Learn about the history of the Habsburgs, who reigned over Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. On a small-group walking tour of Madrid, you'll admire the Renaissance and Baroque architecture and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Prado Museum.
What to Expect
Discover the most emblematic buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque period of Madrid on a walking tour. Habsburg is the name given to Madrid when the Habsburg dynasty reigned in Spain. This reign began with Charles I, who enriched the city with palaces and monuments. Later on, Philip II made it the capital of Spain and the city grew dramatically.
The journey through the Renaissance and Baroque style buildings of this era is perhaps one of the most picturesque and representative of Madrid. During the tour, stop at one of the most emblematic Cafés of this popular area of Madrid, where you will be offered a drink.
The Museo Nacional del Prado, opened to the public for the first time in November 1819. The Museum's first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised of just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences).
The visit will take place in chronological order, starting with the exhibit hall where the masterpieces of J. Bosch (El Bosco) (1450-1516): The Table of the 7 Deadly Sins, The Hay Wain, The temptations of San Antonio, The Stone of Madness and The Garden of Delights, to continue with the rooms devoted to the Greco (1540-1614): The gentleman's hand on his chest, The Trinity, Christ embraced the cross and The Annunciation.Velázquez (1599-1660): The Worship, Drunkards, Equestrian Portraits, the Forge of Vulcan, The Christ, The spinners, Spears and Las Meninas, ending with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2, Pestles and Black Paintings.
- An official multilingual guide
- Free drink at an emblematic Café during the tour
- Entrance to Prado Museum
What's Not Included
- Lunch, beverages or other services not specified above
Know Before You Go
• Infants go free on this activity