A trip to Versailles is always worth it, but do be prepared for long lines, security checks and lots of other tourists.

For armchair visitors, do look at the web site with its stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the newly restored Hall of Mirrors.

The restored Hall of Mirrors in all its new glory was revealed to the public on 27 June 2007. The 357 mirrors and incredible ceiling paintings should knock your socks off.

Do spend a day seeing the palace, the grounds, fountains and in the afternoon don't miss the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette's Estate.

The historic part of Versailles town is also well worth a couple of hours of wandering around and there's a wide choice of restaurants for lunch or dinner.

Visiting Tip: as the web site says, "For only 25 Euros (16 Euros in low season), the Pass gives priority access to the entire Domain of Versailles and to several audioguided and non-guided visits. This ticket is valid for the whole day… the freedom to organize your visit without painful waiting in lines."

Sales locations:

In Paris and its surrounding region at some of the desks of the railway company Le Transilien (SNCF)
In FNAC shops in France and online (in French) on the FNAC website
At the Tourist Office of Versailles
Château de Versailles

Opening times for the Palace: Closed on Mondays, certain French public holidays or when official ceremonies are held.
1 November to 2 April: 9:00 to 17:30
3 April to 31 October: 9:00 to 18:30

Marie-Antoinette's Estate and the Grand Trianon
Open every day, except on some French public holidays and during official ceremonies.
1 April - 31 October 2007
12 noon to 19:30
1 November 2007 - 2 Avril 2008
12 noon to 17:30

See also information on the town of Versailles
Web site in French, English and Spanish


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