Near the Royal Palace the Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place, which is definitely worth seeing!
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?
Royal 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.37
Open hours: from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
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