Palacio de Cristal

Palacio de Cristal, Madrid

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In the middle of the gigantic city park: El Retiro park is Palacio de Cristal, or the glass palace. The Palacio de Cristal, in the shape of a Greek cross, is made almost entirely of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, which is decorated with ceramics.

Built in 1887, this glass palace was used as a greenhouse to display tropical plants from the Philippines, but today it belongs to the Reina Sofia Museum and is used to host art exhibitions throughout the year.

In front of the Palacio de Cristal is a beautiful pond where the trees literally grow out of the water. The pond is home to many turtles that swim around here and sunbathe in the grass.

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El Retiro Park

El Retiro Park, Madrid

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El Retiro park is an oasis of calm in busy Madrid. It is the most famous park in all of Madrid, in the heart of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Until the 17th century, this park was the private park of the royal family. Fortunately, it is now an open city park, where everyone can escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

With an area of 1.4 km² you will always find a place where you can enjoy peace and quiet. Walk around the large rowing pond, take a tour in one of the rowing boats, see the glass ‘Palacio de Cristal’, enjoy the greenery, the atmosphere and the street musicians.

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