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Last 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). Let me tell you a few historical facts about the Palace of Versailles:
- Before Chateau de Versailles was built to be a Palace as we know it today, it was initially created as a hunting lodge by Louis XIII. He used three years to rebuild the lodge into what later became Chateau de Versailles as we know it today.
- World War I “Peace Treaty” was signed in Chateau de Versailles.
- Chateau de Versailles is listed as a World Heritage Site.
- Palace of Versailles contains 2300 rooms.
- Chateau de Versailles is World’s largest Royal Domain.
- Billionaire John D. Rockefeller made two large donations to the Palace for its restoration.
For an in-depth history lesson of the Palace of Versailles, I recommend you to check out Chateau de Versailles official site here.
Getting to Palace of Versailles from Paris
It takes about 30-40 minutes by car from Paris to the Palace of Versailles. The cheapest alternative to get to Chateau de Versailles from Paris is to get on the train. It will take you 1-1,5 hour to get there if you use public transportation.
Check here for more information on ways to get to the Palace from Paris.
We picked up our car at the airport after spending one night in Paris. Click here if you need tips for Paris. There is no point in bringing a car to Paris and spending a lot of time getting in and out of the city. The traffic might be awful and going back to the airport the next day is more convenient.
Chateau de Versailles – skip the line tickets.
I did some research in advance, and we got the tickets to the Chateau de Versailles and the Gardens from Get your Guide before we left Norway.