Princes Palace Of MonacoCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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95% of people who visit Monaco include Princes Palace Of Monaco in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
39.85% of people start their Princes Palace Of Monaco visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Princes Palace Of Monaco
57.14% of people prefer walking in order to reach Princes Palace Of Monaco
Nice place to visit. They are building a tower over the sea to be soul from this palace. After a few years may be it ll be awesome plus!
This place is so clean and well maintained it makes you feel like you are in Disneyland. And you kind of are. A playground for the very rich! I was taken by all of the expensive sports cars normally seen in magazines driving all over. Beautiful view of the Meditation sea. Well worth visiting.
Beautiful Palace, Breathtaking views of the city from both ends of the palace. Change of Guards is something which shouldn't be missed. Generally crowds up in summers. A monopod should be a good thing to carry as a lot of people try to click pictures. Quick foods like Pizzas, Burgers & Sandwiches are easily available in nearby restaurants and shops. Worth spending a few hours and Enjoy the beauty of Monaco.
Beautiful views. A true sense of the history of Monaco. Full of little shops and bars. Worth the trip up.
Went to watch the changing of the guard. Defiantly recommended it was a great show but it soon gets busy about 15 minutes before 12, it's a lovely palace and the surrounding area is so beautiful too. We didn't go into the museum but there was still lots to do around. The little village is great and the oceanographic museum is up there too. It is a real trek to get up there though with lots of sloped steps and gets very hot very quickly.