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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 16 January 2012

I have seen many royal and prince's palaces, but this one is definitely least interesting. Tasteless exterior of the building and crowds waiting for the changing of the guards (at 1 pm as far as I remember) are really disappointing. The picture will be much nicer from downstairs, from a distance.

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Reviewed 30 December 2011

We stayed for the changing of the guards at 11:55 a.m. It was a very enjoyable visit. However the palace was closed in winter. We would have liked to view the state apartments.

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Reviewed 3 December 2011

A Pink Fairy Castle for a real Prince and Princess

Climb the attractive pedestrian path to the paved heights of Palace Square on top of ‘the rock’; enter through the old gateway dated 1553 and pause to gaze at the grandeur and the spectacular view over the yacht-strewn bay. The palace, which began as a fortress in the 13th-century, has crenellated towers and glows a beautiful, soft pink in the early morning and late afternoon sunshine. It is framed by tall, shady trees; flanked by cannons – a gift from Louis XIV; and surrounded by colourful boutiques and souvenir stands. There are red and white ‘toy-town’ guard boxes; puppet-like soldiers in quaint, white uniforms trimmed with red; and there is a ‘changing of the guard’ ceremony that takes place each day at 11.55 am and is reminiscent of the world of Christopher Robin! The palace is also the seat of government. Inside there are priceless murals; decorated ceilings; impressive furnishings and a wonderful, white marble staircase. It is open to the public during the summer months - but only when the Prince is away.

A door in the castle wall opens directly into the Napoleonic Museum where a genealogical tree traces the links between the Grimaldi and Bonaparte families. On display are the christening shoes and garments worn by Napoleon’s little son, the King of Rome, together with a bronze death mask of the Emperor and numerous uniforms, swords, coins and medals dating back to the early 19th-century. It is well worth a visit.

3  Thank Relais-Reviewer
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

I loved the Prince's Palace it was undoubtedly my favourite part of Monaco. I stayed at the Fairmont in Monte Carlo and decided to walk. It was a nice 20-minute walk around the marina and through town. However, you also have to scale about 400 stairs to get to the top of the cliff where the Palace resides. The next day I took the bus, which was 1 Euro and made the journey relaxing and quick. I did find that the Palace itself lacked a sense of direction. I did not find that there was enough signage and there were no Palace employees to answer questions. Nonetheless, I spent the afternoon wandering the grounds the milling through the tourist shops both of which were incredibly enjoyable!

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Reviewed 28 November 2011

the view from the palace courtyard is beatiful. you need to climb a lot of stairs (wide ones) in order to get to the palace. it overlooks the city, port and sea. you can watch the change of guards around noon. if you want to enter the palace you need to buy a ticket. there is a discount if you buy a combination tickets (includes a visit to the aqvarium and palace for example). cameras and strollers are not allowed inside the palace, and there are stairs, so if you have a baby prepare your baby carrier. the audio guide is included in the ticket, but the explanations are to long if you are with little children. the rooms are fabulous and interesting. outside there is good icecream and fantastic playground for young children. from the palace you can continue by foot through the gardens to the aqvarium.

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