Princes Palace Of Monaco, Monaco

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  • 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
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About Princes Palace Of Monaco, Monaco

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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Princes Palace Of Monaco, Monaco Reviews

  • Amazing Palace and history specially since it belongs to one family almost 1000 years ago. take the bus since the walk uphill is long. Breath taking view of the Monaco famous Marina. the palace is guarded by security walking outside its main doors. walked along the small little shop houses lovely good shops and restaurants with good prices.much recommended to visit if in Monaco.

  • The best experience is to catch the Change of Guards at 12:00 Exactly. A lot of visitors gather to witness a spectacular tradition of Changing of Guards in front of the palace. A bucket list experience to check out

  • Very underwhelming. Honestly, if it weren't so close to the gorgeous aquarium (that has awesome views at the top), I wouldn't even bother coming here. It looks like a fake castle at a Disneyland. Every 15 minutes or so you'll hear frantic parents telling their kids to come back because they've crossed the perimeter where the guards are watching. That's entertaining for like a minute.

  • The Palace itself maybe isn't quite as grand (at least on the outside, we didn't get see the inside) as many others around Europe, but it's still well worth a visit. Primarily because it's situated right near a small old-town area full of eateries and souvenir shops (as well as actual residences and other building on interest, like an old.court house) and the views from the palace hill over the bays of Monaco are pretty spectacular.

  • Close to the old town in Monaco this is a refreshing place in the midst of the noise and crowdy places "downtown" - very nice! Walk around the cape and go down through the Fort Antoine in Port Monaco, and to the newly built "stairs" outside the port. Great place to chill...

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