Palace of Versailles
(from Paris Montparnasse train station)
(from Paris Saint-Lazare train station)
(from Paris line C)
Versailles Place d'Armes
(from Pont de Sèvres)
1st exit : Versailles-Château
Car and coach park
(pay car and coach park)
Place d'Armes (Palace), Allée de Bailly (Park), Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon
3 April - 31 October
1st November - 31 March
+33 (0)1 39 50 58 62
« La Flottille » : +33 (0)1 39 51 41 58
« Petite Venise » : +33 (0)1 39 53 25 69
telephone : +33 (0)1 39 54 22 00
fax : +33 (0)1 39 55 07 25
Renseignement : +33 (0)1 39 66 97 66
Free toilette facilities
Palace Princes Courtyard (accessible to the disabled), Palace Entrance A, Grand Trianon, Petite Venise, Flottille, the Dauphin's Grove and the Girandole Grove (accessible to the disabled).
Total access :
Palace (entrance H, wheelchair loan service), Grand Trianon
Partial access :
Park, Estate of Marie-Antoinette and Gardens
Disabled visitors may be dropped off by car or bus near entrance H, in the Main Courtyard of the Palace. Parking in the courtyard however is not permitted.
Near the Palace, at the Place d’Armes car park there are spaces exclusively reserved for the vehicles of disabled visitors.
Recognised as "historical monument" and "remarkable gardens"
The King in His Garden
A colossal project which began in 1661. Louis XIV entrusted André Le Nôtre to lay out the gardens of Versailles. The work was undertaken at the same time as that of the palace and lasted approximately forty years.
Jean-Baptiste Colbert managed the project and Charles Le Brun provided the drawings for a large number of statues and fountains. Later, Jules Hardouin-Mansart ordered decorations which were more and more sober and extended Louis Le Vau's Orangery. The king himself received all the plans and wanted « details about everything ».
Thousands of men participated in the vast undertaking. Sublimated by numerous representations of Greco-Roman mythology, through the magic of the 50 fountains and 620 waterworks, the extraordinary beauty of the gardens was used to represent the king's power. The king entertained distinguished guests in the gardens and made them the privileged setting of magnificent celebrations and daily strolls with his courtiers.
In the 19th century, the budding Romantic Movement lead to the progressive change of the garden's regular lines to a landscaped arrangement that was further and further away from the principles of the French garden. The damage caused by the great storms of 1990 and 1999 confirmed the need for a major restoration programme. The re-plantation of the Great Perspective, the rearrangement of the Orangery parterre and the restitution of the Encelade, Dauphin, Girandole and France Triumphant groves are the spectacular results of the work begun nearly ten years ago which helped restore the gardens to the original state which they had at the end of the Sun King's reign..
Concerned at the end of his life to show the best « way to show the gardens of Versailles », Louis XIV wrote an itinerary that can still be followed today. Over 400 sculptures, vases and statues, executed by the greatest artists, make these gardens today's largest open-air museum in the world.
Sciences and curiosities at the Court of Versailles
Exhibition prolonged until 3 April 2011
The vacuum machine, exotic menagerie and curiosity cabinet: the Château de Versailles was a place of scientific experimentation and innovation.
Thrones in Majesty
1 March - 19 June 2011
Discover approximately 50 emblematic thrones, from different periods and civilisations, on display in the Grand Apartments of the palace of Versailles.
The Great Shows of Versailles
The programming of the Royal Opera for the new sesaon 2010 - 2011.
Equestrian Show Academy
Discover this center of equestrian shows and training run by Bartabas.
Symposium, conferences and workshops in 2011
The scientific activities of 2011
Discover the symposium, the conferences and the workshops in 2011.
The château de Versailles acquisitions
Tapis de la Savonnerie, chaise d'affaire, commode de la Comtesse de Provence... The last acquisitions of the château de Versailles.
The Queen's Salon du Grand Couvert
After sixteen months of restoration, the Queen's Salon du Grand Couvert is back to its original state, thanks to the sponsorship of Martell & Co
On line concerts
Three concerts in the royal Chapel and the royal Opera broadcasted on Internet.