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Royal Palace of Madrid

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Address: Calle Bailen, 28071 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-914-548-800
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Luxurious, over-the-top rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded...
Luxurious, over-the-top rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded rooms.
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Beautiful Palace

This is a beautiful palace but there are no photos allowed once you go up the impressive staircase. Beautiful ceiling murals and an impressive huge dining room that can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful palace but there are no photos allowed once you go up the impressive staircase. Beautiful ceiling murals and an impressive huge dining room that can accommodate up to 130 people for dinner. There was a very interesting special royal portrait exhibit. Do not miss the armoury in another building in the corner. Very impressive and huge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Lots to see and admire. If you enjoy seeing palaces and places of import, this is one to see! The tapestries are wonderful. The bust of the Reina Cristina is quite lovely.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth a visit. One recommendation is to purchase your ticket(s) online to avoid the line to get in. Many things to help appreciate the Spanish monarchy. Recommend walking from here to Puerta del Sol - on the way stop by the Mercado for a bite to eat - YuM!!!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Tip: Hire a private guide. So inexpensive and make sure they are ones authorized to show you Queen Isabella's personal art collection. You pay more for this, but this art is not viewable by the public nor by tourist group guides. Only a few people are allowed along with your guide and an armed guard. It is so worth the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Definitely get the audio, otherwise the information is extremely limited. The armory was worth a visit. Be careful, the "free" hours at the end of the day are just for EU residents.

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Royal Palace was very interesting and beautiful. It is amazing the work put into these type buildings that were once used as homes. Don't miss the armor collection in the stables, it is across the courtyard when you enter. Fine collection. I enjoyed this more than the wonderful art museums in Madrid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you're charting iconic architecture around the world, then a walk by and around the Royal Palace should be on the list. The current King and Queen (and family) don't live here, but the place is historic and huge! A wonderful view looking back to the palace can be seen from the top of a nearby hill housing the Templo... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Has everything. I liked the music room with Stradivarius violins which are still played. The dishes are also interesting.

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I have never walked around Buckingham Palace, but I am certain it cannot be more opulent than this - pick your time and it is free, a fabulous way to spend a few hours!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I highly recommend this attraction! The palace itself is quite impressive already, but I personally get more out of the experience with the audio guide. The website does not reflect the most current admission prices so expect to pay a few dollars more if you are not visiting during the free admission hours (~4:45-6pm, audio guide is not included). The... More 

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Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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