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Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid

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Explore at least a few of the 2,000 lavishly decorated rooms of the historic Royal Palace of Madrid, considered one of the finest buildings in the city. Take the grand stairway to discover the state rooms, noted for their detailed tapestries, frescoes, porcelain, carvings, china, and silverware. The courtyard connects to both the old pharmacy, which holds hundreds of bottles of centuries-old medicines, and the royal armory, a two-level exhibit of medieval weapons and armor. Although the enormous palace is the official residence of the King, the royal family doesn’t actually live here; the site is generally used for state ceremonies. Avoid visiting on Wednesdays, when entry is free and the lines are extremely long. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Madrid holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Royal Palace of Madrid and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A sample of European royalty that Americans aren't used to seeing, very interesting guided tour.
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  • Impressive nice to not miss this beautiful walk area. Large gardens and family area.
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  • I had the palace on my agenda one afternoon. When I arrived, the que line was about 300 people long in the hot sun. I suggest buying a ticket in advance or purchasing the Madrid pass for expedited ent...  more »
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  • This palace is incredible, so many room with such intricate detail and stunning art. There are often crowds but it's worth the hassle. I really enjoy all the information the guides provide.
  • 11Euros per entry. The queue was not long - we got in after 20 mins of queue at 2pm. It would be great if they could let us take photos of the rooms - the friezes on the walls are breathtaking! We spent around 2 hours in the main palace, and another good hour or more in the armoury. Good way to spend the afternoon especially on a rainy day. In hindsight we should have bought the audioguide. The information placards in the rooms are too brief.
  • Nice and beautiful palace. Make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time, we didn't and ended up waiting for 40 minutes. There are 2 lines, a ticket and no ticket line, there was nobody waiting in the ticket line. There is a guided tour and an audio guide for 4 and 3 euros. Only reason why I gave 4 stars is because you're not able to take pictures inside the halls, that's why there are not a lot of pictures from inside the palace. We spent about 1.5 hours in there, at the end of the tour there's a café if you want.
  • The Royal Palace offers free entry on Mondays to Thursdays from 6pm to residents of the EU or Latin American countries. You MUST have proof, such a passport or ID card. I arrived about 5:30 and there was quite a lengthy queue already, but when the doors opened at 6 we were let in quite quickly and were inside by 6;15. There is a one way route through the palace and photos are not permitted once you get inside. Although each room has information in English about the room, I would recommend taking an additional guide to get the most out of it.
  • Wonderful palace and a must see in Madrid, but there's just a little bit of info in English. I do recommend an audio guide.