Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid and learn about the Habsburg dynasty
Discover Madrid’s old town and the history of the Habsburgs, the dinasty that brought splendour to the city
Avoid waiting in line with our fast-track ticket to explore the Royal Palace of Madrid
Enjoy a safe and comfortable tour in a small group of up to 12 people in English, Japanese, Korean, or Chinese
Prices (fast-track tickets included)
Adults (11+): 45€ Children (5-10): 15€ Infants (0-4): Free
Royal Palace of Madrid & Habsburgs Tour Details
Join a local English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean-speaking guide and get ready to explore Madrid’s old town, also known as the Habsburgs’ Madrid. The Habsburgs are the dynasty of monarchs that established the country’s capital in Madrid, bringing the city to its highest splendor.
On this 90 minutes tour, you will see highlights like Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor or the Cathedral of La Almudena. You will also learn valuable tips, like where to eat the best churros con chocolate in town.
If there is a palace in Europe that you can’t miss, that is the Royal Palace of Madrid. With more than 3,000 rooms, this is the biggest palace in Europe, twice the size of Buckingham Palace in London! At the end of the tour, you will get a fast-track ticket and audio guide to explore this imposing building at your own pace.
The Royal Palace is usually fully booked several days in advance. Make sure to book ahead before all tickets are sold out!
Puerta del Sol, next to “Oso y el Madroño” Statue. Your guide will be wearing a blue cap with The Touring Pandas logo.
Royal Palace of Madrid. Calle de Bailén, s/n
The Royal Palace of Madrid & Habsburgs Tour departs daily at
Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before
The Royal Palace of Madrid & Habsburgs Tour lasts approximately 3 hours (1h30min tour, 1h30min recommended visit inside the Royal Palace of Madrid)
.Habsburgs Tour in English, Japanese, Korean or Chinese
.Small Group (up to 12 people)
.Puerta del Sol
.Plaza de la Villa
.Monasterio de las Descalzas (exterior)
.Cathedral of Almudena (exterior)
.Royal Palace of Madrid fast-track ticket
.Royal Palace smart guide tablet
.Admission to Monasterio de las Descalzas
.Admission to Cathedral of La Almudena
Cancellations and amendments
You can cancel or reschedule the tour up to 48 hours before departure time. After that, it is non-refundable. In case of force majeure or inclement weather, the guided tour can be cancelled or rescheduled by the Touring Pandas, and the corresponding amount will be refunded. Make sure to arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before departure. Latecomers and no-shows don’t get a refund.
Don’t miss your chance to discover the Royal Palace and the history of the Habsburg dinasty. This is a popular tour, so it sells out fast! If you want to know about the most acclaimed museums in Spain, we also recommend you to check our Landscape of Light & Prado Museum Tour.
Our tour starts at the Puerta del Sol, the most famous plaza in Madrid. This place is famous because it's the main venue to welcome the New Year. The plaza is full of anecdotes and curiosities like Spain's km0, the Tio Pepe advertisement... Meet your guide next to the El Oso y Madroño statue!
2. Plaza Mayor
This majestuous plaza surrounded by arches is one of the most popular to have a drink and spend a pleasant afternoon under the sun. This place in the heart of Madrid is always full of life and it's one of the best to find a good Bocata de Calamares!
3. Palacio de Justicia
This Renaissance building used to be Madrid's old prison. A celebrity was jailed in one of the towers... guess who? We'll just give you a clue for now: it was the king of a neighboring country.
4. San Miguel Market
San Miguel is one of Madrid's oldest markets, now turned into a mecca of modern cuisine and trendy tapas! Don't miss the chance to take a glimpse at the people coming and going, the shouting and the laughter. Will you resist the temptation to take some gourmet souvenirs?
5. Plaza de la Villa
This picturesque plaza is now a very quiet place in the center of Madrid. But it was far busier in the past! The building on the right side of the square used to be the City Hall until it was moved to the Palacio de Cibeles in 2007.
6. Monasterio de las Descalzas
Literally, the name of this place is "The Monastery of the Barefooted Ladies". But trust us: the ladies here were all but barefoot! This is where the little girls of the Spanish monarchy were taught proper manners to be raised as princesses.
7. Plaza de Oriente
This large esplanade full of gardens is surrounded by some of Madrid's noblest buildings: the Royal Palace and the Royal Theatre. Take some time to look at the madrileños coming and going before continuing the tour: there is usually background music!
8. Cathedral of La Almudena
The Cathedral of La Almudena is one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Spain. This magnificent cathedral is where the King and the Queen of Spain celebrated their marriage in 2004.
9. End Point: Royal Palace of Madrid
Finally, you will arrive at the entrance of the Royal Palace of Madrid. Before the farewell, your guide will facilitate the fast track tickets to avoid the lines and once inside, you will get a smart tablet guide to explore the palace at your own pace.