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Palacio de Cristal, Madrid

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Palacio de Cristal originally served as a greenhouse for exotic plants, but now houses art exhibits sponsored by the Reina Sofia. Built entirely of iron and glass, it reaches 22 m (72 ft) at its highest. Watch ducks and geese swim in pond next to the structure and walk around the pond to get views of the palace from a distance. Bring a picnic and rest in the grass in the surrounding park. Make Palacio de Cristal a centerpiece of your Madrid vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Madrid tour planner.
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  • Different from everything, it fascinated me the first time I saw him, and the second to fascinate me again! Beautiful...
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  • The lights can be beautiful in the mid afternoon but otherwise it will not blow you away. It is pretty boring for a kid and you had to walk for quite a distance to reach it. When we'd been there the p...  more »
  • The Palace is located within the parque Del Retiro extremely nice, during the visit there was an exhibition made with animal bones very interesting. The architecture of the Palace is impressive.
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  • So beautiful! I didn't get to go inside this time but it is worth to check out from outside as well.
  • Pretty building to check out if you're in the park, but such a waste to be used for weird exhibits. Won't it be interesting if they can rent it out for an event or parties? Just saying. IG 📷: thearchitectdraws
  • Nice glass building with surprisingly clean windows. Inside there was a very small exhibition of weird modern art "apparently" and old devices, like typewriters and such. Right in front of the palacio you can find stairs leading right into the small lake with a fountain and some turtles. Must see if you are in Retiro.
  • Worth visiting just to view the architecture based on glass. An xray vision of the building. ;) Nice walk in the park.
  • The Crystal Palace is such a beautiful structure. I've been here a dozen of times and there is always something new inside. My favorite time to go is in the evening when the shadows are long and the colors are subtle.