Princes Palace Of MonacoCurrently Closed
- Address: Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville 98000, Monaco
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 377-93251831
- Ticket Price: 8 EUR
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture
Princes Palace Of Monaco - Review
The palace began its long and dramatic history in 1191 as a fortress built by Genoa (an independent Italian state). In 1297 it was captured by the Grimaldi family who used it as their seat of power and continue to do so today with the current monarch Prince Albert II residing there. Over the 700 years of Grimaldi rule the palace has been lost and regained, fallen into disrepair and restored, numerous times.
The current palace retains much of its history and also modern restorations by Prince Rainier III and his wife the actress Grace Kelly. It incorporates a variety of styles from different eras as the Grimaldis lacking space for other palaces just added new wings or towers in times of prosperity.
The insides are a picture of opulence and history with rich artwork adorning the walls. The audio guided tour lasts about 45 minutes to an hour; an added bonus is a recorded greeting by Prince Albert II which adds a homely touch. Despite being a tourist attraction the palace is still the prince’s headquarters and home. Sentries guard the palace and the guard change is accompanied with a lot of pomp and show. It is a historical palace that doubles as a home, sort of like Buckingham Palace, with exquisite art and architecture.
Princes Palace Of Monaco Information
- The palace is the focal point of the old town; plan your day around it.
- Arrive by 11:45 am and find a good spot to observe the guard change.
- Audio tour available.
- Great view enhanced by the sunset in the evening.
- It is a steep climb to the State Apartments.
- Guard change at 11:55 am, Baroque entrance, Double horseshoe staircase, Ceilings painted with the Labours of Hercules, Artwork, royal family portraits.
- Parking des Pecheurs.
- The State Apartments are not accessible to those in wheelchairs. Access only by stairs.
Princes Palace Of Monaco Ticket Prices
- Ticket is for State Apartments and Napoleon Museum: Adults- 8 Euros, Children (8-14 years old), Students- 4 Euros.
- Ticket price also includes admission to the attached Napoleon Museum.
- It is possible to buy a double ticket of the Palace and the Oceanographic Museum at 19 Euros for adults, 7 Euros for children aged 4-7, 9 Euros for children aged 8-12 and 11 Euros for children aged 13-18 and students.
How To reach Princes Palace Of Monaco by Public Transport
- Monaco Bus line 1 or 2, which ends at the Place de la Visitation bus stop and signed Terminus Monaco-Ville. The bus stop is next to the Museum Chapelle de la Visitation.
Restaurants Near Princes Palace Of Monaco
- Castelroc (French, highly expensive, casual)
- La Montgolfiere Henri Geraci, it is highly rated (French, moderately expensive, casual)
- Creperie du rocher (French/Italian, inexpensive, casual)
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I’ve been to a lot of palaces, but this one is probably the most beautiful. Really great history and the audio guide (which I usually hate) was really informative and well put together. I loved the descriptions of all of the decorations and where they came from. The fact that it’s an actual palace still being used is extra special. The village surrounding the palace is quite beautiful too so you could spend at least half the day around the palace itself. Wonderful views.
Absolutely beautiful view! Several places to take good pictures at. P.S!! There are several steps/stairs to climb before getting to the top and no elevators too. So be sure you’re fit for the journey. But it’s absolutely worth it in the end! Live every tourist sight, souvenirs and snacks are quite pricey at the palace. In all, make sure you take great pictures 😊😊
Nothing much to see in the palace itself. But the views from here of the city, the harbour and the sea are beautiful. The walk up to this point is also nice and relaxing. Not the kind of place I would want to visit again because there's nothing much once you experience the city views. But for someone who likes and enjoys cities this would be a great place.
This was so beautiful and so much fun! Some tips: you can book your tickets online but just be aware it takes some time for it to be on the Palace system (e.g. we went 20 mins after booking online and they could not scan our tickets from the phone because they didn't have it in their system yet. Not a major inconvenience or anything). It's worth getting the audio guide (available in English) and following along! No picture allowed inside. Nice views from the parapets as well!
One of the most interesting palaces I have seen during my times traveling Europe. Highly recommend a visit to it and the car collection if you are in Monaco