We visited Versailles on Sunday and It was soooo crowded (maybe Sunday was a bad choice). I felt sick already when we saw the mass amount of people when we approached the gate. We arrived in Versailles at 9.40am and there were already 4 layers of queueing. We were lucky it was not a hot day so inside the chateaux was still bearable even though it was still crowded.
What annoyed me was that they only had a toilet at the entrance point to the chateaux and the next one outside after after we exit the chateaux. Luckily I found one toilet inside Angelina (The restaurant), but there wasn’t actually a clear sign.
We ended up spending the whole day in Versailles and only return to Paris at 6pm as we had to queue the whole day. To me the chateaux was just not worth the effort because of the crowd. I’d rather spend my day going somewhere else I haven’t covered in Paris. The crowd is different with Eiffel tower and Louvre. In Louvre we have options of several wings and sections to visit. And the queue in Eiffel is pretty fast moving. In Versailles everybody follow the same path: chateaux, garden, grand trianon, petit trianon and grand canal. At least there is option to that the petite train. I couldn’t bear walking after being in a queue for so long and use the train to go to grand trianon and petite trianon.
My tips: come early, don’t come during peak of summer and weekend.
The main palace
The Palace of Versailles is an opulent complex and former royal residence outside of Paris. It has held sway in the public imagination for years because of its architectural grandeur and political history.
“To the public imagination, Versailles is the epitome of opulence,” said Louise Boisen Schmidt, a Denmark-based writer at This Is Versailles. “It represents an age in French history of both France’s rise as a fashion and power center as well as the dramatic — and bloody — decline of the monarchy.”
Located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Paris, the palace is beside the settlement of Versailles. The town was little more than a hamlet before becoming the seat of royal power. By the time of the French Revolution, it had a population of more than 60,000 people, making it one of the largest urban centers in France.
Grand trianon and Petite trianon