If you love art you need to go once in a lifetime to the Museo del Prado at Madrid, Spain. It is a giant temple of art, one of the most important art museums in the world and it was opened in 1819 because Ferdinand VII of Spain wanted to have an art gallery like the Louvre. And like I got lost in the museum at Paris, France I got lost at the Prado. After some hours the art buffer in your brain flows over and you’re still not even close to have seen everything. It’s better to be well prepared and to focus on the most important works.
The funny thing is: a lot of works have already been taken out of the exhibition. All works of the 19th and 20th century can be found in the Museo Reina Sofía. But still there is this endless collection of paintings, statues and other artworks. Important artists included in the collection are Sandro Botticelli, Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Raffael, Peter Paul Rubens, Tiziano and Diego Velázquez. You should buy tickets online in advance – that is especially necessary if you want a timeslot for a temporary exhibiton. If you get here at the wrong point in time you should expect some waiting times. For individual travellers there is a special side entrance. The museum also has a very nice shop and a good coffee bar and restaurant. You will need it!
Museo del Prado
Calle de Ruiz de Alarcon, 23