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Top sights in Madrid
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
- 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
Our guide Irene was first class. Very knowledgable and eloquent with her information. Group size was 15, so not too large. Palace itself is very opulent and well worth the visit. Only down side was we got caught up behind large group of Japanese visitors, so entry through security was a bit slow. Would definitely recommend.
Our tour was the first of the day and we had the palace virtually to ourselves for almost an hour. Our guide took full advantage of this and gave us a very complete and informative tour in a relaxed atmosphere. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to select the best topics on which to focus, unimpeded.
Very knowledgable and friendly guide. I appreciated the small size of our tour (8 people total). Our guide took us through at a perfect pace and definitely knew the palace. Our only complaint, was that the meeting spot was difficult to find and we had trouble reaching the tour company to figure it out.
It was great to get into the palace at 09.00 h in the morning before the crowd. Our guide Benny was the best guide you could wish to have. He knew everything and was highly motivated to present us the royal palace. Thank you so much! We would book the tour again!
Our guide, Pablo was very informative and entertaining. We did have to wait for some people in our group who were late to arrive. The earlier tour (9:00) was a plus for beating some of the crowds as well as the heat.