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Parque Del Retiro | Paseo Republica de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid Madrid, Spain
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 June 2016

This beautiful structureof wrought iron and glass was built in the parc by Ricardo Velazquez Bosco for the 1887 Colonial Exhibition. Today it is used as an exhibition gallery.

4  Thank branka011
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Reviewed 11 January 2015

I can't believe this has a trip advisor page, this building is empty inside!! Beautiful in the park it is located in, but its empty inside.

2  Thank Ashleigh B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn't get inside but it didn't matter because the exterior and setting are really what this place is about. An attractive glass building that i imagine would be an excellent place to hold exhibitions

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Crystal Palace is a neat place to visit if you are in the Retiro Park. Entrance is free and there were no lines to get in. You only need a few minutes to see it all.

1  Thank ToonTowner
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

what is nice about this site is that to come on and view the palace it is free. We arrived on an overcast morning before we headed over to the Reina Sofia Museum. It was not crowded but inside was very warm (the palace was...More

1  Thank VVF621
Reviewed 5 October 2018

This was our second visit to the Palacio and interestingly the requirement for shoe covers has been removed (as per our visit in November). The building is probably not used correctly in its current guise as a place for exhibitions because as an orangery it...More

1  Thank gilescorenwannabe
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

There are a few glass artworks and toilets down stairs here, but nothing else to see apart from the amazing structure of this building. The walk through the park is nice. Free entry. I understand this is used for exhibitions sometimes. There was no wait...More

1  Thank Peter C
Reviewed 30 September 2018

This palace should be called the GLASS palace. I did not see any crystal. Still worth a visit if you go to the Retiro park. There is a nice pond in front of the palace and you can get some nice pictures. There was a...More

Thank wwjd1947
Reviewed 20 September 2018

The palace is one of the sites in the park. It's nice but not anything out of the ordinary. The park is awesome so it's still worth visiting.

Thank Ken Q
Reviewed 18 September 2018

I was really excited to see this but I got there and was really disappointed. I don't understand why this is an attraction. It's an empty glass structure. It's a trek to find too so after all the walking and following signs to find it,...More

Thank alwzfocused
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

The crystal palace is a lovely structure to enjoy while exploring Retiro Park. It was built in 1887 as a greenhouse and is composed almost exclusively of glass and thin steel framing. It’s unique and beautiful but also mostly empty, except for temporary exhibits. There...More

Thank GoLeafs85
Reviewed 14 September 2018

This is weird, and I didn’t understand this building at all. It was pretty much empty but for a few sculptures. Anyway, I recommend a visit if you’re in the area as the pond in front of it is lovely with turtles, ducks, swans and...More

Thank Tracey_from_Syd
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Jim D
7 August 2016|
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Response from Sheila M | Reviewed this property |
Free to get in and during the summer the Reina Sofia museum typically does free temporary art exhibits inside. To find the bathroom, go inside the building, walk all the way to the back - there are two staircases to go down... More
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Ashley L
12 November 2015|
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Response from Roxana M | Reviewed this property |
Retiro Park and The Crystal Palace are free entrance. Inside the palace is nothing but a very modern exhibition. When I took a long walk through the park, I just wanted to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful colours of... More
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