While my friend Zahra was visiting in March we dedicated one of our days in Paris to exploring the Palace of Versailles.
Versailles holds so much history and extravagance behind those golden gates it’s overwhelming yet completely worth the physical and mental exhaustion of being on your feet all day while attempting to absorb hundreds of years of French history. Truthfully, the only things about Versailles I knew prior to my visit were the antics of Marie Antoinette and the Hall of Mirrors, so it was good to put them in context of the broader history of the palace.
Here’s a few photos of our day. If you remember nothing else from this post, remember this: pack snacks and wear comfortable shoes. Save yourself! Now for the photo evidence…
Admiring ourselves, I mean the Hall of Mirrors:
Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet where she pretended to live like a peasant on her working farm:
After two hours of walking and realizing we hadn’t seen even half of Versailles we broke down and rented bikes. You can also rent golf carts if your group has 4 people or less, but they were all taken so we rolled off the rental lot on these sweet bikes instead:
Zahra looking Parisian chic on her ride:
Biking selfie en route to the Hamlet:
Know Before You Go:
- Versailles is closed on Mondays.
- Rent bikes or a golf cart to maximize your sightseeing.
- Pack food, water, and snacks. You’ll be so glad you did.
- Purchase the Passport Ticket (€18) to access the entire palace, Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet and the gardens.
- Wear comfy shoes, even if it means sacrificing style.
- The train is just a 30 minute ride from Paris and the palace is 10 minutes walk from the station.
- Find more FAQ on the official Versailles website here.