Gold leaf walls. A private opera. The famed hall of mirrors. Dozens and dozens of servants. I’d read about the Palace of Versailles, home to the Sun King as well as Marie Antionette, but seeing it in person was incredible. The palace is massive and really merits an entire day of sight seeing, along with the grounds, which have additional palaces, lakes and trails to explore.
The crowds and bus tours show up early to queue, to so it’s important to get there early, otherwise you could spend a long time in line. One way to avoid the line is to book a guided tour, you enter through a separate entrance and can remain in the palace after your tour. The tour was very informative and allowed access to parts of the palace that were otherwise off limits, so I think it was €7 well spent! Audioguides and maps are also available and helpful in navigating the palace.
Things I wish we hadn’t done: the train that takes you around the estate has a dodgy schedule and we spent the amount of time it would’ve taken to walk waiting in line. Instead, bikes and golf carts are available for hire, or you can walk. The estate is definitely worth exploring!
Getting there: The palace is located in Versailles, outside of Paris, but you don’t need a coach trip, it’s easy to do yourself. Mike’s Travel Guide has a great step by step set of directions on how to catch the RER train and save some money.