Paseo del Prado
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  • Madrid: Prado Museum Direct Entrance Ticket

    1. Madrid: Prado Museum Direct Entrance Ticket

    Since it opened in 1819, the Prado Museum has acquired a dazzling array of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative art that cover the history of Spanish art to form one of the finest collections of European art in the world. Based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the Royal Museum would become known as the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture, and subsequently the Museo Nacional del Prado. The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of historic documents. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. The size of this collection can cause headaches for visitors trying to choose what to see, but the Prado has organized 3 routes that focus on its masterpieces, dating from the Romanesque to the 19th c...

    It was fifth time in Madrid and in the Prado and it never disappoints. This time was very special since I hosted my son, his wife, and the two granddaughters, ages 12 and 13, who live in Granada. My son met his wife in Madrid and just before their first daughter was born they moved to Cadiz. They had only passed through the airport in the past years and this reunion and the tour of all the galleries was very special. My granddaughters stayed with me for the tour and I had a of all the important artists we wanted to see. Goya, Velasquez, Ribera, Ruebens and on and on. The Bosch exhibit was particularly fascinating and as a retired teacher, it was so fantastic to "teach" the museum to my young granddaughters. The map and layout was easy to follow and we found all the important works on my list, easily. I highly recommend this gallery as a "must-see" on Madrid!

  • Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

    2. Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

    Take some time getting to know Madrid while riding through the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice, or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Commentary is available via a headphones audio system in 14 different languages (Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Catalonian, Euskera, and Galician). Route 1 • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Vía, 14 • Gran Vía, 30 • Gran Vía, 54 • Plaza de España • Princesa esq. Alberto Aguilera • Plaza de la Moncloa • Teleférico • Templo de Debod • Puerta de San Vicente • Puente de Segovia • Puento de Toledo • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Franc...

    You can travel around the city, see the sights and get on and off as many times you want too.

  • Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Tickets

    3. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Tickets

    The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza has offered visitors a unique survey of the history of art from the 13th to the late 20th centuries. Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Picasso, Hopper and Rothko are among the great masters of painting whose works fascinate and delight visitors. As if turning the pages of a book, all the principal movements of art present themselves in succession and all are represented through works of breathtaking quality. Among the collection of almost 1,000 works on display, visitors can pause in the Renaissance, linger in the Baroque, discover Expressionism or enter the world of the 20th-century avant-garde movements. The history of western art unfolds before our eyes in the galleries of the Palacio de Villahermosa, which was specifically remodelled by Rafael Moneo to house the Thyssen-B...

    This museum is a must for art lovers. It houses wonderful collections of Flemish and Italian art, has a wonderful shop and well stocked cafeteria. There is a temporary exhibit with works by Georgia O'Keefe that you cannot miss if you are in Madrid. A splendid experience!

  • Madrid: Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour for up to 4 People

    4. Madrid: Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour for up to 4 People

    The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Madrid (depending on option chosen) in a fun tuk-tuk vehicle. Get comfortable and meet your driver/guide then set out on a sightseeing adventure through the vibrant streets of Spain’s capital city. During the tour, visit a selection of Madrid’s most iconic landmarks, monuments, sights, museums, neighborhoods, and more. As you explore learn about local traditions and culture, you'll gain a better understanding of life in Madrid. You’ll also stop at a number of hidden gems that only locals know about to see a more authentic side of the city. At the conclusion of your unforgettable trip, simply sit back and relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

    we got the 8pm tour . it was great seeing Madrid at night with all the lighting.

  • Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour with Skip-the-Line

    5. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour with Skip-the-Line

    Approach the contemporary art collection at the Queen Sofia Museum in a personalized and insightful manner. Your local guide has specialized in art history and will accompany you to the museum and give a short introduction to the tour and the city of Madrid.  Once at the museum, enjoy avoiding the queue and enter directly. Explore museum artworks, architecture, and history of the Spanish National Art Collection beginning in 1881, which is the year Picasso was born. During your tour of the Queen Sofia Museum, your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the works of some of Spain’s most influential painters including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali, along with international artists. Your guide will teach you about the dictatorship regime and help you understand the effect that it had on the artistic expression of these Spanish artists, particularly during the Second Republi...

    Our guide was great. The collection at the museum is exactly what we wanted to see. Picasso, Dali, Miro, Man Ray, etc.

  • Madrid: “Money Heist” and Retiro Park 3-Hour Walking Tour

    6. Madrid: “Money Heist” and Retiro Park 3-Hour Walking Tour

    Meet your local guide at Cines Callao where the tour begins. From there, set off on a walking tour through the bustling streets of Madrid and admire the city’s impressive buildings and famous fountains. Listen to stories of Madrid’s history as you take in the sights, including the Monument to Alfonso XII, Plaza de Cibeles, and the Bank of Spain. Later, walk along the iconic Prado Boulevard and through Retiro Park, considered one of Europe’s most beloved treasures. Along the way, discover hidden secrets behind the hit TV series “Money Heist” and visit the places it was filmed. By the end of the tour you’ll have seen Madrid through the eyes of a local, passed by famous landmarks and buildings, and learned about the city’s remarkable history.

    Sharon was a magnificent guide. He was so knowledgeable of Spanish history, and he really blended it nicely with information about the making of Money Heist.

  • Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

    7. Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

    If you want your visit be complete in Madrid, you cannot miss seeing some of the world’s great masterpieces located in this museum. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. The collection hosts thousands of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures to be discovered by the visitors. Don't miss the most important ones - the visit will be focused on Durero, Fra Angélico, El Bosco, Tizziano, Tintoretto, El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens, and Goya.

    Loved the experience with the tour guide. The interesting part is that the guid knew how to explain the painting from different angles in order to understand the painting techniques. I highly recommend it.

  • Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

    8. Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

    See El Retiro's most famous sites including the Crystal Palace, the Philip IV Gate, as well as places that are not listed in guidebooks. El Retiro has more than 19,000 trees of 167 different species, a lake, and a variety of different sculptures, important buildings, and gardens that make the park one of the main attractions in Madrid. Along the way, you'll gain valuable insights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, walk with your guide along the Paseo del Prado until you reach the Prado Museum, which is the main Spanish national art museum. El Prado is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century. It's based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of painting and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections o...

  • Madrid 3-Hour Bike Tour in English

    9. Madrid 3-Hour Bike Tour in English

    Discover the monuments and people of Madrid on an intimate cycling tour and see places not accessible to other modes of transport. Whether travelling alone or with friends, the 3-hour bike tour is the perfect way to spend your time in the city. You will be in the company of a knowledgeable English-speaking monitor, who will provide useful tips and advice about what to do and see while in Madrid. Pedal through Plaza Mayor, the Paseo del Prado, home of the legendary Prado Museum, and the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), official residence of the Spanish monarchy. See the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, and ride through the city’s landmark Parque del Retiro. You will stop en route at various points of interest, to hear the fascinating history and stories of Madrid’s people and places. Get to know all the must-see attractions of the Spanish capital, and discover spots away from the typica...

    Our guide Job was excellent and Madrid is a beautiful city with good streets. However, the route took us onto a number of large thorough fares with heavy auto traffic and this was a bit stressful.

  • Madrid City Bus Tour and Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

    10. Madrid City Bus Tour and Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

    Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Accompanied by a local expert guide, begin your 2.5-hour tour at Ferraz St. Pass through Gran Vía street, Plaza de España, Moncloa, Mayor street, Puerta del Sol, and Puerta de Alcalá until the Bullring. Visit Columbus Square, Paseo de la Castellana, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.  Then, you have the chance to visit one of the most important galleries in the city, the Prado Museum. The Magnificent 18th-century building holds masterpieces by Spanish masters including Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Ribera, and Murillo. It also displays works by important foreign painters including Raphael, Rubens, Bosch, and Titian.

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What people are saying about Paseo del Prado

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 294 reviews

It was fifth time in Madrid and in the Prado and it never disappoints. This time was very special since I hosted my son, his wife, and the two granddaughters, ages 12 and 13, who live in Granada. My son met his wife in Madrid and just before their first daughter was born they moved to Cadiz. They had only passed through the airport in the past years and this reunion and the tour of all the galleries was very special. My granddaughters stayed with me for the tour and I had a of all the important artists we wanted to see. Goya, Velasquez, Ribera, Ruebens and on and on. The Bosch exhibit was particularly fascinating and as a retired teacher, it was so fantastic to "teach" the museum to my young granddaughters. The map and layout was easy to follow and we found all the important works on my list, easily. I highly recommend this gallery as a "must-see" on Madrid!

we got the 8pm tour . it was great seeing Madrid at night with all the lighting.

Excellent experience with overwhelming paintings and sculptures of Europe.

Excellent survey of European Paintings Good cafeteria and nice personnel

The great tour, the driver in good English, a recommendable experience