Versailles is located just outside the city of Paris, and you can easily get there by metro. Versailles – Château – Rive-Gauche is the closest stop, and then it is just a short walk to the castle.
As a woman who loves rooms with multiple chandeliers and has read plenty of historical books taking place at Versailles it was a surreal experience being able to stroll through this ornate castle and massive gardens.
Be warned though the lines are massive to get in, this zigzagging line is just a section of the line I needed to wait in. To help save time you can pre-buy your ticket or have a Paris Pass will help you get into the castle faster.
The exterior of the castle is stunning, detailed with elaborate statues all over.
After spending 5 hours at Versailles, I only had the opportunity to explore part of the massive gardens that are behind the castle.
The back of the castle with two large ponds on either side.
One of the many statues in the garden.
One of the back gates from the garden that opens to the town.
In contrast to the highly sculpted gardens, there are also lush fields with the animal which were part of Marie-Antoinette’s Estate.
Entrance to the castle
One of the ladies rooms in the castle
The Hoquetons Salon
The Royal Chapel
When touring the castle don’t forget to look up as the corners and ceilings are as richly decorated as the walls and floors.
The gold gate at the castle which has been restored after being torn down in the French Revolution.
Now, this is the reason I came to the palace, The Hall of Mirrors. Which is a richly decorate hall that the King would pass from his apartment to the chapel, where courtiers would assemble to watch the king and his family.
Versaille was truly spectacular to visit, but make sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit as you could easily spend the entire day exploring the castle and gardens as you get swept away in the grandeur of everything.