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“Be there for the changing of the guards”
Review of Prince's Palace

Prince's Palace
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bask in the unabashed opulence of this palace, decked out in colored marbles and gold plating.
Reviewed December 26, 2012

It's perched high on a hill, with fantastic views of the harbour below. A mix of architecture that in places dates back several hundred years, and in other parts is much more recent. It was smaller than I expected, but then Monaco is a small country. It's been the home of the Grimaldi family for many generations now.

Best time to visit is around 11:55AM when the changing of the guards ceremony takes place. Police cordon off all the surrounding streets during the ceremony, so may as well stay and watch. It's quite interesting and a bit of local pageantry.

Nearby is the Monaco Cathedral, final resting place of Prince Rainier and his much loved wife Princess Grace Kelly. It's also a must see.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

I did like the palace but from the other side which facing the sea . Tickets are cheap . you can reach the palace by hip on hip off bus from anywhere within the city . Dont miss the guards change .

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

An interesting place to visit set upon the Rock in Monaco. Easily reached from the centre of Monte Carlo by buses 1 and 2.

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Perched high above the harbour and a short stroll from the cathedral lies the Prince's Palace.
It's located in a large paved square on a cliff-face and reminders of the history of this town are everywhere, including original canons and canon balls when the palace was part of the fort.
Well worth a look, if not for the palace itself, then for the breath-taking views across the harbour and Monaco.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Originally an old Genoan Fortress (1191-1215), the Palais du Prince today is the official residence of Grace Kelly's son and his wife Charlene Wittstock. I appreciated the simple but elegant exterior Itailanate style of the palace with it's outstanding views of the harbor. The changing of the guard occurs at 12 noon and it lasts less than five minutes. Try to be there a little before 12 so you do not miss the ceremony. The Interior is in sharp contrast to it's exterior simplicity. The palace is open to tours between April-October and costs about $10 USD. For the cost of a ticket you can see the Throne room were official receptions are held. Luxurious state rooms which are reminiscent of Louis XIV. The Mirror Gallery which you must pass through is also extraordinary as it imitates Versailles with 16th century frescoes of mythological figures on the walls. The highlight for me was the Napoleanic museum. The overall effect was more museum than palace. What I did not like was the fact that photos of any type are not allowed. I do think the palace represents good value and can easily be included with St. Martin's park and the Musee Oceanographique de Monaco which are within short walking distance. If the flag is up the royal family is in.

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