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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Things to Know Before Visiting Princes Palace Of Monaco
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
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Princes Palace Of Monaco, Monaco Reviews
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.
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.
The place is really worth visiting! After you reach the hill, what is a little challenge in the heat if you are here in the summer, you can enjoy a visit to the beautiful chambers of the palace. The visiting track is not very long but more than worth the price of 8 EUR. It is not allowed to take pictures or make videos. Amazing interiors, paintings and furniture. I enjoyed as well the quality of the audio guide.
Definitely worth a visit. Just don't go immediately after the changing of the guards as there will be a big lineup. To purchase the tickets, go into the gift shop located on the grounds, across from the palace. No worries you can't miss it. Ticket purchases are quick as there are many tellers. So see the changing of the guards at 11.50 and go buy your tickets. Then go to the car exhibit and then to the palace.
Beautiful themed rooms inside. Even the court yard is decorated. Painting of princess Grace was personal highlight. Guide commentary was useful. Warning photography is forbidden, and strictly enforced.