The Palace of Versailles is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason. This opulent palace was once the home of Louis XIV and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s so much to see and do there, but seeing the inside the Palace of Versailles is one of the most interesting parts of your visit.
Inside the Palace of Versailles
The Palace contains 2,300 rooms! Once the opulent hunting lodge for Louis XIII, then a seat of power for Louis XVI, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site & museum.
Once inside, you are free to tour the inside of the Palace of Versailles at your leisure. Audio guides are provided, but you can avoid that line and just download Rick Steves tour for free ahead of your trip!
King’s State Apartment: Mercury Room
The Mercury Room, named for the patron messenger god of trade & commerce, was originally the royal bedchamber.
Originally, everything from mirrors to chandeliers was made of silver. Unfortunately, the silver had to be smelt to fund the vigorous war campaigns of Louis XIV.
The Mercury room also served as the place where Louis XIV body was publicly displayed after his death in 1715.
King’s State Apartment: Venus Room
Like all the other rooms inside the Palace of Versailles, this state apartment was named after a planet.
Venus is depicted on the ceiling as the Roman goddess of love and referenced in other parts of the room.
The Venus Room is the most Baroque state apartment and also features a statue of Louis XIV in Roman attire.
The room was used as a reception room for visitors of the King.
The King’s Chamber, decorated in crimson, gold & silver features paintings depicting the gospels.
Guests will also find a bust of Louis XIV (who died in the room in 1715).
Not only is this where the Queen slept, it is where the royal children were conceieved and born!
While not authentic, the bed, covering, and fabric walls were remade based on historic documents.
In total, 19 Princes and Princesses of the Realm were born in this room, and 2 queens died here.
Fun Fact: There is a hidden door left of the bed that was used as an escape-route for Marie Antoinette during the French revolution.
Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors
The Hall of Mirrors is over 200 feet long and contains more than 30 mirrors that reflect the light from the both the numerous windows & chandeliers, creating a dazzling effect.
The walls are decorated with paintings by some of the most famous artists of the time, including Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain and the ceiling is painted by Giovanni Battista Gaulli.
The Hall of Mirrors was used by the royal family for entertaining guests and important ceremonies, such as the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
The Views of the Garden from the Hall of Mirrors
The Hall of Mirrors overlooks the gardens. Every set of double-doored windows opens, allowing not only the natural light but also the exquisite
The Royal Chapel at Versailles
The Chapel at the Palace of Versailles was the 5th built at the palace, completed during the reign of Louis XIV in 1710. and reflects the king’s taste for grandeur and luxury.
It was designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart, but when the architect died, it was completed by his bother in law, Robert de Cotte.
The design of the Chapel was inspired by Gothic architecture.
The two-level interior of the Chapel is decorated with marble pilasters, an altar with a baldachin, and a large organ.
The Chapel was used for religious services for the royal family and guests of the palace.
This room is dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul and once Emperor of the French.
There are two enormous paintings commissioned from Jacques-Louis David that commemorate Napoleon’s crowning as Emperor along with other smaller works that showcase important victories for him
The center of the room features the Column from the German Campaign (Austerlitz Column) which Napoleon commissioned from the Sèvres Royal Porcelain Manufactory to commemorate his first imperial victories.
Aside from the furnished rooms, you will also be able to see displays explainging the structures of the palaces, paintings of people who lived in the palace along with other statues and sculptures.
Book Your Timed Entry in Advance
The Palace of Versailles is open Tuesday–Sunday from 9am–5:30pm
“The Passport” ticket gives you admission to all the palace tours (grounds, Trianon Palaces, and Marie Antoinette’s estate), the Musical Fountain Show, the Musical Gardens, and the exhibitions.
When you get to the entrance of the Palace of Versaille, you will want to pay attention to directional signage.
Entrance A ( to the left )
This entrance is for guests who purchased individual tickets in advance online.
Entrance B ( to the right)
This entrance is for groups with a reservation for a guided tour & skip the line tickets.
How to Get to Versailles from Paris
Many people who visit the Palace of Versaille make the day trip from Paris.
The easiest way to get to Versailles from Paris by train is on the RER Line C to Versailles Château – Rive Gauche. The train takes about 50 minutes. Once at the station, it is an easy 10-minute walk to the Palace.