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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  • No pictures allowed in most of it, so hard to convey to others the level of luxury and opulence. Still a working palace at times. Really stunning...try not to think about the source all of that gold. 
    No pictures allowed in most of it, so hard to convey to others the level of luxury and opulence. Still a working palace at times. Really stunning...try not to think about the source all of that gold.  more »
  • This is a must-see while in Madrid. Old history comes together with today's Royal family and you'll learn of the important events which have taken place at this palace. There are certain rooms... 
    This is a must-see while in Madrid. Old history comes together with today's Royal family and you'll learn of the important events which have taken place at this palace. There are certain rooms...  more »
  • Please do not miss a visit to The Royal Palace. It is worth seeing and the guide was very helpful . The paintings are magnificent. 
    Please do not miss a visit to The Royal Palace. It is worth seeing and the guide was very helpful . The paintings are magnificent.  more »
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  • Grand palace done better with audio guided tour. You can download the app in your own phone and use your own earphones if you don't want to pay for the tablet they provide. It's same. I personally liked the gems- embedded tables. The waiting queue was in scorching heat and it's better to carry umbrella and water. Just outside the palace we also saw an international youth dance group who were performing for the crowd and recording.
  • I have to say I've been to a lot of countries, a few places including Versailles and dozens of museums. Vatican ceilings were cool. I grew up with Viscaya in Miami. This blows them all out of the water. I wish i could take pictures. The armory: incredible. Excellent intact collection. The show armor was exquisite. The king and queen's apartments, the embroidery, the instruments, the woodwork... It's all incredible. Unbelievable. Each king had their own "brand". Check for it on the walls of their personalized rooms.
  • Royal Palace of Madrid is the 9th largest palace in the world, but it seems that only a small portion of it is open to the public. This may actually be good because it's less tiring. I was there at the beginning of December. Maybe because it's not a tourist season or because of Corona I did not wait at all to buy a ticket (I bought a regular one, without the Royal Kitchen which requires a guided tour at certain times). The palace is nice - similar to other big palaces. I did not take any audio guide and did not join any group. Just walked by myself reading occasionally the explanations in various rooms (they are in Spanish and English). You have a certain path to follow, restricted by ropes, so you don't have to wonder where to go next. I finished it in about an hour. The ticket includes also an armory, which you enter from the square before the palace. It is really a highlight of the visit. A very nice display of knights on the horses and just standing with all the weapons etc. Great display, especially for kids.
  • This was our first time to Madrid. The Real Palace is a must see whilst here. It was busy as it was a Saturday 10:30am. I would recommend booking ahead as the queues to go in we're long. €12 pp, roughly 2 hours walking round. Very interesting, amazing beyond belief the sheer opulence and magnificence of people past. Unreal how clever they were. Masks to be worn whilst in the palace, staff were guiding you to different areas as it was busy.
  • This was great….. €12 euro to enter with no audio guide. However they have free times on certain days from 5-7pm. Beautiful inside and out. I didn’t get the audio guide and regret it as I didn’t really know what I was looking at…. Still beautiful

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