Hapsburgs Madrid walking tour and entrance to Prado Museum
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Hapsburgs Madrid walking tour and entrance to Prado Museum

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Free cancellation
Language: English , Spanish
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • 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
What to expect

Discover the most emblematic buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods of Madrid. Habsburg was 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 catalog, 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. You'll then continue on to 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. At the end of your visit, you'll enter the area dedicated to Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2, Pestles and Black Paintings.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • What's included
    • Official tour guide
    • Free drink at an emblematic Café during the tour
    • Entrance and guided tour to Prado Museum
    What's not included
    • Lunch, drinks or other services not specified
    • Transportation
    Reduced price
    • Children (6-15 years)
    • Seniors (65+ years)
    • For infants (0-5 years): this event is for free (no meals and other purchases included)

    Where

    Calle San Nicolás, 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain

    Meeting point:

    This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at Calle San Nicolás, nº 15 (corner Plaza Ramales) and ends at Prado Museum.

    What to remember
    • Comfortable shoes are recommended
    • The tour is only available weather permitting
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    When
    • Please see calendar for exact available dates and times
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    Provider
    Julia Travel
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
    What people say about this experience
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