Real Madrid football club is one of the most famous and successful clubs in the World. They are widely supported and have won many titles over the years. Cabinets full of trophies and a stadium holding over 81,000 people will attest to. Taking a tour of the iconic Santiago Bernabéu stadium, home of Real Madrid CF is one of the most popular activities to do in Madrid.
This guide will give you a little inside info in what to expect when you take the Real Madrid stadium tour (without giving it all away). Also, some club facts, how to buy your tickets and how to get to the stadium.
Even if you’re not a football fan, exploring the Real Madrid stadium is a really interesting experience.
Real Madrid FC
The word “real” means Royal in Spanish and the club was named by King Alfonso XIII and a royal crown is part of the club’s emblem.
In the 2016-17 season it was the 2nd highest earning football club and its estimated worth is over €3 billion.
Real Madrid is one of 2 big clubs in Madrid and there is a rivalry between them and Athletico Madrid. Their other big rival in the Spanish football league “La Liga” is Barcelona.
Real Madrid Club trivia
- The club was founded in 1902
- They wear a white home kit
- They have won La Liga a record 33 times
- They have won a record 12 European Cups
- Some of the most famous past players were Ronaldo, Raul, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, Alfredo Di Stefano
- The current big name players are Christiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo Vieira, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium information
- Home of Real Madrid since 1947 when the stadium was built
- Full name is Santiago Bernabéu stadium but commonly referred to as “the Bernabéu”
- It has 81,044 seats
- It’s one of the most well-known and prestigious football venues
- The Champions League Final has been held here on 4 occasions
- In 1982 the FIFA World Cup final was held here
How do you buy tickets for the stadium tour?
You can buy tickets from the official website, the stadium ticket office, Real Madrid stores and some city tourist desks.
2018 ticket prices:
- Adult €25
- Child (up to 14 years old) €18
- Audio guide extra €5
You can buy the audio guide with the ticket on arrival or download the stadium app.
Be aware that tours will run on match days but at a reduced service. You will not get access some of the areas.
How do you get to the Real Madrid football stadium?
The Bernabéu is in Tetuan, an area North of Central Madrid. The closest metro station is Satiago Bernabéu (line 10) and the closest train station is Chamartin (Renfe and Cercanias lines).
The tour starts from Tower B and you will need a few hours to enjoy all the tour has to offer.
What do you get to see inside?
The Bernabéu stadium tour includes access to the stands, pitchside views and numerous photo opportunities. You really get a sense of the enormity of the stadium as you move around the grounds and different levels.
Inside it’s like a museum, every turn shows atmospheric screenings of historic moments in the club’s history. You get to see old kits, programmes and black and white photos of past players and games.
No expense has been spared on the visuals, lighting and sound quality. There are touch screen player stats, epic game footage and sounds of cheers and chants during a match.
There is an entire room dedicated to the story of each of Real Madrid’s Champions League final wins and the impressive “Copa de Europa” trophies are displayed. As you walk through the trophy cabinets and memorabilia it’s easy to start feeling proud of the club even if you’re not a huge fan.
You get access to behind the scenes areas like the press room, player dressing rooms and the pitch side dug-out. There are lots of chances to imagine you are a part of the Real Madrid team from joining in club photos to hopping on the virtual team bus ride.
How close do you get to the pitch?
The tour starts with a panoramic view from the top stands. There are no time constraints on the tour, so stop and soak up the sea of blue around the stadium. Sit a while and take plenty of photos but be careful of vertigo, it sure it high and steep up there!
As you walk through the ground and take in all the club information you descend to the lower levels. You get access to the stadium seats on mid-level and lower level, getting closer and closer to the gloriously green pitch.
You get to walk around the ground level seats and onto pitch side, up into outdoor VIP box seats and down into the dressing room. Big fans will love seeing the players actual lockers, bench, showers, bath and physio room.
Finally, you walk through the players tunnel and out onto pitch as the team does on match day. Imagine the roar from the crowd while sitting in the dugout, the pitch side player seats and coaching area.
It sure is a spectacular stadium and plans are underway to improve the Bernabéu even more. A model is on display as part of the tour along with videos of how the new stadium will look. The seating capacity will not change but a state of the art roof will be added and the outside aesthetic of the stadium will be a more slick and modern. Renovations will not stop play and will be done around games, expected to finish in 2021.
I hope this guide gave you some useful insight into behind the scenes of the Real Madrid football club tour.
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