La Residence Du Berry Versailles

14, rue d'Anjou, Versailles, Ile-de-France, 78000, France
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Planning a visit to Versailles on Bastille Day!

by balletomane

I would very much like to see Les Grands Eaux Musicales and since I won't be in Paris during the weekend, I can only visit on July 14--of all days! Anyway, my question is, how early and till what time does the train from and to Paris run? My main goal is to see the Trianons because the last time I went to Versailles a couple years ago, I only managed to see the main palace, Hall of Mirror, King's apartments and the garden. So I want to focus on the fountain show and the Trianons this time. Do you think an afternoon would be enough--as the Trianons don't open till noon and the fountain show is only in the afternoon, right?

I would love to be able to get back to Paris before dinner time as I think the traffic downtown is going to be a problem due to the Bastille Day fireworks celebration. Any good tips or advice for me, please?

Re: Planning a visit to Versailles on Bastille Day!

by IngaA

It's RER that you need, a road takes about 40 minutes, as far as I remember. It does all day long, no need to research the timetable.
Half day would be mor or less enough if the road is npot included into this half-day.
Btw, I don't know now but before that aux musicales show was only on Sunday. Maybe on July 14 it'll be operating, count taken it's a National holiday

Re: Planning a visit to Versailles on Bastille Day!

by IngaA

RER C (yellow line)

Re: Planning a visit to Versailles on Bastille Day!

by Beausoleil

From the Versailles web site regarding the Fountain schedule -- (It gives the regular schedule and then lists extra dates and yes, Bastille Day is a fountain day.)

"Dates and times: Saturdays and Sundays from 3 April to 31 October 2010, with the fountains working from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3.30 to 5 p.m.

Extra dates: Friday 2 April, Thursday 13 May and Wednesday 14 July, as well as Tuesdays between 25 May and 29 June 2010.

Note, the opening times are different on Tuesdays: Fountains working from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2.30 to 4 p.m.

Prices : Passport: Grandes Eaux Musicales, entry to the Château, the Trianons and Marie-Antoinette's Estate: €25 Book online"

Here is the Versailles web site. Enjoy your visit. My favorite part is Marie Antoinette's Hameau.

Re: Planning a visit to Versailles on Bastille Day!

by Beausoleil

If you're taking the RER (which would be easiest), they are running on Bastille Day. I didn't know where you were staying so plugged in Station St. Michel-Notre Dame to Versailles Rive Gauche and it takes about 45 minutes.

You can put your own station or address in their search engine if you like. The Metro web search site gives directions on RER and Metro (among other things).

Travel Tips for Versailles

Lines at the Chateau - Les files à l'entrée.

by breughel

When you pass the exterior gate you will have on the left (photo 1) a red panel indicating < Billets - Tickets > where you have to buy your ticket. On the right of that panel stands one with indication < A > this entrance is for all individuals having a ticket or a Paris museum pass.
There is no gate C anymore for the Paris Museum Pass in contradiction with what your will read on the Paris museum pass and previous info from Versailles website. On the extreme right is the entrance for groups.
As more and more visitors buy their ticket in advance you find already a line at 9 hour at the opening at the gate . Here visitors pass in a prefab "pavilion" with 3 detector frames (photo 2). They check your bag.
From here you can go where you want, usually the circuit of the "Château de Versailles" with the highlights "Galerie des Glaces" and "Chambre du Roi".

The crowds at the Château de Versailles attain a maximum in summer season, by nice weather as it is no fun to visit the kilometres of gardens in the rain, and on Tuesday when the Louvre is closed.


Il y a des modifications qui ne sont pas mentionnées sur le site web du Château de Versailles.
En passant la grille extérieure vous verrez à votre gauche le panneau rouge "Billets - Tickets" qui dirige vers la file pour acheter le billet d'entrée.
Juste à droite se trouve un panneau rouge "Individuels avec billets, sur réservation, visiteurs munis de pass".
Il n'y a plus d'entrée spéciale pour les visiteurs munis du Paris Museum Pass bien que cela figure encore sur les informations web et les imprimés.
Comme de plus en plus de visiteurs achètent leur billet à l'avance il y a des files à l'entrée < A > dès l'ouverture à 9 h.
Par cette file < A > les visiteurs passent dans le pavillon de sécurité où se trouvent 3 portiques de détection. Le contenu des sacs est vérifié à la main. Passé la sécurité le visiteur peut se diriger ver les circuits habituels très encombrés les jours d'affluence ou le parc.

Touring the palace

by sswagner

The inside can be toured in a guided group (like we did), or it can be done on your own. If seeing the interior is your main interest, then I recommend getting to the palace as early as possible. If you can beat the tour groups there, then you will have a tremendous advantage. The main tour route takes you through several chambers including the Hall of Mirrors and the queen's bedchamber. There is another tour which allows you to see the king's bedchamber.

Most people are very impressed with what they see. The Hall of Mirrors is a spectacle of glass and chandeliers. History also records this to be the site of the official end of World War I as the treaty was signed here. The sun king, Louis XIV certainly helped this place to become the palace that all others are compared to. Many other rulers in other countries have attempted to mimic this palace as much as possible. Yet, they fall short in some way.

Again, come early. Also, it is beneficial to stay away from weekends and busy summer days to really enjoy this. I would like to return sometime in the late fall, winter, or early spring to really get a chance to know this place. The fine attention to detail everywhere in the palace.

Salle du Sacre- End of General Palace Room Tour

by hquittner

Essentially the last room of your tour of Versailles is the Coronation Room. It once was a chapel and a ceremonial room. It was so named when Louis Philippe decided to convert Versailles into a public museum. He thought the major and minor Arts could properly express the History of France. Of course its greatest leader should have a place. David had made a copy (1822) of his Louvre painting (1807) and it would fit. The other things in the room reinforce Napoleon's primacy: A battle painting by Gros and on the opposite wall from the Sacre, one of Napoleon making awards (also by David). There is a ceiling painting and gilded symbols all along the cornice of successful battles (like the Arc de Triomphe). The Sevres porcelain column shows how far one can carry adulation. (Appropriate T-shirts are not on sale here). There is more on Battles and Napoleon elsewhere in the Palace.

Why the Palace is a National Museum

by hquittner

We had visited Versailes more than once before we became aware that it was also a museum. It was only after reading the fact in a guide book and being diverted to the North Wing as a part of "crowd control" that we came to see that it was full of portraits and busts as well as scenes of life and ceremony and buildings. We learned that Louis-Philippe had the romantic idea that French history could be enriched by exhibiting these historical artefacts and that he had contemporary 19C artists supplement the endeavor.It is called the "Musee de l'Histoire de France". Careful study showed us that everything was not always formal. Among our views (we think) was a delightful example of 20 year olds showing "liberation": a painting of Louis XV's twin daughters, the ones offered in the Peace Room as babies, now posing as Goddesses (by Nattier).

Vigee-Lebrun: Great Female Portrait Painter

by hquittner

Marie Louise Elizabeth Vigee (1755-1842) was one of earliest and most successful of female painters on record. The daughter of a portrait painter she showed talent at an early age, but her father died when she was 12, and this limited her training. At 21, already getting some notice as a portraitist, she married J.B.P. Lebrun, a painter, critic and art dealer, and a friend of Joseph Vernet. Together they completed her "training" while she bore some children. Six years later, she was admitteed to the French Academy (1783). She became a close friend of marie Antoinette and painted her and her children many times, as well as many others hanging around Versailles. When the Revolution came, she quietly went to Italy and elseshere finally settling in London. In her old age she rturned to Paris. Her output was enormous and her portraits are in most of the major and many lesser museums (keep an eye open and you will see them and soon spot them from a distance). The best one is in the Louvre, a self-portrait holding one of her children on her lap. The ones here are in Versailles


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