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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  • Wonderful first visit to Madrid with a visit to the palace after we landed at the airport and needed some time to kill before the hotel room was available. There was no line. Everything was wonderful....  more
    Wonderful first visit to Madrid with a visit to the palace after we landed at the airport and needed some time to kill before the hotel room was available. There was no line. Everything was wonderful....  more »
  • If you’ve never visited a royal palace before, this one will impress you. For us this one was less impressive than others we visited throughout Europe and the UK in the last 8 months. The fact that... 
    If you’ve never visited a royal palace before, this one will impress you. For us this one was less impressive than others we visited throughout Europe and the UK in the last 8 months. The fact that...  more »
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  • This was my first time visiting Madrid, the Royal Palace is a MUST SEE attraction if you are in town. The architecture and scale of building is stunning. Make sure to have a tour of the kitchen (you pay extra) but it’s very informative and it’s a piece of history. To the right as you enter the main patio there is armory that seem to be hidden, inside you will find full armors on display! A nice little surprise. Strongly recommend!
  • Well, what should one say? A lot of art and wealth… it’s impressive how things worked long time ago, politics, etc… Art is amazing, a must see in Madrid… It would be great to see lot more in the standard visit, I’m pretty sure that many doors lead to secret places…

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