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Palacio de Cristal, Madrid

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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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  • This is the most beautiful building in the Retiro . Sadly it is a beautiful empty building , but it has been beautifully restored and well worth a visit .  more »
  • Driving through Retiro Park with the gorgeous landscaping to see this beautiful glass structure is definitely worth the effort. It really is lovely and quite unique!  more »
  • Not to be outdone by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s 1851–1852 Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, Madrid’s Palacio de Cristal is a glass and metal structure located in the western end of Retiro Park. It ...  more »
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  • Very nice looking place in the middle of the park. The only set back is that there isn't much to do there other that just stare. Would. Definitely enjoy a Concert there due to its sound capabilities.
  • It was pretty but it wasn't as big as I had anticipated and the inside was all open so basically it was a small palace with no rooms and it happened to be made out of glass. It was cool! Just not all I thought it was cracked up to be.
  • So gorgeous! I was really excited to see this palace and it did not disappoint! Beautiful walk through the park. Not far to reach.
  • It's a long walk to get there through the park but even though it was closed, the building is spectacular and worth the trek. Check out the terrapins in the lake!
  • A small large pond in front of this place is home to many turtles that like to lay in sun and admire the view. I suggest you do same as turtle.