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Palacio De Cristal Tours and Activities

Palacio De Cristal
Inspired by London’s iconic Crystal Palace, Madrid’s Palacio de Cristal is equally dazzling. Designed by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, the architectural marvel was erected in 1887 - a giant wrought iron and glass domed structure standing at the heart of the central Retiro Park. Largely regarded as one of Spain’s most unique 19th century structures, the palace is built in the shape of a Greek cross and stands on a brick base, decorated with a ceramic frieze.

Initially housing a mock ‘Philippino village’, the 54-meter-long building was once filled with native plants and exotic flora in ode to the Spanish colony of the Philippines. Today, the palace is used as a contemporary art exhibition space but retains its bucolic surroundings, fronted by a pretty swan lake and encircled by lush woodlands. The interiors are equally breathtaking, with light refracting through the glass and the angled panes causing a prism-like effect at certain times of the day.

Most enthralling is the building’s unique achievement of blending art, architecture and nature, with the natural light casting an iridescent sheen over the art installations displayed inside and the exterior glass panels reflecting the changing shades of the parkland through the seasons.
Address: Paseo Chopera, 10, 28045 Madrid, Spain
Hours: May-Sep: Mon, Wed-Sat 11am to 8pm. Sun: 11am to 6pm. Oct-Apr: Mon, Wed-Sat 10am to 6pm. Sun: 10am to 4pm. Closed: Tuesdays, 1 and 6 Jan, 1 and 15 May, 24, 25 and 31 Dec.
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Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

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Discover many of Madrid’s attractions and cruise effortlessly around Retiro Park, the city’s green oasis, on this Segway tour. Traveling by electric personal transporter, glide around the park’s beautiful highlights, seeing the lake, Crystal Palace, and monuments including the famous Fallen Angel statue. Plus, take in other landmarks such as cobbled Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Segway training and a helmet included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.27
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$44.27
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Madrid Private Segway Tour Retiro for 1 hr, 1 and a half hrs or 2 hrs

Madrid Private Segway Tour Retiro for 1 hr, 1 and a half hrs or 2 hrs

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Discover the best of Madrid in a fun and personalized way—by going on a private Segway tour. Opting for a private tour means there’s no pressure to keep up with a group, and you can ask the guide questions along the way. Explore Retiro Park, Crystal Palace, Estanque Grande, and many more attractions along the way.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.89
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$36.89
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Madrid Segway City Tour

Madrid Segway City Tour

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Add a fun twist to your sightseeing as you zip around Spain’s largest city on a Segway. Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then follow your guide on a scenic 3-hour tour of Madrid’s historic center. Glide down the grand boulevard of Paseo de Prado and around El Retiro park, and hop off along the way to admire landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the Mercado de San Miguel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.55
Price varies by group size
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$72.55
Price varies by group size
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Madrid Retiro Park & Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Tour

Madrid Retiro Park & Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Tour

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Discover the delights of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park on this 1.5-hour small-group walking tour, and skip the lines at the world-famous Prado Museum. With an informative guide, explore the manicured lawns and avenues of Madrid’s popular relaxation park, seeing attractions such as the Statue of the Fallen Angel, the lake and more. Hear about the park’s development through the centuries and afterward, gain fast-track entry into the neighboring Prado to explore its stunning art galleries independently. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.32
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$56.32
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Photo Session in Madrid

Photo Session in Madrid

Capture your Spanish vacation on camera with a professional photo session in Madrid. With your family, friends, or sweetheart, a photographer will take shots of you exploring some of Madrid's top landmarks. Afterward, you'll receive your high-resolution photos via email.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$162.83
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$162.83
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Essential Madrid Bike Tour

Essential Madrid Bike Tour

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Embark on a comprehensive guided tour of Madrid, traveling like the locals do: on a bike. With a guide leading the pack to point out the sights and provide directions, you can focus on pedaling and taking in the scenery. Pass most of the city's key historical, cultural, and architectural landmarks while listening to in-depth guided commentary. Cycle along the Manzanares River, down Calle del Toledo, and through Plaza de Puerta Cerrada, among other important spots.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.12
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$31.12
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Guided walking tour in the famous Retiro Park in Madrid

Guided walking tour in the famous Retiro Park in Madrid

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Get to know Madrid's favorite park, El Retiro, on this walking tour with a guide. Retiro is a must-see stop in Madrid, and you'll get the most out of it by taking a walk with a guide. You'll learn about the park's history and environment through in-depth commentary and get suggestions on how to enjoy the park further like a local.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.07
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$11.07
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Honeymoon Photo Shoot in Madrid

Honeymoon Photo Shoot in Madrid

Capture your romance in the city of Madrid with this private photography package. Let your professional photographer guide you to the city’s landmarks, fountains, and gardens or choose where you want your images taken. Commemorate your honeymoon with poses curated to your specifications or walk the streets and let your photographer capture candid moments as you go.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.33
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$134.33
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Bike Tour- Madrid Retiro Park (Only Retiro Park) , “MISTERY & SECRETS

Bike Tour- Madrid Retiro Park (Only Retiro Park) , “MISTERY & SECRETS"

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Cover more ground than you could on foot during this guided bike tour of El Retiro Park, while also gaining a great insight into one of Madrid’s top—and sometimes overwhelming—attractions. Ideal for travelers short on time or those looking for something other than a walking tour, this brief excursion will introduce visitors to a number of well-known and hidden El Retiro attractions.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.30
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$31.30

Retiro park and Literary Quarter by bike

Retiro park and Literary Quarter by bike

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Delve into Spanish history with this bicycle tour of Retiro Park and the Literary Quarter. Pedal through some of the most charming parts of the city while learning about everything from the Spanish Inquisition to the Golden Age of Spanish Literature.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.16
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$31.16
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Madrid Art eBike Tour

Madrid Art eBike Tour

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Pedal through Madrid without breaking a sweat on this electric bike tour focused on the city's art. Follow your guide, who will take care of all navigation and provide insightful commentary; you can just focus on the scenery and the experience. Stop by some of Madrid's world-renowned museums, pedal through picturesque neighborhoods, and snap photos of city landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.96
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$47.96
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El Retiro Park Guided Tour and tapas tasting

El Retiro Park Guided Tour and tapas tasting

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Get to know a bit of Madrid through its food and one of its major parks on this tour with a guide. You'll visit a local bar for a tasting of tapas and take a walk through Retiro Park to enjoy its attractions and relaxing environment.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.36
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$23.36
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E-Scooter Tour, Retiro Park,

E-Scooter Tour, Retiro Park, "Mistery & Secrets"

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Cover lots of ground in a short amount of time in Retiro Park on an electric scooter. You'll be provided with a helmet and instructions on how to maneuver the scooter, then take off for Retiro. You can focus on enjoying the scenery, since your guide is in the lead. Check all the important attractions and landmarks of the park off your list on this single tour, learning as you go through guided commentary.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.37
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$33.37

Tour to the Cibeles Palace and Retiro Park with professional guide

Tour to the Cibeles Palace and Retiro Park with professional guide

You will know inside the old Post Office building and discover the secrets it houses inside. You will be amazed by the views from its roof from where you will have a beautiful view of Madrid and the Gran Vía, the oldest street in Madrid. The guide will accompany you from this Palace in the main artery of Madrid to the Parque del Retiro, where you will escape from the bustle of the city entering your gardens. Enjoy a haven of peace and tranquility in the center of the Spanish capital and know the importance of this place during the years in the history of Madrid. During your walk the guide will discover different sculptures, fountains and magical places that only locals know.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.00
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$22.00
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Private Tour - Majestic Madrid

Private Tour - Majestic Madrid

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Discover the most majestic part of Madrid. Walk along the enlightened Madrid and discover the change that the city experienced along the 18 Century. Discover why and how the city changed with the arrival of the Bourbons and get to know the secrets kept inside the most monumental part of the City. Prado Avenue, Prado Museum, Retiro Park, Cristal Palace and Alcalá's Arch will be some of the stops of the trip full of beauty and curiosities.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.23
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$200.23
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Private transfer from the airport to the center of Madrid or Barcelona

Private transfer from the airport to the center of Madrid or Barcelona

Travel from the city center to the airport and vice versa in a comfortable, simple and safe way. We take you in a comfortable vehicle with a professional driver and with all the security measures so that you reach your destination without worrying about anything. We offer one-way or round-trip transfers from any hotel in central Madrid and Barcelona to their respective airports. Provide us with your hotel address and flight number, and we will take care of everything else.
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  • 25 to 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.40
per group
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$38.40
per group
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Private tour to the Cibeles Palace and the Retiro Park

Private tour to the Cibeles Palace and the Retiro Park

You will know inside the old Post Office building and discover the secrets it houses inside. You will be amazed by the views from its roof from where you will have a beautiful view of Madrid and the Gran Vía, the oldest street in Madrid. The guide will accompany you from this Palace in the main artery of Madrid to the Parque del Retiro, where you will escape from the bustle of the city entering your gardens. Enjoy a haven of peace and tranquility in the center of the Spanish capital and know the importance of this place during the years in the history of Madrid. During your walk the guide will discover different sculptures, fountains and magical places that only locals know.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.99
Price varies by group size
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$75.99
Price varies by group size
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Private Walking Tour of Retiro Park Madrid

Private Walking Tour of Retiro Park Madrid

For centuries, the Retiro Park has been a place for rest and enjoyment, originally for royalty, today for everyone. Created by the best artists of each era, archaeological secrets, historical episodes and fantasies hide behind its centennial trees waiting to be discovered.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.52
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$12.52

Madrid Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

Madrid Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

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Take a relaxing spin through Madrid’s favorite green oasis on a guided 2- or 3-hour electric bike tour of Retiro Park. It's a fun and eco-friendly way to explore this outdoor gem in the heart of the city, plus other landmarks like the Literature Quarter, Alcala Gate, and Puerta del Sol along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.80
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$43.80
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Private Weekend Trip to Madrid with Private Transfers and Private Tours

Private Weekend Trip to Madrid with Private Transfers and Private Tours

Enjoy a private weekend in Madrid. Day 1: Private arrival transfer. Pick up is set from the Madrid airport and we drop you off at a Madrid city center hotel Day 2: Private city tour of Madrid. Entrance tickets included to Royal Palace. Private official tour guide and separate chauffeur and luxury vehicle. Total duration of 4 hours. This can be done on day 2 or on the same day of arrival. Day 3: Private walking tour of Madrid. This includes the Parque del Retiro as well as entering into the Prado Museum. Entrance tickets are included. Private official tour guide included for 4 hours. Day 3 or Day 4: Private departure transfer. This can be done on Day 3 after the private walking tour or on day 4 if you wish to stay another day. This private transfer includes pick up from your hotel in Madrid city center and drop off at the Madrid airport. This is a completely private experience and this is why we can do it in as many days as you like: the departure transfer can be on day 5.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$830.04
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$830.04
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What are Palacio De Cristal hours of operation?
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Palacio De Cristal hours of operation: May-Sep: Mon, Wed-Sat 11am to 8pm. Sun: 11am to 6pm. Oct-Apr: Mon, Wed-Sat 10am to 6pm. Sun: 10am to 4pm. Closed: Tuesdays, 1 and 6 Jan, 1 and 15 May, 24, 25 and 31 Dec.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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