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

1. 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. 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 Francisco el Grande • Catedral de la Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo de Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía • Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid Route 2 • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes • Plaza de Neptuno High Season: March to October 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Low Season: November to February 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Madrid: Prado Museum Direct Entrance Ticket

2. 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 century. Once inside, you can purchase an audio guide to quickly lead you to works by artists such as Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Sánchez Coello, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Alonso Cano, Velázquez and Goya.

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-Bornemisza Collection. Of private origins, this international collection that now belongs to the Spanish nation introduces us to the remarkable tastes of its two principal creators: Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1875-1947) and his son, Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1921-2002). In contrast to the Spanish royal collections with their majestic works of art, a visit to this essentially private collection offers a delightfully intimate experience. In 2004 the Collection was joined by the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, consisting of more than 200 works on deposit with the Museum that complement the styles and genres already present in the Permanent Collection. Accessible, dynamic, ground-breaking, sustainable and with the highest standards of visitor services, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza focuses on all sectors of the public, particularly young people; Temporary exhibitions, concerts, live music, workshops, film and theater together create a wide range of options aimed at all our visitors.

Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia, & Thyssen Museums

4. Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia, & Thyssen Museums

The Art Walk Pass will allow you to marvel the best of Spanish art in Madrid. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the three most important museums of the capital of Spain, the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. At Prado, you will learn about the museum’s history as you walk around admiring the artwork made between the 14th and 19th centuries. In Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum, admire the work from some of Spain’s finest 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Explore the hallways and galleries, and learn how and why these talented people created their art. After visiting the Reina Sofia, you will have a little break for lunch (not included) before you continue to the Thyssen Museum. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum takes you on a incredible journey through seven centuries of European painting. Given the wealth and variety of its treasures, comprising more than a thousand works of art, you should start your visit in the section that most interests you. Italian primitives, the German Renaissance, 19th-century American art, Impressionism, German Expressionism and Russian Constructivism are the most widely represented schools and movements in the museum.

Madrid: City Highlights Private Bike Tour

5. Madrid: City Highlights Private Bike Tour

Start your private tour from the bike shop in the heart of Madrid near Puerta del Sol. Get a guide that speaks English, French, Dutch, or Spanish to ensure that you can understand their fascinating commentary. Tour for 3 hours through small streets and parks. Ride through the hippest areas of Madrid, the neighborhoods of Chueca and Malasaña. Soak up the modern shopping and dining area of Chueca. Enjoy the bohemian vibe of Malasaña to ‘La Movida de Madrid'. See splendid views from El Parque Del Oeste. Cruise to an Egyptian/Roman Temple of Debod that was a gift from the government of Egypt and hear the story behind this impressive present. Marvel at the mighty Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. Stop in the old market and get recommendations on what to eat. Bike to El Barrio Las Letras, El Parque Del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park), pass by the Fountain of Neptune, Prado Museum, and the incredible city hall of Madrid (el Palacio de Cibeles). See this and more on this thrilling tour of Madrid.

Majestic Madrid 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

6. Majestic Madrid 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Get to know part of Madrid on a 2-hour walking tour of some of its more majestic streets and districts. Begin your tour directly east of the ancient heart of Madrid in the literary neighborhood, the Barrio de las Letras. It's here where some of the greatest writers, poets, and playwrights in history lived. The memorable quotes lining the streets make it one of the cultural highlights of the city by day, and the busy bars and cafés make it a party hotspot by night. As you walk through the area, discover one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite bars, along with his passion for bullfighting. Then visit the Cervantes House, where one of the world's greatest novels, Don Quixote, was written. Next, walk down Calle de Alcalá and the Paseo del Prado, where you'll find iconic buildings that form an incredible skyline of bold designs, vibrant colors, and monumental grandeur.

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

7. 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 Republic in the 1930's. Learn about the bombings and suffering experienced by people in Guernica and how this event shocked Picasso.  Your guide is prepared to customize the tour to meet the needs of each guest, whether you are a visitor with a general interest or a seasoned art lover. After enjoying your personalized tour, spend time visiting the temporary exhibitions or re-visit a specific artwork independently. You may want to reflect on the exhibits by resting your feet on a garden seat in the shady cloister or by having a coffee in a cafeteria.

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 of other types of works. Explore one of the greatest art museums in the world without having to queue. Once you get inside, you'll be able to marvel at the incredible works of Francisco Goya, the most extensively represented artist in the collection, as well as orks by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez.

Madrid: Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

9. Madrid: Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Examine artworks by international artists such as Goya and Velazquez. Learn the use of different pictorial techniques and find out the customs and habits of society in the past. Marvel at Las Meninas, famous for the unparalleled use of the perspective. Hear about the characters, details, anecdotes, and secrets hidden in the paintings that otherwise you would not realize.  Prado Museum is located in the heart of Madrid. It is definitely an unmissable landmark in the Capital of Spain. Inaugurated in 1819, Prado Museum is the home to more than 7,000 paintings. Immerse yourself in Prado Museum and travel to the most brilliant epoch of the history of arts. Admire paintings from the North of Europe like the Flemish. Exquisite, precious, and full of detail paintings made by genius as Van der Weyden fill the rooms of the museum. Enjoy the enigmatic artwork by Bosch, which are a mirror of the society and beliefs of his time. See Italian paintings made by Fra Angelico, Rafael, and Titian whose equestrian portraits and religious painting became a source of influents for later artists. 

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 11,540 reviews

Highly recommended to get an overview of the city. But beware: which bus you board for which tour is only visible at the front of the bus! I thought blue seats - blue tour - a mistake ;-)!

This activity is highly recommended to get to know and locate the main places of interest in the city. You go down and go up when you need it to enter a museum or visit a place

I went in a Saturday and the lines everywhere were so long! Fortunately I bought this pass and went straight to the front, got my tickets and enjoyed my day. Worth it

You can discover the beautiful city of Madrid in a short time. Buses come very regularly.

Nice to have booked entrance from home, then you are sure to get in.