Chateau de Versailles – forget “skip the line tickets

Chateau de Versailles – forget “skip the line tickets

Day trip to Chateau de Versailles

This summer we went on a road trip to France. We started in Paris and this was mine and my husband’s third time in this beautiful city. We have seen much different iconic stuff in Paris before and now we wanted to spend some time in Chateau de Versailles. I/we had planned several stops during our road trip, and since I love French history I wanted to take a detour from Paris to Versailles. My husband needed some convincing as he had never even heard of the place. (here you can imagine me rolling my eyes).

Paris to Versailles – getting there

You can do guided tours to Versailles, but we are rebels and wanted to do our own thing (I hope you get the sarcasm).

We rented a car which we had to pick up at the airport. Since there is no point bringing a car to Paris and spending lots of time getting in and out of the city because of the traffic, we picked up our car the next day at the airport. I can recommend that unless you don’t mind wasting your time in traffic queues. It takes about 40 min getting to Versailles by car. You should really try to get there early as the parking lot and the Palace get crowded quickly.

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Chateau de Versailles – the only spot without people

Skip the line tickets for Palace of Versailles

I did some research in advanced and we got the tickets to the Chateau ONLINE before we left Norway. We didn’t want to spend the few hours we had for exploring to stand in the ticket line. When we arrived I was glad we had the tickets already as the place was crowded, naturally, and it was +30C. As proud as I was (for being so smart) we marched straight to the entrance on the side, as it was stated on the tickets, past the snake formed long queue of people who were not as smart as me, or just were lazy to get their tickets in advance, and asked personnel if we could go in because we had pre-purchased the tickets. The man looked at me at said that I had to wait in line.
Me – “What line?
The man – “You see this long queue of approximately 200 m? That line”
Well, thank you, for bringing me back to earth – I am obviously not as smart as I thought.

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The line for those with tickets – I wonder how long the line is for those without the tickets.

Disappointed as we were, I thought – I came here to see Chateau de Versailles, so I can’t give up yet. We snuck in the line just 5 meters in front of the entrance! A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, right?

Inside the Chateau

Through the security gates and into the front yard – again the line to get into the main building. What’s up with everybody wanting to see the same stuff as me?? We decided to explore the left side of the Chateau (the one just behind the man in a blue jacket you see in the shot above). There was a hall with paintings of French battles so we thought that it was probably very appropriate and fun for our 12 yo (I am being ironic here – good parenting). Through the hall and eventually out into the beautiful and famous gardens of Chateau de Versailles.

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The Hall of Battles (can’t remember the real name)

 

Chateau de Versailles Gardens

Chateau de Versailles Gardens are very nice and we even had the ticket for fountain show. I thought again “It was so clever to go straight to the gardens, so we at least can see the show”. I, of course, forgot to check when the show was – it is only at specific times even though it is quite often. We were, of course, somewhere in between hours, so didn’t get to see Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, road trip to Francethat… We wandered out in the gardens for 10-15 min and went back to explore the rest of the Chateau.

And suddenly we were OUTSIDE Chateau de Versailles and in front of the line, we sneaked in. The story is we didn’t get to see Chateau de Versailles 🙁

I was so disappointed, naturally. My third time in Paris and despite the planning, I still got to see neither Chateau de Versailles nor its Gardens. The little I have seen was beautiful and if you are a history and architecture lover like me this famous landmark is a must.

Heads up – the Chateau is under a reconstruction so you won’t be able to see everything.

I believe in Karma and we all know what they say about it. The moral is – I will never snick in again (although they also say “never say never”, or was it Justin Bieber?” Anyway, lesson learned for now!!

However, despite the immediate disappointed I now can’t think of this story without a smile on my face. Memories were made and that’s the most important thing.

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Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, road trip to France

Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, road trip to France

So, I know it was not nice to do to snick in before all the people standing in line with the skip the line tickets, and I am sorry for that. But what is the point of prepurchasing “skip the line” if anyone can do that. They should really limit the number of “first in line” tickets.

Anyway, Chateau de Versailles – I will be back to explore you, but probably offseason.

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17 Comments

  1. February 11, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I’ve never been to Versailles but I’d love to. It always sounds crowded so I feel like that would take away from it a bit, but I guess all touristy places are like that. Did you not to get to see it properly because of the renovations, or because of the queue?

    • Travelletters
      February 11, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      We just were unlucky.. It was crowded inside and we had to wait to get in the main entrance, then we had to wait to get further in to main halls. So we went outside to the gardens and when we were ready to go in again we suddenly were outside of the Palace – just made a wrong turn somewhere 🙂

      • February 11, 2018 / 10:07 pm

        Ohh I see, that sounds really confusing! That sucks. 🙁 Hope you make it back there, although the gardens look beautiful at least!

  2. February 11, 2018 / 12:57 am

    Chateau de Versailles is absolutely stunning and I hope you get to see all of it in all its glory. It’s been a while that I visited but luckily for us it was crowded but fairly distributed, certainly not so much that we couldn’t move. 🙂

    • Travelletters
      February 11, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      It was so hot and the queue to get in was so long even though we snuck in. It was crowded inside but not that bad in the gardens. I will have to go back off season to see more of it 🙂

  3. Ozzy CG
    February 10, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I’m so shocked to see how crowded it is!!! Is that because of the season? Looks beautiful though..

    • Travelletters
      February 10, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      I believe it’s always crowded, but high seasons are the worst 😂

  4. February 10, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    I loved Versailles but it was so unbelievably crowded when I went it kinda took away from the enjoyment in a large way! I could barely move, never mind take a decent photo!

    • Travelletters
      February 10, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      I know! I just had to write about it 😂

  5. February 10, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    A great informative guide to one of Paris’ classic and most beautiful sites, I want to revisit!!!

    • Travelletters
      February 10, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      It’s so pity that everybody want to see it specially at the same time as us 😂

  6. January 18, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    Beautiful photos! I should come and visit 🙂

  7. erinlovelive
    January 18, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    There was a crazy line like that when we visited too. It moved pretty quickly though.It is worth the wait.

  8. August 2, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed what you did get to see in Versailles! That’s quite funny about the karma/line thing ahaha I’m sure you’ll be able to go back one day! Xxx

    http://www.diaryofanexpatgirl.com

  9. August 1, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Such a cool story girl 🙂 and one day you will see Versailles and it will be as gorgeous as it looks like!
    Lots of love!
    Alexa

    • August 2, 2017 / 7:21 am

      Thank, Alexa! I am definitely going back 🙂

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