Palais du Prince
Just above the artistic old city, with all her narrow roads, walkways and the cozy places and spots, one cannot help but notice the great Castle. Some remains of the Castle can be traced back to the 13th century. The strong foundations though derive their origin from the 17th century. Do visit our official website for more information.
This is without a doubt one of the biggest attractions of the city. It is the builders of this Paris Opera, who erected this grand facility in 1878. The Casino is located within an ambient assortment of Gardens whose beauty is magnified by a great view of the sea.
The Port is situated in La Condamine the part of the city with many sky scrapers. One can easily observe the many big and luxurious yachts which dock by the shore all year long.
Jardin Animalier (The Zoo)
The popular animal facility is located at the extreme end of the west beach. The zoo’s presence is also accentuated by a beautiful view of the Sea and Cap d'Ail.
Jardin Exotique (Tropical garden)
Jardin Exotique houses a unique collection of cactus plants and other succulent plant species, which originate from numerous far and dry regions of the world: from Mexico, the south-west of the USA, Central and South America, as well as South and East Africa. Due to the different origins of the plants, the garden blossoms all year round. The most impressive blossoms of all can be seen in winter among the aloes and the African Crassula, and during spring and summer on the other hand it is the multitude of cactus plants that look impressive, some of which reach gigantic heights. From Jardin Exotique you can get a breathtaking view of the Fürstentum and the French and Italian Riviera.
A visit to the grottos of the observatory, as well as the museum for pre-historic anthropology is included in the entrance price and very recommendable. Every full hour at a depth of 48 – 90 m, visitors can observe a variety of rock formations in the natural grotto (stalagmites, stalactites, pillars, veils, etc).
The museum for pre-historic anthropology, which was founded in 1902 by Prince Albert I, is located near the grotto of the observatory. On display are pre-historic remains which were found in the Fürstentum and in the neighbouring regions. Official Website
Le Musée Océanographique
The maritime museum in Monaco-Ville covers three floors. There are several acquariums in the basement with an impressive diversity of creatures from the Mediterranean Sea.
You can go and admire living plankton and the microscopic fauna from the tropical and Mediterranean acquariums in the micro-acquarium. Awaiting the visitor on the ground floor are short exhibitions and organized presentations held in at regular intervals, as well as a souvenir-boutique. When you go a floor higher you will find one of the most important collections of creatures from the Mediterranean Sea, which was instituted by Prince Albert the First of Monaco.
Apart from numerous preparations, this collection also offers gigantic skeletons of extraordinary sea creatures, as well as some devices used in the days when ocean research was just beginning. Official Website
The principality of Monaco, which is the smallest sovereign state in the world after the Vatican, lies on the Mediterranean coast, surrounded by France, and approx. 14 km from the Italian border. It has 2 centres: Monaco-Ville which stands on a rock outcrop jutting out to the sea and the mundane new town of Monte Carlo located on the other side of the port. In between them lies the port and business centre of La Condamine.
The western edge of the territory is marked by the industrial area of Fontvieille. The closed urban landscape however extends far beyond the narrow state borders. The town of Beausoleil on the slopes of Mont des Mules in the North of Monte Carlo, which lies completely on French soil, already has more inhabitants today than the Monegasque city districts of La Condamine or Monte Carlo. Even the largest sports grounds in the principality, Golf Course, Country Club and the Monte Carlo Beach lie outside state boundaries.