The most curious aspect of Versailles is its admissions policy.
At this time of year, the palaces and estates are open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are sold until 4:50, and no admissions are allowed after 5:00. Why would anyone want to visit Versailles for just 30 minutes? It would take that long just to jog through the wings of main palace that are open to the public. And from what I hear, moving at anything beyond a museum pace is not an option during the so-called high season.