Hapsburgs Madrid walking tour and skip-the-line entrance to Prado Museum
- Discover the world renowned Prado Museum
- Explore Plaza Mayor, the heart of Hapsburg Madrid
- Take in the stunning Renaissance and Baroque architecture of the city
Discover on this walking tour the most emblematic buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque period of Madrid. Habsburg is the name given to Madrid when the Habsburg dynasty reigned in Spain. This reign began with Charles I, who enriched the city with palaces and monuments. Later on, Philip II made it the capital of Spain and the city grew dramatically.
The journey through the Renaissance and Baroque style buildings of this era is perhaps one of the most picturesque and representative of Madrid. During the tour, you will stop at one of the most emblematic cafés of this popular area of Madrid, where you will be offered a drink.
The building that today houses the Prado Museum was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. However, the building's final purpose - as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures - was the decision of the monarch's grandson, King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza.
Prado Museum opened to the public for the first time in November 1819. The museum's first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the museum's collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs.
It is thanks to them that we can enjoy such masterpieces in the museum including "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Bosch, "The Nobleman" with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, "Las Meninas" by Velázquez and "The Family of Carlos IV" by Goya.
The visit will take place in chronological order, starting with the exhibit hall where the masterpieces of J. Bosch (El Bosco) (1450-1516): The Table of the 7 Deadly Sins, The Hay Wain, The temptations of San Antonio, The Stone of Madness and The Garden of Delights, to continue with the rooms devoted to the Greco (1540-1614): The gentleman's hand on his chest, The Trinity, Christ embraced the cross and The Annunciation.Velázquez (1599-1660): The Worship, Drunkards, Equestrian Portraits, the Forge of Vulcan, The Christ, The spinners, Spears and Las Meninas, ending with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2, Pestles and Black Paintings.
- Bilingual official guide
- Free drink at an emblematic Café during the tour
- Skip the line entrance and guided tour to Prado Museum
- Lunch, beverages or other services not specified
- Free for children 0-5 years (no meals and other purchases included)
- Reduced for children 6-15 years and Seniors 65+ years
Calle San Nicolás, 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain
This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at Calle San Nicolás, nº 15 (corner Plaza Ramales) and ends at Prado Museum
- Comfortable shoes are recommended
- Tour is available only weather permitting
- This tour is bilingual and will be in English and Spanish
- Daily from April to October
- Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from November to March
- Departure at 10.00am / Check-in: 15 minutes before departing time
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