More about Madrid
Museums and heritage
Among the top attractions in Madrid are its three leading
museums, which are located within a short walk of each other. The
most famous is the Prado Museum, regarded as Spain's leading art
gallery with one of the best collections in the world. Here you'll
find work from leading Spanish artists such as Goya, Velázquez,
Tizian, Rubens, and Bosch.
The Thyssen-bornemisza Museum has a mix of work representing
17th century Dutch painting, Impressionism, Russian Constructivism,
and pop art, amongst other styles. The Reina Sofia Museum is housed
in an enormous former hospital, which dates from the mid-18th
century. The striking glass and steel external lifts were not part
of the original hospital! The collection at the Reina Sofia
consists mainly of Spanish works from the 20th century-the most
famous of which is without doubt, Picasso's 'Guernica.'
The magnificent Palacio Real (Royal Palace) was built in
1764 to replace the Alcázar castle which had been destroyed by fire
some thirty years before. The opulent palace is used for official
state functions and is filled with impressive paintings, sculptures
and antiques. When state functions are not taking place, almost the
entire palace can be visited as part of the guided tour, including
the Royal Armoury and the impressive Sabatini and Puerta de Moro
Bernabeu is home to Spanish football giants Real Madrid.
A stadium tour (not possible on match days) allows you to walk down
the players' tunnel, visit the Presidential Box and see the
impressive haul of trophies close up.