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- This extravaganza of opulent architecture, design, and decor has the power to fascinate children. Once the grandest palace in all of Europe, Versailles has a history of royalty, revolution, and world peacemaking. It's a short, pleasant train ride from Paris and even young children can walk to the palace from the station. Only tours get you into it all, but arrive early as lines can be extreme.
- Among the must-see highlights: The famed Hall of Mirrors, 200-plus feet of lavishness on a scale that is almost overwhelming. It was here that the Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending World War I. It's also one of the only areas accessible without a guide. The Queen's Bedroom is a fantasy room of rich textures and fabrics, and where France's queens gave birth for years.
- Outside is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, and the Grand Trianon, a mini palace where the king could retreat from prying eyes (think affairs). The topiary, fountains, and walkways enchant all ages.
Parking: Palace Apr-Oct Tues-Sun 9am-6:30pm; Nov-Mar Tues-Sun 9am-5:30pm. Trianons and Le Hameau Tues-Sun noon-6pm. Grounds daily dawn-dusk
Price: Palace 14€ ($20) adults; 10€ ($15) adults after 4pm, seniors 60 and older, and ages 18-25. Both Trianons and Le Hameau 16€ ($23) adults; 10€ ($15) adults after 3:30pm, seniors 60 and older, and ages 18-25. Everything free for children 17 and younger
Telephone Number: 01-30-83-78-00
Price Information: Palace 14€ ($20) adults; 10€ ($15) adults after 4pm, seniors 60 and older, and ages 18-25. Both Trianons and Le Hameau 16€ ($23) adults; 10€ ($15) adults after 3:30pm, seniors 60 and older, and ages 18-25. Everything free for children 17 and younger
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.
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