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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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Guided Tour
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Skip the line and enter directly into the Royal Palace for this unforgettable guided tour. The Royal Palace was built in the XVIII century u...

Duration
1 hour, 30 minutes
Available in: English
$ 44
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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...

Duration
5 hours, 30 minutes
Available in: English
$ 94
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The most fun and definitely the easiest way to get to know Madrid is on this double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on ...

Duration
2 days
Available in: English
$ 29
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The most fun and definitely the easiest way to see the city of Madrid is on this double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop...

Duration
1 day
Available in: English
$ 25
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Enjoy one of the biggest Royal Palaces in Europe with a guide who will show you the most important rooms of the Palace: the Throne Room whos...

Duration
2 hours
Available in: English
$ 167
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The best tour to get acquainted with the city, we’ll see the most important buildings, avenues and squares to know the monuments and its his...

Duration
3 hours, 30 minutes
Available in: English
$ 48
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Skip the lines and go inside one of the most memorable royal castles of Europe! The Royal Palace of Madrid used to be the official residence...

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2 hours
Available in: English
$ 34
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We will begin with a city sightseeing tour of Madrid with the city's best known sights and will continue with the visit of the Royal Palace....

Duration
4 hours
Available in: English
$ 50
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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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3 hours
Available in: English
$ 32
Attractions & monuments

The Royal Palace in Madrid is Europe’s largest royal residence, acting as the official home of the Spanish royal family. On this 2 to 2.5-ho...

Duration
2 hours, 30 minutes
Available in: English
$ 99
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This tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid will give you a detailed, all-access visit with an expert professional guide, to make sure you miss ...

Duration
2 hours
Available in: English
$ 41
Walking tours

With this walking tour you will discover the most emblematic buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque period of Madrid.Habsburg is the nam...

Duration
3 hours, 30 minutes
Available in: English
$ 58

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Good to know

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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