A Madrid tour is one that travelers won’t forget. The city boasts a number of fun and exciting activities in Madrid, from visiting the famous Prado museum to the many plazas that dot the city. If you’re interested in taking a historical tour that highlights that city’s rich past, consider a Madrid sightseeing trip that highlights the history of the Habsburgs and a visit to their past official residence.
History Of The Habsburgs
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Habsburgs ruled Spain. Under their control, the country was influential in the region and the world, controlling land that included the Americas, what is now France, Germany, Italy and Portugal and the East Indies. The period under the Habsburg rule is known as the Spanish Age of Expansion and this lasted until the middle of the 17th century when its reign started to decline.
All About The Palace
The palace was the official residence of the Spanish Monarchy until 1931. The palace is still in use, but visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal family will most likely be disappointed though. The palace is only used by the monarchy to royal receptions, formal ceremonies and more. It is extremely lavish and is one of the largest palaces in all of Europe, with 28 rooms and almost 1.5 million square feet of space. Guests can choose to explore the palace at their own pace or choose to take a tour by a professional guide. No matter which way you want to visit the palace, make sure to leave plenty of time to explore the building before it closes (6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday). Admission is around 10 Euros, but is less for a self-guided tour. The palace offers tours in a number of languages, if you aren’t completely fluent in Spanish, make sure to say ‘ingles,’ when purchasing your entry ticket or choose to take a tour with a reputable company with English speaking guides.