Street that runs by the Prado, contains at least a dozen fountains. Also restaurants, etc. The street runs from the Plaza de Cibeles to Atocha station and contains lots of fountains up and down its short run.
One of the worlds great museum and a must to visit while in Madrid ,for the lovers of Goya,Velazquez,and others. The museum is big to see nicely and intensively you need a full day. Van Gogh exhibition extended to march 2013.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10h to 20h. Sundays and Holidays from 10h to 19h, closed jan 1, May 1, and Dec 25th. there are days with reduce hours such as Jan 6, Dec 24,31 from 10h to 14h
Adult admission price is 12€
there are 3 main access points at Puerta de los Jerónimos, and Puerta de Goya Alta for individuals
you get there several ways, such as metro Banco de España and Atocha. Buses Línes 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 ,and 45. the train at ATocha and cercanias at Atocha and Recoletos.
Paseo del Prado is a large road that starts from Cibeles square with a big pedestrian pavement at the center. The nice gardens with beautiful flowers along the way, some interesting fountains (check the Neptune close to Prado museum) will make your walking even more interesting but the basic reason for you will be the three major museums of Madrid that are situated along Paseo del Prado.
The Prado museum is probably the most famous museum in Madrid. Its huge collection used to be a royal collection but in our days you can find so many interesting paintings that you need a lot of hours to enjoy it. El Greco, Velazquez, Goya and so many others are there to impress you. Amazing collection, don’t miss it!
Entrance fee: 6 euro Free admission on Sundays(17:00-20:00) Tuesday to Saturday (18:00-20:00)
Opening hours 9:00-20:00. closed on Mondays
The Museo de Arte Reina Sofía was the first one I ever visited in Madrid. It’s located on a building from 18th century (San Carlos Hospital). There are 2 glass elevators that takes you up. Most of the items are from the 20th century. The highlights of the museum include masterpieces of Picasso and Salvador Dali. When I saw Guernica for the first time I was shocked because I didn’t know it was so big!
Opening times: 10.00 - 21.00, Sunday till 14.30, closed on Tuesday
Entrance Fee: 6euro Free on Sunday(10-14:30), Saturday(14.30-21.00), May 18, October 12, December 6
Although I was tired when I visited this one I have to admit that the collection of paintings is great! The museum opened in 1992 and it is housed in the Palacio de Villahermosa from 19th century. Baron Thyseen Bornemisza’s father started to collect paints in 1920 and Hans Heinrich continue to collect more paintings. You can see amazing paintings from all over the world. The museum is much smaller than Prado so probably you will enjoy it more.
Opening times: 10.00 - 19.00 Closed on Monday
Entrance fee: 6 euro
Fancy a break from museum watching? Then Paseo del Prado might be for you. The street goes between the Botanical Gardens and the Cibeles Fountain. In the middle of the street there's a wide islet with benches, fountains (their water is NOT drinkable) and a small children's play park with swings. If you get hungry there's a Vips restaurant close by (read my separate tip about it) and there's kiosks that sell water and ice cream.
Parkway Paseo del Prado has been laid in the XVIII century. Since then and till now the parkway is the most fashionable place for walks. Streets adjoining to parkway represent "museum district". Tthe best museums of Spain are located there: Prado museum, the Museum of Applied art, the Museum of Army, the Museum of Tissen-Bornemis and others.