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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  • I didn‘t have the opportunity to go inside, but alone from the outside it was very impressive. The king is apparently not there every day. The nearby park is worth a walk.  more »
  • Since you're approaching the place you realize the Majesty that actually has both the Palace itself and throughout the area, with its large squares, the Cathedral and the Royal theatre. To visit the best thing is to take Guide.
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  • So much to see in the various rooms included in the tour, amazing high ceilings with incredible art throughout, next door to the Royal Chapel (free of charge) and worth seeing. Suggest buying tickets ...  more »
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  • It seems this palace has some history. Nice architecture and surroundings. A big space infront of the palace might have been used for celebrations. Spanish kings have real royal taste. I didn't go inside but from outside you can spend hours just looking at it. I clicked some photos as well, its a bit difficult to include everything in one but i managed at last. One can also enter into the palace with a ticket and a security check, its worth to go inside, do not hesitate. My friends were really excited looking at the palace and dome on the opposite side. I met some tourists who were clicking some photos as well. I think people will like these photos that i have uploaded. I think best route to there is using the metro line, few bus stations are also nearby. Feel free to ask for directions and details from people in a van which says information. So i recommend this palace as a must to visit in Madrid.
  • This Palace is a must see. We did the audio self guided tour and is was good. We went in June and it was quite crowded. Crowd control while looking at the exhibits can be an issue. Hence my four stars. There are many beautiful things to look at to keep one occupied.
  • The tour we had with a local guide was fabulous. This is a stunningly beautiful place, furnished and ready for guests. The crowd control could be improved. There were a large number of guests using tablet -based tour information who did not understand that our group was trying to stay close to our guide.
  • Incredible! Would recommend the audio tour because few English signs. Takes a couple hours. Arrive early to avoid long lines...we got there about 930 am and people were already queued. By 12 ish as we were leaving they were put of audio guides. Make sure to get in the line for individuals not tour groups. Can also consider buying tickets in advance online for a shorter wait.
  • Big and beautiful but the no photo policy and rude guards yelling no photos ruin the experience. Versailles is a much better experience and much more interesting. I found all staff very impolite in general as if people were not paying to go in .

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Where to stay in Madrid

The Spanish capital is known for its array of distinct neighborhoods each with its own appeal. An affordable and easy-to-navigate metro system, which makes it is easy to get around Madrid gives you more flexibility in choosing where to stay. Perhaps the most popular choice is Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city center and one of the main tourist attractions with its numerous shops, affordable hotels, and restaurants. Close by is Gran Via street, one of the city's main arteries, which is also home to a number of hotels. A short walk from here is Plaza España where the city's most iconic landmarks lie, including the Royal Palace and the Teatro Royal. For somthing outside the traditional tourist areas, consider staying in La Latina or Malasaña, two bohemian neighborhoods that offer a wide range of eclectic shops, quaint cafes, and lively bars.
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