaurants...
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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“Extremely long lines ruins the attraction”
Reviewed 30 May 2010

1h30h to get to the cashier. There are 2 cashiers. No automated machines. No extra cashiers. No option. Another 30min to buy the garden tickets. Everything manual. 30min line for the womens bathroom. It's so crowded inside you can't really enyoy or stop at something you like. The gardens are huge, but that's it. Inside, only the room of mirrors is worthwhile - the rest is small compared to the Louvre, which a much nicer attraction. The chateau adminstration could do a much better job - they just cant handle the crowds.

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Newark, New Jersey
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“Great place for a day trip”
Reviewed 27 May 2010

we did a tour with cityrama tours which included Vesailles, Trianon and Mary Antoinette's Hamlet. The Versailles part was a bit rushed but that is unavoidable if you want to do it all in a day. We had more time in Trianon palaces. We even got to see Mary Antoinette's private theatre and her hamlet. Both of these were lovely in a diff way. We got to eat a really good meal in a restaurant which used to be the royal stables and we got a lot of free time in the gardens. All in all a long and exhausting day . The trip was very well organised. The tour guide was well informed and approachable, ready to answer all our question. The palaces were amazing and totally worth see. We got our money's worth.

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“Beautiful but so crowded it's difficult to enjoy”
Reviewed 21 May 2010

Versailles was so crowded ( on a Wednesday) that we felt we were herded like cattle through the halls. Our headphones didn't work well and there was no one available to help. Unless you can find a day when crowds are a bit lighter, I would not recommend it. The gardens, on the other hand, were stunning, and this was before all the flowers were out. If I were to go again, I'd just go to the gardens and buy and lovely book of photos of the palace.

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Lansing, Michigan
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“If you plan, you will enjoy your visit”
Reviewed 21 May 2010

More than any other famous monument in the Paris area, you have to plan out your visit to Versailles or you will be overwhelmed by the place.

First, you need to either buy your tickets ahead of time, buy your tickets at the Versailles tourist information center (located down the street from the front entrance), or have the museum pass to avoid the long and slow moving ticket line. If you have the museum pass, this will get you into palace but not the gardens. The good news is you can buy the garden tickets at the entrance to the gardens and don't have to buy the garden tickets in the front entrance ticket line. The passport pass gets you into everything but costs 25 euros on the weekend during the summer. If you already have the museum pass, it is much cheaper to just buy the garden ticket separately. The tourist information center only sells the passport pass and does not sell individual tickets to the palace or the gardens.

You also need to arrive when it first opens (9 A.M.) because besides the ticket line, there is a metal detector line. If going by train, look up the RER C line time tables for the day you are going to Versailles-Rive Gauche (see parisbytrain.com). The RER C lines on the weekends may only run out to Versailles every 30-45 minutes, so if you miss the train by a couple of minutes, you will be waiting for a long time.

There is a reason Versailles is crowded. It is an amazing place. Just be prepared that it will be crowded and you will be jostled about as you see the palace. It is still worth it . Once you make it through the palace, the gardens are so huge and vast, that they won't seem crowded at all.

Besides the main palace and the gardens, there are two additional palaces called the Grand and Petit Trianon Palaces. There is also an area called the Marie Antoinette Domain, which contains gardens and a Potemkin village that was built for Marite Antoinette. These are a bit of a walk from the gardens and main palace. There is a toy train that runs from the gardens to these areas but it does cost 4 extra Euros per ride/per person.

The fountains only run during the weekends in the late spring, summer, and fall. Even then, they are only turned on from 11 to 12, 3:30 to 5:00 and for another 15 minutes at 5:45 to 6:00. Make sure you are in the gardens while the fountains are on and grab a map of the garden areas to see them all.

I have to laugh when people compare Versailles' fountains to modern fountains such as the Bellagio. I appreciate the Bellagio fountains for what they are but shooting huge jets of water into the sky, that are controlled by a computer, is not the same thing as Versailles' fountains. Versailles' fountains are beautiful works of art and sculpture that have water to enhance the effect of the art and sculpture.

I don't think it is humanly possible to see everything in one day. We saw the palace, the Grand Trianon, and walked through the gardens. We arrived by 9 and left by 5. We did not see the Petit Trianon or the Marie Antoinette Domain. Like many things in Paris, I was left saying, if only we had more time!

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Costa Mesa, California
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“Great place to visit - but nearly ruined by the crowds”
Reviewed 6 May 2010

Let me start by saying I only recommend this for it's historical significance and the gardens. My wife and I were almost ready to leave in frustration after waiting 30 min to use the bathrooms (only two sets in the chateau - clearly not close to enough for the number of visitors that pass through here). We also wanted to eat lunch before seeing the remainder of the chateau, but were forced to hand in our audio guides and told we would have to wait in line again to get another one because the main building is arranged so all traffic moves in a large loop. The cafe was a mess, with lots of people elbowing each other to get to the counter first and a very small number of seats to eat your food at. The chateau is impressive, but also hard to take in with the crowd flow issue (very similar to being at Disneyland on a crowded day).

What saved this for us were the gardens, which were not nearly as crowded as the main building and had plenty of breathing space. We were there on a day when the fountains were operational, although they are not very spiffy these days when compared to something like the Bellagio fountains (I know you should not really compare the two but there is clearly a different sense of scale).

The Marie Antoinette gardens were very nice for those willing to walk all the way out to them (apparently not too many people). If you're going to be doing lots of walking, it's also probably worth checking out the petite train schedule/routes ahead of time to take advantage of those and save your legs a bit.

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