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Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Madrid European capital to visit the Prado Museum, the Royal Palace and many beautiful churches. You should also visit neighbouring countries such as Segovia and Toledo
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  • How beautiful, how grand, how amazing? Our guide book rightly praised this buildings style and grace. We approached it first of all from the extensive gardens below. Fabulous! We then walked round to ...  read more »
  • If you've visited other palaces in Europe, another visit becomes a cookie cutter. The interesting thing here is that this Palace's rooms are used by the current royal family for state functions, and c...  read more »
  • It's free for citizens of the EU and of iberoamerican countries on certain days, which is a nice offer i think. There was a large queue for entering, but it moved forward quite rapidly and even inside there were not too many people. Definitely a must see in Madrid in my opinion, as you can learn a lot about the past and present Spanish monarchy. The place is also still used for official banquets and Spain's treaty for becoming a member of the EU was signed here
  • 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.
  • Unlike many other palaces you may visit, this Palace is actually still in use! Each room (that visitors get to see) is beautiful and seems to be decorated according to their purpose. There is one room in particular that few visitors seem to mention or realise its significance, and that is the Stradivarius Room- it is in this room that you get to see a viola, a violoncello, and two violins made by the legendary luthier Antonio Stradivari. For Classical Music lovers, it is such a treat to be able to see with your very eyes, Stradivari's Spanish Quartet that has a value of 100 million euros. There are audio guides available for purchase, but also tours that you can join for a more in depth understanding of the palaces' rooms. While you are allowed to take photos of the lovely staircase as you enter the Palace, photos of the palace rooms are strictly prohibited. The best way to avoid disappointment of not being able to go into the palace on your chosen day is to go onto the Palace's official website and buy your tickets in advance. Not only will you avoid the spiralling long queues to get in, you will also be able to plan and see which days the palace will not be open to visitors. All information on which days the palace will be closed, partially closed etc. is listed in advance on the page where you can buy tickets.
  • It is free on certain days so be sure to check the website. On days that they are free, one can expect a queue so just be prepared. Despite so, I think they keep a good control on the numbers allowed inside the compound. So you will not be rubbing shoulders against others and generally have more space to yourself.
  • Excellent! Guided tour with headsets for everyone. Beautiful location full of history. The tour takes you through various rooms in the palace, each with its own theme and priceless art. Also, don't forget to walk across the front courtyard to see the wonderful armory exhibit with two floors of armor and arms.
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