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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  • August 20, 2017
    It is the official residence of the King of Spain and is considered the largest Royal Palace in Europe. The Royal family don't usually live long there. She uses the Palace for events, the Palace has more than 100 rooms, is beautiful! The rooms are beautiful! Has a cost of 10E to enter the Palace. recommend!!
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  • August 20, 2017
    Beautiful building but empty. A few tapestries and a few statuettes and that's it. We're doing one to 2 hours under 35 ° for a half-hour visit. At the end it says if you want to see more go to SEGOVIA.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Impressive castle, large. Some rooms impressive. Lots of artwork, like other castles but with different kings and queens in the pictures. No crown jewels on display. Good walking shoes needed  more »
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  • Worth a visit. If you go without a guide make sure you buy an audio guide, they are very handy and give good explanations. If you have a backpack you will have to leave it in the lockers. You have to put one euro on the inside of the locker. I saw lots of people struggling with it since there are no signs to tell you so. In general, a must stop while in Madrid but beware of the extremely rude guards. I saw more than one verbal abuse including to children that I saw were not misbehaving just a bit tired and once or twice leaned against something and within 5 seconds of it the guards let them have it big time. I felt something turning inside me every time it happened. I mean, I know they are there to take care of things but it was just hey way they did it that it was wrong. It was just a bit too much. Will I go back? Not in a long while!!!
  • This is one of the most well preserved palaces that I have visited. It is the official residence to the King of Spain. However, the officials use it only for formal activities. The Palace highlights a decor from the days of European wealth. Indeed, there are carpets from the Arab lands, glass from Italy and silk tapestries from India and China. The furniture is unique and some made from wood that came from Africa. There are decoration pieces from South America. If you want to experience how the nobility lived, you should stroll throughout the rooms and stately hallways. Do not live without walking the grounds. From the main door and in the patio, a short walk to the right leads you to an area in which there is a view of the city. There is also a gift shop. There is a small cost to this attraction and it is recommended to visit early in the mornings - A viajar!! Go and Travel!!
  • Enjoyed the place!! Audioguide comes in handy so lend it you can. You will get a nice and comprehensive 1h tour :-) Queues were long but went quite fast so waiting in a queue, purchasing my ticket and lending audioguide didn't took more than half an hour. It was a great spot. Highly recommended if you are in Madrid.
  • The palace is beautiful and very well preserved. We went in May thus it was not very busy so we could take our time. The audio guide is a must, at 3€ it is a steal as it comes with a big phone that shows pictures and videos as well and let's you choose what level of detail you want on your tour. The decorations and layout really let you know why it looks the way it does.
  • Very well kept palace. There is so much to see, so plan your day accordingly and make sure you get to explore the whole thing. They don't allow taking pictures inside. Also the prices are really cheap, and you can use a student discount if you have an ID card.

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Where to stay in Madrid

The Spanish capital is known for its array of distinct neighborhoods each with its own appeal. An affordable and easy-to-navigate metro system, which makes it is easy to get around Madrid gives you more flexibility in choosing where to stay. Perhaps the most popular choice is Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city center and one of the main tourist attractions with its numerous shops, affordable hotels, and restaurants. Close by is Gran Via street, one of the city's main arteries, which is also home to a number of hotels. A short walk from here is Plaza España where the city's most iconic landmarks lie, including the Royal Palace and the Teatro Royal. For somthing outside the traditional tourist areas, consider staying in La Latina or Malasaña, two bohemian neighborhoods that offer a wide range of eclectic shops, quaint cafes, and lively bars.
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