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Royal Palace of Madrid: Top 5 surprising facts about Spain's royal family

Royal Palace of Madrid architecture may not seem as impressive as Versailles from the outside, but the opulence of the interior and the Royal Palace of Madrid history will blow you away. Another bonus: So much more of this palace is open to explore freely.

Royal Palace of Madrid facts: The beginning

The Spanish Empire’s control of Europe ended with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, nearly a century before the Royal Palace of Madrid was built.

The Great Monarchies

The Royal Family has roots in both French and British monarchies, with the House of Bourbon in the seat since 1700 and today’s King and Queen being descendants of Queen Victoria.

Royal Palace of Madrid Spain’s Last Resident

The last monarch to live in the Royal Palace of Madrid was Alfonso XIII, who ruled throughout WWI, the Rif War in Morocco and the Spanish Civil War.

Royal Spanish Wedding

On May 22, 2004 the Crown Prince Felipe married former news anchor Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. It was the first true royal Spanish wedding for a century.

The Spanish Anthem

The Spanish national anthem is one that won’t inspire singing. Why? It has no lyrics. In 2008 a public contest was proposed for official lyrics, but no one agreed on the issue.

Our insider tips

Visit on a Wednesday—or don’t

Entrance to the Royal Palace is free on Wednesdays. This means that it’s more crowded, but maybe you’ll buy one of the highly recommended guided tours without paying the entry fee. Another advantage of visiting on Wednesday is that the Changing of the Guard takes place across the street every half hour during the morning. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the first Wednesday of the month, except in summers, you’ll find 450 soldiers in parade.

Royal Palace of Madrid tickets

The guided tour is fantastic for learning more Royal Palace of Madrid history—you can even go back and walk through the halls on your own afterwards. The Royal Armory, the Royal Pharmacy and the Paintings Gallery are all different tickets, too. Don’t skip the Royal Armory, its collection is one of the best in the world.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily October to March, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, April to September, 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Standard adult tickets start at 10€ and continue upwards with perks, tours and additional packages.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is definitely worth it. Not only will you learn about the city, you'll learn a lot of great historical facts.
  • How to get there
    Bus lines 3, 25, 39 and 148 all stop near the palace, or take underground lines 2 or 5 to the Opera Station.
  • Additional information

    • Check online for updates on certain areas that may be undergoing renovations and are therefore closed.

What people are saying about Royal Palace of Madrid

Very interesting tour of the Royal Palace

We had a great time on the tour our guide was very knowledgeable and nice and the palace itself is stunning. It was great to be able to skip the long lines to visit the palace which is definitely worth visiting. I would recommend this tour.

Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Miriam, 04/08/2018

Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. Moved well thru the palace

We really enjoyed our tour. Wonderful setting, with lots of stories and background info. Would recommend to others. Better than an audio tour for sure!

Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 03/07/2018

Outstanding Option to view this grand gem !

Loved the convinence of this early admission tour. Our tour group of twelve were the first to be admitted before the rest of the crowds. Amazingly , we didn't see another soul until we exited the palace at the end of the tour. Our tour guide was informative and we couldn't have asked for more in terms of his knowledge and history of this grand estate. Hint.... book the tour on Wednesday morning and you'll end the admission with the spectacular changing of the guard at the front of the palace.

Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Michael, 10/05/2017

Way more fun than I would have thought!!

I tried this because I thought the kids would like it. We all LOVED it! And Madrid seems to be the perfect place for a Segway with it's wide open spaces. I highly, highly recommend this, whether or not you have kids.

Madrid Segway Tours with 4 Route Options Reviewed by Ann, 08/26/2017

Our guide Juan was exceptional in every aspect.

Our guide Juan was exceptional in every aspect. This review comes from a professional tour guide.

Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Michail, 08/05/2017

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