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Reviewed 22 October 2021

I went in low-season and loved every minute of it. The palace was near empty, the palace and garden blew me away, and the audio guides and app (once i figured out how to use it) were short and straight to the point (about 1-2 min per room). The walk to Marie Antoinette's Hamlet was further than expected, but over-prices golf carts are available for rent for people who can't or don't want to make tbe treck. The Hamlet was awesome to see, but some buildings were under construction during my visit (like all of Paris LOL), which can be expected this time of year. I would recommend spending a full day. I was there from 3:30 until 7 pm and felt I could have seen more! Make sure to reserve a spot in advance for your admission

Date of experience: October 2021
Thank larswissa
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Reviewed 18 October 2021 via mobile

The weather was spectacular so we opted for the gardens. Big mistake!

After purchasing tickets for €22 (€11 each) we were quickly disappointed by the barren landscape before us.

The gardens were underwhelming, uncared for, empty and unimpressive.

Please look at my pictures below. Do not waste your time by going there.

Date of experience: October 2021
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Reviewed 17 October 2021 via mobile

Been wanting to come here for years. Honestly, you need to be somewhat versed in French history because the museum is impressive, but rather boring if you have no idea what you're looking at. So prepare yourself by reading books or listen to podcasts. Also, come in time and buy tickets in advance.

The palace and the gardens are so impressive, there is nothing in the world like it and we should be thankful to the French people and government for preserving it so well and putting it on display. It's a somewhat pricy trip, but you haven't seen France if you haven't seen Versailles.

Thank Roel P
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Reviewed 15 October 2021

After learning that the original palace was the Louvre, but that it was too small, I was not surprised at the vastness of the estate. From a logistics standpoint book your tickets online ahead of time. There will be two lines of people when you get there. These lines correspond to the entry time and alternate from one line to the other depending upon the entry time. Take a look at the entry time on your ticket and find the right line to wait in. Make sure you’re in the right line. We visited during the pandemic and, as such, were required to have the mandatory sanitary pass, which requires you show proof of a French vaccination certificate which you can obtain using your US vaccination certificate online. You also have to wear a mask indoors everywhere. A defined route takes you through the grand apartments, going room to room, to take in the opulence that only regal stature and serious cash can buy. It may be that we are jaded, having visited many such sites around the world, but Versailles' interior wasn’t overly impressive, save for a couple of epic rooms. After wandering through the building, you can then wander through the garden/grounds which are massive. There is a way to see more with less walking, as you can rent a golf cart, or buy a pass for a mini train that wanders around the property. Overall, it is a very historical and impressive site. If you’re in Paris, it's an easy train ride using the metro system. Recommended

Date of experience: August 2021
Thank Curtis S
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Reviewed 15 October 2021

Overall, the palace and gardens are beautiful BUT there were several disappointing aspects to our visit. #1 The audio guide was difficult to use at first, with long pauses in the narrative, you have to hold the guide up to your ear like a phone, and at first, we didn't see the numbers and wasn't quite sure how it worked. It was super annoying and some of the narratives were way too long and you weren't even sure which painting or sculpture they were even referring to. It is ridiculous that is the standard guide they offer. #2 The fountains were not working and there was absolutely no information about if and when there would be any fountain shows. We did stumble upon one by accident and it was quite lovely. We would have liked to see more. #3 Maybe because it is between seasons, but some of the gardens were downright unkempt and scraggly. A couple of the fountains/basins were in complete disrepair. Even in the palace, there were areas with water stains on the ceilings. It seems like the place is not being kept up even though I thought it was a jewel of France. On a positive note, it wasn't crowded and we liked the music in the gardens. Next time we would skip the palace and just rent bikes to cover the grounds.

Date of experience: October 2021
Thank lisalI8183TO
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