Palacio De Cristal
Palacio De Cristal
4.5
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Retiro
How to get there
  • Ibiza • 9 min walk
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  • MargaretPowell
    Melbourne, Australia1,589 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure you View from Different Directions and Angles
    i missed this last summer as it requires a bit of a walk uphill and it was too hot! Winter or shoulder is the best time to do all the walking and park activities in more comfort. Take the metro to either Retiro or even Atocha or the Arts station just before Atocha and let your map app guide you there. the park is criss crossed with tracks and it is much nicer walking under the canopy on crushed rock than on paving. This glass house is actually bigger than i was expecting. Make sure you walk entirely around it because depending on the angle of the sun it is a bit camouflaged and hauntingly beautiful from some angles. Free. Stop at a park cafe or bar after or sit and rest.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 February 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,712 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Unique Glass Palace
    Palacio De Cristal or Glass palace is located at El Retiro Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally built in 1887 as a greenhouse as part of an exhibition on the Philippines. It is now used all year round as a venue for hosting temporary exhibitions. It was modelled on Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace which had been erected in Hyde Park (London) back in 1851. Whilst in this pretty park its worth visiting this unique building.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,063 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty greenhouse
    The Palacio de Cristal or Crystal Palace is a striking building from the outside. It is in Retiro Park, and unfortunately when I went the inside was closed. The Crystal Palace originally was a part of an exhibit in the Philippines before it was moved to Madrid.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 June 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY3,063 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Palacio de Cristal or Crystal Palace is a striking building from the outside. It is in Retiro Park, and unfortunately when I went the inside was closed. The Crystal Palace originally was a part of an exhibit in the Philippines before it was moved to Madrid.
Written 28 June 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Crystal Palace is an interesting glass and metal structure located in Retiro Park. It was originally built for the Philippine Exhibition of 1887, now used for various art and exhibitions. It was closed when we visited, but the exterior also interesting to see.
Written 16 May 2024
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Alessandra Funcia
Arisdorf, Switzerland374 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Curious and interesting to know this place. Best is to visit the park where it is placed. We could not visit its interior. From outside it looks beautiful.
Written 26 March 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,712 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Palacio De Cristal or Glass palace is located at El Retiro Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It was originally built in 1887 as a greenhouse as part of an exhibition on the Philippines.

It is now used all year round as a venue for hosting temporary exhibitions.

It was modelled on Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace which had been erected in Hyde Park (London) back in 1851.

Whilst in this pretty park its worth visiting this unique building.
Written 19 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MargaretPowell
Melbourne, Australia1,589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
i missed this last summer as it requires a bit of a walk uphill and it was too hot! Winter or shoulder is the best time to do all the walking and park activities in more comfort. Take the metro to either Retiro or even Atocha or the Arts station just before Atocha and let your map app guide you there. the park is criss crossed with tracks and it is much nicer walking under the canopy on crushed rock than on paving. This glass house is actually bigger than i was expecting. Make sure you walk entirely around it because depending on the angle of the sun it is a bit camouflaged and hauntingly beautiful from some angles. Free. Stop at a park cafe or bar after or sit and rest.
Written 2 February 2024
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Nurikabe_12
New York City, NY794 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Nothing here actually. The glass isn't even cleaned regularly. It just looks like some unkempt empty greenhouse.
Written 30 November 2023
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Margie D
York, PA1,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This stands out through the trees - so beautiful, whether viewing up close or across the pond! Sometimes houses a collection from Reina Sofia museum.
Written 30 October 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Walking around Retiro Park on a blisteringly hot August afternoon with temperatures at 107 degrees Fahrenheit my twin brother Stephen and I passed Palacio De Cristal and what an amazing structure this is to view.
The Palacio De Cristal ( Glass Palace ) is made almost entirely from glass set in an iron framework ,it stands over 22 metres high and is in the shape of a Greek cross ,it's such a really eye catching and photogenic building and most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area of Parque Del Retiro.
Written 10 October 2023
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Fisherfamilysc
142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately, we were not able to walk around inside as it was closed, but it was still a site to see. It looks so delicate sitting there with the sun beaming off of it.
Written 7 October 2023
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Laughing S
Paris, France68 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The palacio itself is very nice looking outside. It is closed right now. DO NOT GO HAVE A DRINK IN THE SMALL BAR-terrace just outside!! : the guys are not friendly at all and we were be served a drink we didn’t order but the guys didn’t care at all!
Written 27 September 2023
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