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pinir67
Hod Hasharon, Israel536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Changing of the guards ceremony is being held daily at 11:50am and lasts for 10 minutes. This ancient ceremony is being held the same way for few hundred of years so if only for the tredition it is worth watching.
Try and come 10-15 minutes earlier to take a spote at the ropes for best photo opportunities.
Written September 30, 2022
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lindadownunder
Perth, Australia2,943 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
My husband and I were lucky enough to see the changing of the palace Guards when we went to visit the palace.
We also were able to witness Prince Albert leaving the palace.
Written June 5, 2017
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Dustin C
New York City, NY231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
I would suggest starting by getting there around 1130h and heading over to the ticket office to purchase your ticket for the Palace tour. There is a 30 minute or so audio guide that you get when yo check in. If you are looking at the palace front turn to your left and head over to the ticket and souvenir office. I purchased the combined Palace and Oceanography Museum ticket for 19 EUR. You can go whenever you want but the ticket must be used the same day.

If you are interested at 1155 there is the changing of the guard in from of the palace. I enjoy these traditions and the guards booties are nice to look at in their tight white pants. I suggest standing to the left of the palace kind of close to the entrance for the tour. This way right after the guard switch to over you can enter the palace before everyone else. You kind of get ahead of the pack this way. The changing of the guard lasts 5-10 minutes and some saluting and trumpet and drum playing.

The palace had some of the most attentive security screening I have been to. You are admitted one person at a time. You bag is thoroughly inspected and you walk through a metal detector. The metal detector is the norm but the focus which they look through your bag was a bit surprising. The situation is also very controlled. The guards for the palace do the searching. After that you walk up to a window and pick your language for your audio guide. There are many signs up stating no photography allowed in the palace but you are also told this by the guards and person handing you the audio guide.

The audio guide is a bit like a small old nokia phone that you can plug your own headphones into or hold up to your ear and listen. You simply go in the order it directs you and press the green button when you are ready for the next section to begin. You can go at your own pace but I would say it takes about 30-45 minutes to do the tour.

They are very strict with the photo policy. I am always conscious to respect places wishes. I did see a palace employee stop some people who were taking pictures then they physically took the phone form the tourist and deleted the photos they had taken from the phone. I never understand why people can't follow direction but I will also say I have never witnessed such enforcement.

You go through about 10 rooms or so and an open air interior courtyard. A lot of the palace is covered up because they are actively restoring it. This was a bit disappointing but obviously a necessity. I asked about when they expected it to be over and they explained there was no timeline. While doing some of the restorations they have found additional frescos they were unaware of so it will take even longer.

I would say I was most impressed by the thrown room When I visited it was not undergoing any renovations and it was captivating to be in the room thrown and all. There is a large painting of Grace and her family.

It is definitely worth the time and really felt like the heart of the city i was visiting. After you finish the tour walk around the old town, eat, and then enjoy the aquarium.
Written October 25, 2017
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LCPL
Quebec, Canada54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The day I was at the Palace, our tour guide said the guards would be changing at 1 pm and again at 2 pm. I can't remember now which one we caught, but I was surprised that there were only three guards that came and went and the rest of the time there was only 1 or 2 guards outside the palace. Typically, other Changing of the Guards ceremonies I have seen (England, Sweden) they have a large group of guards and quite an elaborate routine, which is quite entertaining. I was quite disappointed. Perhaps they only do something larger at noon???
Written July 21, 2019
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Bahrain reviews
Manama, Bahrain3,263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
-Verdict 4/5
-Duration: 15 mins; starts at 11:50am
-Fees: N/A

- Info: The Palace Guards is a 10-15 minute event, involving the guards marching, stomping, and handling their guns.

-My experience: Always keep into consideration the size of Monaco to set the right expectation for any sights or attractions like this. It will be unfair or realistic to compare with the other much larger cities in France or Europe. The event is thus smaller scale, but is nice to see if you happen to be around to visit the palace which is a recommended thing.
Written May 12, 2016
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gillv63
Paradise Point, Australia579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
At 11:55am everyday you can see the changing of the guards outside the princes palace. Hop on a bus and get off at the end of the line. Lovely short walk through the surrounding streets to the open square in front of the palace. The change over takes about 10 minutes and the crowds in winter are negligible. Soldiers in smart uniforms - reminiscent of toy soldiers - but they are very serious. The views from the edge of the square are lovely too.
Written January 4, 2016
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Vicki
London, UK648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
Well co-ordinated and wonderful display with a band that entertained the crowds during the Changing of the Guards at the Palace. Liked their uniforms as well. Not to be missed!
Written December 7, 2014
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Norb W
Tucson, AZ257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
We had been to Monaco once before and missed the changing of the guard by 30 minutes. So this time, the guide assured us we would be there in time and would tell us where to stand for a perfect view. We arrived at about 11:15 AM. Our guide advised our group to be at the palace before 11:55 AM, no after or we would miss the whole event. He took us to the spot for view which was right in front of the palace. We were able to get right up to the chain in front of the palace at 11:30 AM, where the activity occurs. We planted our selves in front for 25 minutes and it was worth the wait. You wouldn't believe the number of people that arrived for the event.

Exactly at 11:55, the changing ceremony began. A drum and bugle corps march up to the palace with the incoming guards behind. They line up, then the on duty guard comes out and faces the incoming group. With a series of commands and drill team movements, the new guard takes his post and the old guard leaves behind the drum and bugle corps.

Remember for the best view, go up the the center part of the palace against the chain early and get your spot, The changing ceremony is 11:55 AM sharp, not before.

You can do all your shopping after the ceremony as well as have lunch, and explore the surrounding especially the garden area.
Written November 17, 2014
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Richard G
Exeter, UK502 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
I wouldn't advise making a special effort to see the Changing of the Guard, but if you're around it's worth seeing if only to remind yourself how much better we Brits do these things! You really need to be in position by 11.45 to get a good view.
Written December 29, 2013
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ThomasTellsAll
Salt Lake City, UT91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
The view from the palace in either direction is spectacular. On one side you look upon Monte Carlo and its marina. One the other you look upon a new section of the city that was created by filling in the sea with rocks to make space for an increase to the land of the city by 20%. It is quite spectacular. The ceremony of the changing of the guard is very interesting and great for kids!!
Written July 26, 2013
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