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Royal Palace of Madrid

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The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, however, it is currently used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies, and official acts. Today the King and Queen of Spain reside in the Zarzuela Palace, located on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.

The Royal Palace is located on the site of the old Alcazar of Madrid, a medieval fortress converted into a luxurious palace by John II, Charles V and Philip II. The Alcazar was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve in 1734.

The construction of the Royal Palace began in 1738 and was completed in 1764, the year in which Charles III decide to reside there. Also known as the Palacio de Oriente, it is surrounded by the Campo del Moro Gardens and the Sabatini Gardens. The building is inspired by the sketches made by Bernini for the construction of the Louvre in Paris and is articulated around a square courtyard. It has a gallery and a Plaza de Armas, where the main facade of the palace is located.

Featuring 3,400 lavish rooms, visiting the largest royal palace in Europe is an experience in itself. The Throne Room preserves the original decoration from the reign of Charles III, including the impressive vault fresco by Tiepolo to show the grandeur of the monarchy. The chandelier and the Shepherd's Clock are two of the main attractions of the Gasparini Room (the room where the king dressed), and the Royal Armory is one of the most complete on the continent. Other unmissable rooms are the Hall of Columns, the Royal Kitchen, the Halberdiers' Hall and the Royal Chapel.

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, from mid-September to mid-July, the changing of the Royal Palace guard takes place. During the summer months, the hours are from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The building can be visited practically all year round, as it is closed only during official ceremonies and festivities.

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Royal Palace of Madrid skip-the-line tickets and guided visit

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Royal Palace of Madrid private tour with a local guide
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Royal Palace of Madrid private tour with a local guide

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Madrid Royal Palace skip-the-line tickets and tour with an expert guide

Discover the Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the artworks by Goya and Velázquez and visit the gardens booking this 2-hour guided tour.

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Madrid highlights with entrance and guided tour to the Royal Palace

Discover Madrid and the Royal Palace booking this 4-hour guided tour with skip-the-line tickets

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Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park guided tour with fast-track access

Enjoy a complete visit of the Royal Palace of Madrid with an expert guide, and then explore The Retiro Park, the most important park of the city.

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Madrid's old town Segway™ tour
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Madrid's old town Segway™ tour

Explore Madrid on a Segway™ and behold the monuments from a different perspective on this 1.5-hour tour

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Monumental Madrid tour with Prado Museum and Royal Palace tickets

Explore Madrid with an expert guide and enter the Royal Palace and Prado Museu on this tour with tickets included.

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Electric tuk-tuk tour from the historic center to Salamanca district
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Electric tuk-tuk tour from the historic center to Salamanca district

Enjoy a 60-minute tuk-tuk ride of Madrid city center and Salamanca district

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Electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid

Enjoy a 2-hour tuk-tuk tour of Madrid city center

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Reviews Royal Palace of Madrid

Francisco, Jun 19, 2022
Rene, Jun 15, 2022

“demasiado buena, el guia es muy profecional y tiene muchos conocimientos ademas del carisma”

Chloe, Jun 15, 2022

“Our guide was wonderful and the palace was amazing. 10/10 recommend, we had a great time.”

Ana Paz, May 30, 2022
Madrid