€£$
по-русскиen Español (pronto)
enter
1511things to do
in the world
86things to do
in Spain
27things to do
in Madrid

See the Changing of the Guardin Madrid, Spain

#3of 27 things to doin Madrid

Oddviser

adventure's step-by-step
recipes & lifehacks
How to ride a board on volcano in Nicaragua?How to walk inside the active volcano in Greece?How to feed flying dogs in the jungles of Thailand?How to cycle along the Great Wall of China?How to swim in the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome?How to ride a kayak along the canals of Venice?How to walk on the roofs of skyscrapers in Dubai?
Join usit's more fun together :)
Near the Royal Palace the Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place, which is definitely worth seeing!
How to see the Changing of the Guard in Madrid
On Wednesdays, opposite the Prince's Gate (Puerta del Príncipe) in the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) four guards (two infantrymen and two cavalrymen) exchange their duty in the famous display.

The ceremony starts at 11 am and lasts until 2 pm. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place for just 7 minutes, but several times. Foot-soldiers exchange every half an hour and cavaliers - each hour.

However, if you want to catch the the Solemn Changing of the Guard during which the orchestra plays, you should come to Madrid at the beginning of the month, except January, August and September.

Every first Wednesday of the month you will be able to see the Changing of the Guard with the participation of 100 foot-guards, 100 cavaliers and a military band. The ceremony begins at 11:59 am and lasts for 40 minutes only. Come here in advance to get the best seats.

Where to do?

#1Royal Palace of Madrid in MadridRoyal Palace of Madrid

The residence of the Kings of Spain, where you can look at the decoration of the luxurious rooms, see works of famous painters, and once a month see the changing of the guard.

Open hours: from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Reviews

Guest08 December 2022

More things to do in Madrid

#2See flamenco in a tablao in MadridSee flamenco in a tablaoWALLis

Madrid is the capital of flamenco and you can enjoy this fiery dance in tablao, a restaurant with a stage for flamenco.

35
#12Enjoy Madrid from the roof of Circulo de Bellas Artes in MadridEnjoy Madrid from the roof of Circulo de Bellas ArtesMaybe Me

Use the lift, reach the roof and see the sunset on the best viewing platform.

4Circulo de Bellas Artes
#1See a bullfight in MadridSee a bullfightJoan Naples

You have a chance to see the cruel bullfighting, which is banned in many countries, from the best places on the arena.

14Las Ventas
#7Drink coffee on the terrace with the best views of Madrid in MadridDrink coffee on the terrace with the best views of MadridMaybe Me

Take the lift to the terrace and you will be amazed of beauty that opens in front of you!

4Tartan Roof Restaurant
#10Walk in the Sabatini Gardens in MadridWalk in the Sabatini GardensJ Carr

Near the Royal Palace you can relax on a bench next to the noisy fountains and green idols made of boxwood and privet.

FREESabatini Gardens
#17Try churros in MadridTry churrosoddviser

You should to follow the example of Spanish at breakfast and try churros - delicious choux based snack.

4
#27Try the jamon in a museum in MadridTry the jamon in a museumAnna Grishina

At the Ham Museum no tours are conducting, but this is a place where you can try unusual ham made of the black pig.

14The Jamon Museum
#24Try beer ice-cream in MadridTry beer ice-creamНаталья Григорьева

In our days ice cream is not only a dessert, but it is also an excellent addition to meat dishes and salty snacks.

4
#9See the procession of sheep through the city in MadridSee the procession of sheep through the cityKateryna Plakhotna

Every year flocks of sheep pass through the central streets, where they are greeted by the locals.

FREE
#18Find zero kilometer on Puerta del Sol in MadridFind zero kilometer on Puerta del SolJ Carr

Find the center of Madrid, where all the Spanish roads start.

FREEPuerta del Sol
#20Try Cocido Madrileño in MadridTry Cocido Madrileñooddviser

Try the pearl of Madrid cuisine - a dish which is served in three phases and has several kinds of meat and sausages that give it a special taste.

20
Know more things to do?Guest

Share your ideas of what to do in Madrid with other travellers — together we'll make our travellings more interesting!

Photo credit © https://www.flickr.com/photos/jcbm39/