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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  • Not to be missed! the most beautiful sight of Madrid!!! It's great either. inside and out! ha.una amazing story and every room of breathtaking! not to be missed! The top floor of the building you will also find a great table where you spend very little and eat warm very well!
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  • It is the first time I have visited the Royal Palace and was very amazed by its beauty and Majesty since it is highly touted for tourists as for example the Palace of Versailles, the truth worth visiting
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  • It's a beautiful building, it's worth it for the local architecture and your story, but anything beyond that, to visit the interior of the place is recommended to arrive 1 hour before to ensure the ticket.
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  • Just get off the hop on hop off bus. Stops right next to it. Amazing place. Only 10€ well worth it. I would recommend getting the audio guide. Hire is 3€. However they do take a swipe of either a credit or debit card so have one handy if want to do. It made my walking tour with my husband so much more informative . Place is beautiful and has some lovely views of the local area. It took us about 2.5 hours to do.
  • The place was stunning such an amazing place. I love the armory with all the old military dress. I do recommend taking the tour of the kitchen. It is amazing to see how they made the palace function so many years ago. All the security is very friendly and helpful. For the price of admission it is well worth it. I would recommend it for young and old alike.
  • Another of the "must sees" on any visit to Madrid. Well worth getting there as early as possible to avoid the crowds and to enable you to make the most of your visit. We got there shortly after opening and walked straight in, but by the time we left an hour or so later queues were building up and it was a very hot day (no shade). Be aware rucksacks aren't allowed in, but lockers are available and you get your euro back. A one way system is in operation taking you from room to room. The palace has everything you would expect from a royal residence. Make sure you don't miss the armoury in the palace wing, it's well worth visiting and offers views over Madrid. Also nearby are the cathedral and the crypt, both worth visiting. The best views of the palace are to be had from the park a three hundred yards or so to the right of the palace as you look at it. Our guide books indicated you could walk in the large park behind the palace, but we found this not to be the case when we visited. It was surrounded by a high fence with only one gate. This happened to be open, but a guard was turning everyone away.
  • Amazing experience we enjoyed visiting it. 25euro was the ticket cost but it was worth it . Things were well explained on audio guide. Each and every passage and room was wonderfully decorated. Portraits of royal family was on the walls. Family tree from their ancestors with portraits were there too. We enjoyed the chips and soft drinks in the cafe too.
  • Gorgeous palace. Possibly one of the best in the world. If you love history or would like to see what the past was like, this would be a great place because everything is well-preserved. It's like stepping into the past. Cameras are not allowed beyond the entrance though. I would also recommend hiring a local guide to take you on a personal tour and to go early. You won't regret it.
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