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Royal Palace of Madrid: Top 5 surprising facts about Spain's royal family

Royal Palace of Madrid architecture may not seem as impressive as Versailles from the outside, but the opulence of the interior and the Royal Palace of Madrid history will blow you away. Another bonus: So much more of this palace is open to explore freely.

Royal Palace of Madrid facts: The beginning

The Spanish Empire’s control of Europe ended with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, nearly a century before the Royal Palace of Madrid was built.

The Great Monarchies

The Royal Family has roots in both French and British monarchies, with the House of Bourbon in the seat since 1700 and today’s King and Queen being descendants of Queen Victoria.

Royal Palace of Madrid Spain’s Last Resident

The last monarch to live in the Royal Palace of Madrid was Alfonso XIII, who ruled throughout WWI, the Rif War in Morocco and the Spanish Civil War.

Royal Spanish Wedding

On May 22, 2004 the Crown Prince Felipe married former news anchor Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. It was the first true royal Spanish wedding for a century.

The Spanish Anthem

The Spanish national anthem is one that won’t inspire singing. Why? It has no lyrics. In 2008 a public contest was proposed for official lyrics, but no one agreed on the issue.

Royal Palace of Madrid: Our Tips

Visit on a Wednesday—or don’t

Entrance to the Royal Palace is free on Wednesdays. This means that it’s more crowded, but maybe you’ll buy one of the highly recommended guided tours without paying the entry fee. Another advantage of visiting on Wednesday is that the Changing of the Guard takes place across the street every half hour during the morning. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the first Wednesday of the month, except in summers, you’ll find 450 soldiers in parade.

Royal Palace of Madrid tickets

The guided tour is fantastic for learning more Royal Palace of Madrid history—you can even go back and walk through the halls on your own afterwards. The Royal Armory, the Royal Pharmacy and the Paintings Gallery are all different tickets, too. Don’t skip the Royal Armory, its collection is one of the best in the world.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open daily October to March, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, April to September, 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    Standard adult tickets start at 10€ and continue upwards with perks, tours and additional packages.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is definitely worth it. Not only will you learn about the city, you'll learn a lot of great historical facts.
  • How to get there
    Bus lines 3, 25, 39 and 148 all stop near the palace, or take underground lines 2 or 5 to the Opera Station.
  • Additional tips
    • Check online for updates on certain areas that may be undergoing renovations and are therefore closed.

What People Are Saying About Royal Palace of Madrid

A great tour with a very interesting guide

Bea was very nice and knowledgeable. She led us through the palace explaining the functions of the different rooms and answered all our questions. The duration was good, not too long & not too short.

Madrid Royal Palace 90-Minute Guided Tour Reviewed by Céline, 11/12/2016

Amazing tour of the royal palace of Madrid

Very informative and professional. Happy to answer questions. Recommended other places to visit including restaurants. Was aware to interact with the whole group. Really enjoyed the tour

This is very informative and interesting tour though a beautiful space

Guide was very informative and inclusive, very much enjoyed his knowledge and information.

Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Mirvan, 10/31/2016

Enjoyable tour, convivial guide, good places to visit.

Enjoyed the places we visited and the guide's commentary. Recommend without reservations.

Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Joseph, 09/30/2016

The bus was very comfortable, the guide was knowledgeable, and we felt as though we had seen the high points of Avila and Segovia by the time the tour ended. Would recommend to other US tourists traveling in this área of Spain.

Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Ben, 09/30/2016

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