Château de Versailles + 3 Tips

The Château de Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage site, started as a hunting lodge in the 1600’s for Louis XIII. Transformed by Louis XIV into a magnificent palace, the court and government of France were transferred there from Paris in 1682.  With the French Revolution of 1789,  Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were removed from Versailles to prison.  Today’s visitors can enjoy not only the sumptuous palace, extensive gardens and fountains, but can participate in the varied programme of cultural events and exhibitions held throughout the year.  We recommend visiting the official site for information on the current programme at your time of travel: .  See our tips below …..


1.  Music & Fountains: A special experience is to visit the gardens when the fountains operate to the accompaniment of classical music throughout the grounds. As this is restricted to specific times and days of the year, check the site before booking your visit.

2. Save Time:  get your entry ticket before you leave Australia by booking online, and thereby avoid another queue.

3. Save Money: there’s really no need to take a tour to Versailles: it’s easily reached by RER train (Line C, 35 minutes), followed by a 10 minute walk to the gates of the palace. On entry, you will be given a free audio guide to tour the palace.