Princes Palace Of Monaco

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  • Address: Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville 98000, Monaco, Monte Carlo
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  • 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.

Princes Palace Of Monaco Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Princes Palace Of Monaco

  • 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

  • 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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  • Princes Palace Of Monaco Address: Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville 98000, Monaco, Monte Carlo
  • Princes Palace Of Monaco Contact Number: 377-93251831
  • Princes Palace Of Monaco Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Princes Palace Of Monaco Price: 8 EUR
  • Time required to visit Princes Palace Of Monaco: 01:30 Hrs
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