Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace / Luis Kelly (Flickr / C.C.)
Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace / Luis Kelly (Flickr / C.C.)

During our Madrid Free Walking Tour you can enjoy one of the greatest shows in the city, the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace in Madrid!

The first Wednesday of each month the Royal Palace in Madrid is dressed up and decorated with flags to host an incredible spectacle, worthy of the most emblematic palaces in Europe.

Since it was held for the first time in 2007, the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace has become one of the favorite attractions for tourists and locals: more than four hundreds soldiers, vintage carriages, artillery pieces, Spanish horses and a music band.

Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace / Luis Kelly (Flickr / C.C.)
Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace

At 12 o´clock drums and horse footsteps resound throughout the square. The gates of the Palace open up and hundreds of soldiers, dressed in uniforms of the nineteenth century, march to the beat of the music. Definitely a show that makes all attendees shudder.

The event lasts approximately 45 minutes and the influx of public is considerable. In fact additional stands need to be installed to accommodate the tourists. Loudspeakers explain the ceremony and introduce the different regiments of the Royal Guard.

The ceremony includes ancient carriages and horses
The ceremony includes ancient carriages and horses

If you want to enjoy Madrid and discover the Spanish capital, join our Free Tour in Madrid every day at 10:45 (Puerta del Sol Square)! For about 2 hours and a half we will unveil the secrets of Madrid: legends, intersting historical facts, insider tips, unique off the beaten track places and much more. Book now your Free Tour in Madrid

Useful Information:

When? First Wednesday of each month at 12 o´clock
Where? Royal Palace (Calle Bailen s/n)
Price: Free Admission

Photo: Luis Kelly / OgoTours