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When Felipe V, first of the Bourbon kings, originally conceived of the royal palace he dreamed of a place that would surpass anything of its kind in E...

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Get ready to discover one of the most memorable royal castles of Europe! The Royal Palace of Madrid used to be the official residence of the...

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Get ready to discover one of the most emblematic features in Madrid, the Royal Palace, considered one of the biggest royal residences in Eur...

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Skip the line and enter directly into the Royal Palace for this unforgettable guided tour!Get ready to discover the Royal Palace which was b...

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Get ready to discover one of the most emblematic highlights of Madrid, the Royal Palace well-known due to its marvelous architecture, artwor...

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If you are planning to discover the best-known sights in Madrid and admire the architecture and elegance of the world-famous Royal Palace th...

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Skip the long lines and enter the Royal Palace, the Spanish monarchy's official residence. In 1561, King Philip II decided to move the capit...

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5 hours 30 minutes
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This is the best tour to get acquainted with the city. You’ll get to see the most important buildings, avenues, squares, monuments as well a...

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Take your camera or smartphone and join our walking tours and coach tours to remember Madrid in a different way!Madrid is a city of multiple...

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Discover the former residence of the Spanish Royals and one of the most important landmarks of the Spanish capital with this guided tour of ...

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Visit one of the biggest Royal Palaces in Europe with a guide who will show you the official residence of the kings of Spain, also known as ...

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Walking tours

You’ll start near Madrid’s jaw-dropping Royal Palace where you’ll meet your guide and small group of 20 fellow travelers in the beautiful Pl...

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4 hours 30 minutes
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Don't miss the chance to discover Madrid's history while relaxing at El Retiro, crossing the Gran Vía or admiring the imposing elegance of t...

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It's the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, although they don't live in it.
Among its many masterpieces by Caravaggio, Velázquez and Goya, you'll also find the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet.
On Wednesdays entry is free (although queues are longer), and you can also see the changing of the guards every half hour from 11am to 2pm at the Puerta del Príncipe, in front of Plaza de Oriente.
Mondays are usually busier because it's one of the few monuments open.
The Solemn Changing of the Guard takes place the first Wednesday of the month at 12pm. The parade is a flashback to the times of kings Alfonso XII and Alfonso XIII, when this kind of ceremonious pomp was customary.
The royal armoury is considered one of the best in the world, with pieces dating from the 13th century.
If the weather is nice take a stroll in the the Palace gardens Sabatini and the Campo del Moro.

The inside story

When Felipe V, first of the Bourbon kings, originally conceived of the royal palace he dreamed of a place that would surpass anything of its kind in Europe. While it fell somewhat short of the mark (he died before the plan was fully realized), the resulting palace is still a Baroque beauty of epic proportions.

Built on the remains of a fortress destroyed in a fire on Christmas Eve 1734, the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) was completed in 1764 and has a long history as the home of Spanish kings. Carlos III was the first to establish his residence there and even today it is the official residence of the Spanish Royal family. Although the family reside in the Zarzuela Palace (Palacio de la Zarzuela) the palace is still used for ceremonies and official events.

Featuring a lavish 2800 rooms, a visit to the palace is an exercise in opulence. Highlights include the velvet-walled Salón del Trono (Throne Room), the Salón de Gasparini (Gasparini Room) with inlaid floors and a 2-ton chandelier, the sumptuous banquet room, royal armory, and pharmacy filled with medicine jars and curiosities. And don’t miss the biweekly changing of the guards (Wednesday & Saturday from 11pm). The palace is also surrounded by elaborate gardens Campo del Moro and Sabatini.

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How to get there

Royal Palace of Madrid Calle Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid Madrid
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