Palacio De Cristal
Palacio De Cristal
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Neighbourhood: Retiro
How to get there
  • Ibiza • 9 min walk
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  • MargaretPowell
    Melbourne, Australia1,589 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure you View from Different Directions and Angles
    i missed this last summer as it requires a bit of a walk uphill and it was too hot! Winter or shoulder is the best time to do all the walking and park activities in more comfort. Take the metro to either Retiro or even Atocha or the Arts station just before Atocha and let your map app guide you there. the park is criss crossed with tracks and it is much nicer walking under the canopy on crushed rock than on paving. This glass house is actually bigger than i was expecting. Make sure you walk entirely around it because depending on the angle of the sun it is a bit camouflaged and hauntingly beautiful from some angles. Free. Stop at a park cafe or bar after or sit and rest.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 February 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,772 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Unique Glass Palace
    Palacio De Cristal or Glass palace is located at El Retiro Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally built in 1887 as a greenhouse as part of an exhibition on the Philippines. It is now used all year round as a venue for hosting temporary exhibitions. It was modelled on Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace which had been erected in Hyde Park (London) back in 1851. Whilst in this pretty park its worth visiting this unique building.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty greenhouse
    The Palacio de Cristal or Crystal Palace is a striking building from the outside. It is in Retiro Park, and unfortunately when I went the inside was closed. The Crystal Palace originally was a part of an exhibit in the Philippines before it was moved to Madrid.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 June 2024
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FJGonzalezG
Bethesda, MD1,173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
On the late-February day of our visit to the Palacio de Cristal (Cristal Palace) , the venue was so packed with tourists that our group was unable to enter and see the Reina Sofia Museum's exhibit of work by visual artist Jaume Plensa. Nonetheless, the building is impressive, ideally set, and wonderfully maintained. Well worth a visit, even if you can't enter.

Plopped in the middle of Madrid's Buen Retiro Park and facing the Cascada pond, the Palacio de Cristal is a conservatory built in 1887 on the occasion of the Exposition of the Philippines, held in the same year, then a Spanish colonial possession. The architect was Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, one of the iconic architects of Madrid in the 19th century.
Written 25 April 2020
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Catarina
Faro, Portugal14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
It's full with nature and the architecture of the palace is so beautiful!! It’s really a tall building. There were ducks and turtles in the lake next to the mirror's palace, and also what it seemed to be a beautiful black swan. I recommend going early in the morning around 8-9am since it's not crowded yet so that you can appreciate the sounds of nature around it!
Written 12 February 2023
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This striking cast iron and glass palace built in 1887 was modelled after London’s Crystal Palace at Hyde Park. Owned by the Reina Sofia Museum, it is used primarily for temporary exhibitions. It was free to enter but when we went a little underwhelming inside - empty, except for mirrors that let you see the ceiling and mist being sprayed throughout? I think it's best seen when there's exhibitions inside...
Written 26 November 2022
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sheepygold
london5,400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We love coming to this gorgeous glasshouse with its amazing external decoration. Unfortunately I find the art exhibitions generally awful and the current one doesn't disappoint. The brochure for the exhibition reads like a rather unintelligible rant by the artist which bears little resemblance to the pieces he is showing. Great venue, pretty rubbish art.
Written 1 February 2020
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sandra n
Sun City, AZ1,240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
While visiting Parque de Retiro (see my review), this was a nice unexpected bonus that was a delight to see. This area of the park is really a photographer's dream, with the beauty of this romantic Victorian glass gem, and the outdoor water completing the setting. I could just imagine this as the perfect choice for wedding photos. We had some special "Birthday" memories, which were great. I also enjoyed choosing a few pieces of jewelry from a couple of vendors outside the Palace very reasonably priced. Have yourself a lovely visit also.
Written 5 February 2020
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
The Palacio De Cristal is a gorgeous glass and cast iron structure in Retiro Park in Madrid. My wife visited on a Sunday afternoon. It was a relaxing and leisurely experience. The crystal house is one of the main features of the park.
Written 3 October 2020
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MargaretPowell
Melbourne, Australia1,589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
i missed this last summer as it requires a bit of a walk uphill and it was too hot! Winter or shoulder is the best time to do all the walking and park activities in more comfort. Take the metro to either Retiro or even Atocha or the Arts station just before Atocha and let your map app guide you there. the park is criss crossed with tracks and it is much nicer walking under the canopy on crushed rock than on paving. This glass house is actually bigger than i was expecting. Make sure you walk entirely around it because depending on the angle of the sun it is a bit camouflaged and hauntingly beautiful from some angles. Free. Stop at a park cafe or bar after or sit and rest.
Written 2 February 2024
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
A beautiful place, a beautiful palace. This palace is one of a kind. The Crystal Palace is the most famous object of the Retiro Park. It was designed by Ricardo Velazquez Bosco, an architect who modeled on the London glass palace. The facility was built in 1887 on a Greek cross plan. The Crystal Palace is located in the middle of Retiro Park, in the vicinity of the lake, which is accessed by stairs. Visitors to the gardens can go down directly to the shore and take a closer look at the ducks, geese, black swans and turtles that inhabit the lake. It's free to enter.
Written 16 November 2021
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Kmcoyle
Sanbornville, NH1,276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This beautiful structure has a little lake in front which enhances the stunning setting. The building is all glass with metal framing and two major "wings. The building is much bigger than I had expected! Entrance is free, and though the line is long, it moves quickly. Inside, the building displays the works of an artist which changes over time. Also, on the lower level is a free men's and women's bathrooms ( few are far between in Spain!)
Written 28 March 2023
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
One of the "must sees" in the Park. Modelled to an extent on the London Crystal Palace of the great exhibition this is an impressive construction of iron and glass which sometimes contains a small exhibition. Best viewed on a sunny day from across the pond when the building and the trees are reflected in the water.
Written 10 May 2022
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