Visiting Château de Versailles in the Fall: The Château and Gardens

visiting château de versailles in the fall hall of mirrors chandeliers

It’s hard to believe, but I hadn’t taken a day trip to Versailles from Paris in seven years, largely because of the number of visitors. But in the absence of the normal crowds, visiting the Château de Versailles in the fall became an absolute must.

It’s not that I don’t love the Château de Versailles – but large, crowded places give me anxiety. What the past year has made me realize in general walking around Paris and visiting museums (when they’ve been open) is how pleasant it is to experience these places calmly. You can take your time, appreciate the details, and really linger without crowds of people directly behind you.

I know the objective is to sell the most tickets, but I do hope that tickets with timed entries (that are actually enforced) will be here to stay. It does require a bit more planning on the front end, but it’s so worth it.

Getting to Versailles from Paris

The easiest way to get to Versailles and the Château de Versailles from Paris is by taking the RER C to the Versailles Château Rive Gauche station. If you catch the RER C from the Musée d’Orsay station it’ll take just over 30 minutes to get to Versailles, and then you have about a 10 minute walk to the Château.

versailles courtyard

Just be aware there are two other Versailles stops – Versailles Chantiers and Versailles Rive Droite. Both of these stations are about a 20 minute walk from the Château de Versailles.

Before going I recommend looking at the RER C Timetables here. You can pick the station you’re starting from and the destination. It will also show you the name of the train so you can be sure you’re getting on the right one (often VICK when going to Versailles Château Rive Gauche).

Château de Versailles Tickets

I recommend buying a ticket for the first time slot available. You can look at all of the different ticket options with pricing here. Since crowds were less of a concern for us, we went in the afternoon and bought Passport with Timed Entry tickets with access to the entire estate.

chateau de versailles gate

There are several options for eating on the Château property, but we wanted to eat in the city. Versailles resident and Pastry Chef extraordinaire Molly Wilkinson recommended Chez StefS, which we loved.

Now for the fun part – the photos from our visit to the Château de Versailles in the fall. The Grand and Petit Trianon will be included in a Part Two to come!

The Royal Chapel, a gothic chapel dedicated to Saint Louis
The Royal Chapel, a gothic chapel dedicated to Saint Louis
The Royal Chapel, a gothic chapel dedicated to Saint Louis
La Galerie des Batailles is the biggest gallery in the Château
La Galerie des Batailles is the biggest gallery in the Château
room with desk chateau de versailles
coronation room
The Coronation Room
the coronation room

The King and Queen’s Bedchambers

king's bedroom at versailles
Louis XV relocated his bedroom to this location because it was smaller and easier to keep heated
queens' bedroom
queen's bedroom
queen's bedroom chateau de versailles
queen's bedroom details

The Hall of Mirrors

the hall of mirrors chateau de versailles
hall of mirrors
hall of mirrors
hall of mirrors chandelier

Château de Versailles Details

chandelier and ceiling chateau de versailles
ceiling painting chateau de versailles
gilded detail chateau de versailles
guard's room detail
The Guard’s Room is the official entrance to the Queen’s Bedchambers and one of the only rooms in the Palace with original decor
purple chandelier chateau de versailles
Chandelier in the Room of Abundance
Chandelier in the Room of Abundance
ceiling chateau de versailles
chandelier detail chateau de versailles
chateau de versailles ceiling
window at chateau de versailles

The Gardens

visiting the chateau de versailles in the fall
fall gardens chateau de versailles
fall gardens chateau de versailles
fountain chateau de versailles

I hope you enjoyed visiting Château de Versailles in the fall. Stay tuned for part two: the Petit and Grand Trianon!


  1. Brava Landen! As usual your curatorial skills and eye for architectural detail are superb. Next best thing to bring there. As was your tour of the Opera Garnier. And btw I especially have enjoyed Weekend Links 7&8. The breadth
    of the articles you select is amazing. How on earth do you find and review so much material every week? It’s a huge task on top of your photography, cuisine and other
    highlights of living in Paris you provide each day. Oh, to be “twenty something” again and footloose in Paris! I’m sure you relish everyday. Ciao, Steve in Newport🥇

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