Sports and Culture in Madrid
In Madrid there are several things to see if you are interested in sports or culture and we would like to tell you about some of them.
- Santiago Bernabeu stadium: For soccer fans and especially for fans of the FC Real Madrid, it's essential to visit the Bernabeu stadium when visiting Madrid. The stadium was inaugurated in 1947 and nowadays it has a capacity of around 81,000 spectators. The stadium was the hoster of many important soccer games like the European Cup in 1957, 1968 and 1980 and also of the UEFA Champions League Final in 2010.
It is the second-largest stadium all over Spain and it's definitely worth a visit. There are tours where you can check out the trophy cabinet, the pitch, the presidential box, the dugouts and also the technical area, the dressing rooms of the players and a lot more. If you would like to join a tour also covering this stadium, check out our Panoramic Tour & Football.
- Vicente Calderon stadium: The Atletico Madrid is another important soccer club in Madrid, as well famous in the whole world. It's also possible to visit the stadium and explore the Atletico Madrid Museum and the Pablo Ornaque Collection, where you will travel through the history of this soccer club.
- Madrid Snowzone: Get your snowboard ready and visit the only indoor ski slope all over Spain. It is located 23km from the center of Madrid at the Xanadu shopping center. With 1800m2 it's the biggest one in Europe with two different runs, one for beginners and one for the more experienced skiers or snowboarders. Of course you don't need to bring all your equipment on the plane as it's possible to rent it there, they have 400 sets of equipment to rent and a ski school. The Snowzone is opened all year long, so if you need some cool air in Madrid's hot summer and want to have great fun, it's an excellent place to visit.
- Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour: This spectaculous event takes place at the bullring Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, the first time it was shown there was in 2002. There are many famous freestyle motorcrossers who will show what they are able to on the motorbike, riders like Robbie Maddison with his spectacular stunt "Volt" or Tom Page from France will certainly impress you, to find the date of the next event, check their website.
- Prado Museum: The Museo del Prado is Spain's main national art museum located dierctly in Madrid's center. You will find a huge variety of European art, dating back from the 12th to the early 19th century. The Prado museum is one of the most visited sites in the world as it shows approximately 7,600 paintings, 8,200 drawings, 1,000 sculptures and also many different temporary exhibitions. Some highlights of the collection in this museum are definitively the huge number of works by Francisco de Goya, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch. It counts nearly 3 million visitors annualy and if you are interested in art, it's absolutely worth one or better many visits.
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: You will find this museum, that the locals just call the Thyssen, near the Prado museum at one of Madrid's main boulevards. More than 1,600 paintings are shown in chronical order. You will find exhibits from Italian primitives and works from the German, Dutch and English schools and also artworks from Impressionists and Expressionists and American and European paintings from the second half of the 20th century.
- MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía: This museum is Spain's number one modern art exhibition as it features works by Tapies, Klein and Dali and many interesting temporary exhibitions ranging from mainstream to anarchic. As art is not that famous with kids they are having fun in the outside glass-walled elevator. The museum is named for Queen Sofia and was inaugurated in 1992. Most of the art you will find here is Spanish but you will also find other pieces.
- Caixa Forum: The Caixa Forum is a museum and cultural center sponsored by the Spanish bank La Caixa. The architects Herzog and de Meuron constructed it from 2001 to 2007. It features an exciting range of innovative and traditional exhibitions and also a vertical climbing garden.
- Museum Cerralbo: The museum houses the collection of Marquis of Cerralbo, Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa. This 19th century building is the former residence of its founder and was opened in 1944. Among its highlights there are works by Zurburan, El Greco and Francis of Assisi and also lots of Western and Oriental armor and weapons.
If you are a fan of museums and want to explore the city, too, why not join our Panoramic Tour & Museums?