Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

If you're heading to Paris for a few days, I highly recommend a visit to the Chateau de Versailles just out of Paris. You'll need to allow at least half a day (a full day, if possible) but it is worth it just to admire the gardens and palace built for Louis XIV, the Sun King, from 1668.

To reach Versailles on a day trip from Paris you can either do a tour by coach or catch the RER train, line C. (Buy a "Paris - Versailles Rive Gauche" ticket, zones 1-4.) The journey time by train is around 45 minutes and the Palace is within easy walking distance from Versailles station.

Neptune Palace of Versailles

If you plan on visiting the Palace interior, I recommend arriving early as the queues to enter can be particuarly long, especially in Summer. A Skip the Line ticket can be purchased in advance (and is included in the Paris Pass and Paris Museum Pass) and whilst you will still have to line up to go through the security check, it will save you valuable time.

Orangery Palace of Versailles

Highlights of the Palace include the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapelle Royale and the Salon de Venus. You'll also see an abundance of priceless artworks including paintings, sculptures, furniture and statues.

Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles

Even if you're not usually into gardens, the endless gardens, fountains, ponds and statues at the Palace of Versailles are sure to blow you away.

Painting in Hall of Mirrors

Louis spared no expense when having his palace designed and built and whilst it really is quite ostentatious, it is impressive.

Palace of Versailles grounds

Allow plenty of time to wander the gardens - or hire a golf buggy if you're short on time or not fond of walking too far. A visit to the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon at the far end of the gardens is worthwhile, and don't forget to take some time out to sit and absorb the beauty around you.  It really is superb.

Topiary at Palace of Versailles

Have you visited the Palace of Versailles? What did you enjoy the most?

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