Madrid – The Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium Tour
Now I’m not much of a football fan, but the atmosphere of this stadium is something I will never forget. This spectacular, self-guided tour was the highlight of my visit to Madrid, and it will soon be yours too.
Santiago Bernabéu is Real Madrid’s home stadium which houses a huge range of open facilities; including dressing rooms, trophy rooms, press rooms and even the “Best Club in History” room! And let’s not forget the beautiful panoramic views of the pitch itself.
|TABLE OF CONTENTS|
|1 - How To Get There|
|2 - The Tour|
|3 - Entrance Fees & Booking Tickets|
|4 - Overview|
How To Get There
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu can be found in Northern Madrid, located south of Chamartin on the avenue of Paseo de la Castellana. It’s a twenty-minute drive from Central Madrid, so it’s easily accessible if you’re staying in or around this area. There are numerous options when it comes to travelling there, including the metro service, bus and simply by car.
Getting There By Metro
One of the most efficient ways to reach the stadium is by using Madrid’s metro service. If you reach Metro Line 10 – the Santiago Bernabeu station, the stadium is just a few steps away. This is ideal if you’re planning on getting there via. metro.
Getting There By Bus
You can also reach the stadium by using the Madrid City Tour hop-on-hop-off bus service. If you visit Central Madrid, you’ll see these giants everywhere! These buses follow two routes; the historical route and the modern route. Santiago Bernabéu can be reached on the modern route at stop number seven.
This route was how we got to the stadium, and we were lucky enough to have a stop right outside the hotel we were staying at. But don’t worry, there are plenty of stops around the city, so you’ll have no problem finding one that’s close to where you’re staying. Just make sure it’s on the right route! The service is extremely flexible and allows you to visit all of Madrid’s historical, symbolic and monumental highlights in a single day.
For more information on the Madrid City Tour hop-on-hop-off service – please click here.
There’s just so much to say about this tour, but I’ll try my best to summarise as much as I can in just a few paragraphs.
The first thing to mention is that the tour opens from 10:00 to 19:00 on Mondays to Saturdays, and opens from 10:30 to 18:30 on Sundays and bank holidays. It’s open every day of the year except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, so you’re welcome to visit at any time of the year.
The tour will last for approximately two hours. This will give you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the stadium and all of the facilities, but feel free to take your time as we didn’t feel rushed at all (some say there’s a two-hour time limit.)
From the moment you walk into the stadium, you’ll start off by climbing some stairs/escalators to the top of the stadium where you’ll get a panoramic view of the pitch, allowing you to capture some awesome, Instagram-worthy photographs.
The ‘Best Club in History’, ‘Sensations’ & ‘Photomontage’ Rooms
From here, the structure of the tour is clearly marked. You simply self-guide yourself towards the bottom of the stadium, passing through all of the facilities on the way.
The first few rooms you get to visit include the ‘Best Club in History’ room, the ‘Sensations’ room and ‘Photomontage’ room – which were some absolute favourites of mine. Believe me, if you’re not already a fan of Real Madrid FC, you will be when you leave. You get to see a vast collection of the club’s trophies, football kits, photographs, etc. You’re also able to witness some of the best moments in football history through various screens scattered around.
The Pitch, Presidential Box & The Tunnel, Dugouts & Technical Area
At this point of the tour, you have another chance to visit the pitch at ground level and walk on the same spot that Ronaldo, Figo, and Zidane once walked on. If this isn’t impressive enough, you can also take a seat in the presidential room and explore what goes on behind the scenes in the technical area of the stadium.
The Dressing & Press Rooms
Next, you have the opportunity to visit the dressing room, where all the football stars get ready before their big games. This is followed by the press room which is where all the press conferences are held, as well as major club announcements.
To conclude the tour, you’re able to purchase some genuine Real Madrid merchandise from the official store – although it is very pricey as expected.
Entrance Fees & Booking Tickets
So let’s talk about prices. If you decide to free roam the stadium yourself without a private guide (you really don’t need one) – expect to pay 20 euros per adult (15 years +) and 14 euros per child. This gives you full access to the stadium, allowing you to walk around at your own pace and explore the history of the stadium in your own time.
You can purchase your tickets from the official Real Madrid website or through the ticket offices outside the stadium. However, I highly recommend booking your tickets in advance, as you’re able to skip the queues and get instant access to the stadium. The prices are the same, so you won’t be saving any money but it’s strongly recommended. There’s also plenty of timeslots to choose from, so you can choose the perfect time that works for you.
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is truly a spectacular tour, especially if you’re a football fan. But even if you’re not a fan, it’s still an amazing experience exploring the stadium’s luxurious facilities and the team’s sensational history. Each room offers a unique and different perspective of the stadium, piecing together a perfect tour. Remember – you can find out more information about the tour here.
Although the tour only lasts for a couple of hours, you may want to grab some food and drink along the way. There a various bars throughout the tour that offer drinks and snacks (crisps, chocolate etc.) but they’re very pricey, as expected in a football stadium. To save some pennies, you may want to bring your own snacks and drinks.
But overall, the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour is certainly something to remember. If you’re visiting Madrid, make sure you put it at the top of your to-do list!
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