Not gonna lie, during this entire day the song Royals was going through my head on repeat. I finally got my lazy butt out to Versailles a few weeks ago when German friends were visiting. Honestly, I ended up loving it, much more than I had expected. The interiors are simply stunning. Anyways, enjoy the photographs below, along with some information about visiting the palace and gardens.
- I would recommend arriving later in the day, around 4PM. The enormous lines to get in have just about disappeared by then, and visiting is a perfect way to spend the second half of your day. Or, pre-order your tickets online!
- The gardens become free after 18h, I’d recommend an evening picnic. We did not look this up and weren’t willing to pay 7 Euros, so we will be returning for it! You can rent boats and bikes, sounds like a perfect Sunday evening to me.
- Audio guides are free! Yes you read that correctly, and they are free for all (not just us dumb EU students). Pick one up while strolling the palace, you’ll learn tons of cool little tidbits.
- Be prepared for crowds, and lots of them. Also, keep in mind that Versailles is a touristy area, and thus commonly targeted by pickpockets.
- You need an extra metro ticket to get there, because the palace is outside of Paris city limits. Do your research about pricing and RER C times before you leave.
Other than that, I just say enjoy your day! Visiting Versailles was an incredible experience, you are really transported into another world. The lavishness is beyond, and it’s difficult to wrap your mind around the fact that the whole grounds were man built and groomed. And, being the budgeter that I am, I packed a picnic rather than buying the food at the cafeteria there. Legal? not sure, but they weren’t too strict about it.
Hopefully the next Paris day trip will be to Giverny. Monet has always been one of my favorites!