Because we know you are all students who probably are living on a budget or maybe would rather save the money for a night out in Madrid, we want to present you some good tips on how to explore the city for free!
Discover the secret Metro Station
The former Chamberi metro station built in 1919, is now a museum of Madrids Metro. The station was closed 1966, still neither the rails nor the trains were moved. The station stood empty for decades and became a mystery for people passing. Discover the station with its beautiful billboards, an old ticket office and audio-visual displays.
Location: Plaza de Chamberí, s/n, 28010 Madrid
Opening Times: Thursdays 10:00–13:00, Fridays 11:00-19:00, Saturdays and Sundays 11:00-15:00
Stroll through Madrid's historic squares
Plaza Mayor & Puerta del Sol
If you just opt for a walk in Madrid go to the Plaza Mayor with it’s impressive buildings made of red blocks. From there walk to another famous square the Puerta del Sol. It got its name from the sun rising over the square’s gate. You’ll find there lots of interesting statues, as well as the famous clock that is a major attraction on New Year’s Eve.
Location: Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid
Picturesque views in the Buen Retiro Park
Palacio de Cristal
The beautiful park with its variety of 15.000 trees, flower gardens, the lake and the chapel ruins is a perfect place to relax in the middle of the city. Located in the centre of the park is the main attraction- The Glass Palace built in 1887. Stairs of the castle lead directly into the picturesque lake, where you can also rent boats to enjoy the view.
Location: Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid
Free Opening Hours:
- From April to September: 10:00-22:00
- From 1st to 30th October: 10:00-19:00
- From November to March: 10:00-18:00
Picknick with Friends
Madrid Rio Park
Next to the Manzanares river you’ll find a huge beautiful park. It is perfect for spending your free time actively. Impressive bridges and flower parks round off the experience with a beautiful view. Just take out some friends on a weekend buy some food and get ready for a wonderful picknick.
Location: Puente de Toledo, S/N, 28019 Madrid
Travel back in time to ancient Egypt
Temple of Debod
In the middle of an urban city park you will find an ancient authentic Egyptian temple. The Debod Temple was built on the Spanish ground stone by stone like it stood in Egypt. They managed to keep its former direction aligning the sunset. That’s what makes this spot so special. It is a perfect place for wonderful romantic pictures.
Location: Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid
Feel like the elite for a day
Visit the official residence of Spain’s King Felipe VI. The Royal Palace was built in the eighteenth century and housed royals for over a thousand years. Astonishing art collections is what to expect inside. In addition, you can discover where the King was dining, his throne room and the hall of mirrors. Don’t miss the guard change as well!
Free Opening Hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 16:00-18:00
Experience a cultural multiverse
Le Conde Duque
Almost 60.000 m2 of space just devoted to culture and art. The Conde Duque is more than just the contemporary museum. You’ll find there the city’s archive, different libraries and lots of exhibition places.
Location: Calle Conde Duque, 11, 28015 Madrid
Opening Hours: all week 9:00-21:0
If you want to satisfy your needs for art, Madrid is the right place to come to. It houses 3 of the best museums in Europe. The most famous one is the Museo del Prado. There to discover is Spain’s art collection from before Gaudi and Dali that dates back to the 11th century.
Location: Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid
Free Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 18:00-20:00, Sundays: 17:00-20:00
The Reina Sofia is the more modern museum and it presents art pieces of the famous Picasso and Dali. The contemporary museum shows art of the former century and can flaunt with Picasso’s Guernica, a very important painting of the artist.
Free Opening Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays 19:00-21:00, Sundays 10:00-14:30
The last but not least interesting museum of the trio is the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. It is a collection of art combining pieces that go back to the medieval time up to the recent years.
Location: Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid
Free Opening Hours: Mondays 12:00-16:00
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