Thing to do: Madrid Railway Museum – 30th anniversary @M_Ferrocarril

The Madrid Railway Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril) opened in 1984. It is located in the former station of ‘Delicias’, which was inaugurated in 1880. Today it is celebrating its 30th anniversary!!! congratulations!! To celebrate this anniversary today they offer a open door day with free entrance!!

The Museum offers the visitor a wide collection of vintage rolling stock. The station’s Central Hall houses several locomotives and passenger coaches, which illustrate the development of traction (steam, electric and diesel) and let you have an insight into the different conditions in which passengers travelled on these trains.

Both sides of this central area open on to several themed exhibit rooms devoted to old station clocks, model railways –featuring working scale models– and railway infrastructure, where basic constituent elements, such as the track, are explained. On the outer tracks you can find the museum’s cafeteria, installed in a 1930 restaurant coach.

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The Museum organizes numerous activities and offers the opportunity to travel between Madrid and Aranjuez on an authentic vintage train, the Strawberry Train (Tren de la Fresa), during the spring and autumn months (till October 27th). It also hosts various temporary exhibitions and offers a wide range activities aimed at children and families, such as educational workshops and theater performances, concerts, guided tours as well as a model railway flea market on the first Sunday of every month.

Don’t miss, every Sunday, from 11.30 to 2.00pm, in the backyard of the museum, the chance of riding the “garden trains”. A wide selection of real and genuine steam, electric and diesel engines, but on scale, wonderful for kids and for everyone who feels inside the kid he once was playing with trains !!
Where: Pº. de las Delicias, 61. 28045 Madrid

When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed: every Monday and closed August 12th till 30th.

More info: http://www.museodelferrocarril.org/
and: http://cimaf.es/FCD_index.htm

Enjoy!!

Thing to do: Navibus

Navi – for Christmas (Navidad) + Bus = a great way to see all the Christmas decorations in Madrid!!

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The bus departs and finishes at the same stop: on Calle Serrano, in front of number 30 between Goya and Jorge Juan (across from Plaza de Colon, Jardines del Descubrimiento) and shall take you on a tour of all the Christmas lights throughout the city.

The route will take you through these areas:

  • Serrano
  • Plaza Independencia
  • Calle Alcalá
  • Plaza Cibeles
  • Gran Vía
  • Plaza Callao
  • Jacometrezo
  • Plaza Santo Domingo
  • Calle San Bernardo
  • Calle Velazquez
  • Calle Ortega y Gasset

When: until January 5th. Mondays till Wednesdays: 18h – 22h. Thursdays till Sundays: 18h – 23h. December 25th and January 1th: 18h – 23h

A bus leaves every 5 to 7 minutes; the tour lasts about 45 to 50 minutes.

Where: take the bus at Plaza de Colón

Price: kids under 7 free. General ticket 2 euros

Enjoy and be patience!! :)

Thing to do: BNE – Guided tours

For sure you know about the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library), because at Paseo de Recoletos it is difficult not to see its marvelous building!!

If you want to know more about it, on Tuesdays they are having free guided tours in English, French or  Signs language.

To book the tour for free you just need to give them a call at  91 580 77 59, make the reservation and confirm it at their email address museo@bne.es (you shall need to provide the confirmation (email) the day of the tour). These visits are for anyone who wishes to know more about the collections at the Library and how its services work. The tour begins with a visit to the Museum and finish with a tour of the general reading room. It shall take around 90 minutes.

If you prefer to visit it without a tour, free entrance (no guided) is also an option. They always have several exhibits.

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Spain’s Biblioteca Nacional receives and stores copies of all the books published in Spain. It also holds an extremely valuable collection of incunabula, manuscripts, illustrations, drawings, photographs, audio recordings, musical scores, etc.

The library was founded by King Philip V of Spain in 1712 as the Palace Public Library (Biblioteca Pública de Palacio). The Royal Letters Patent that he granted, the predecessor of the current legal deposit requirement, made it mandatory for printers to submit a copy of every book printed in Spain to the library. In 1836, the library’s status as Crown property was revoked and ownership was transferred to the Ministry of Governance (Ministerio de la Gobernación). At the same time, it was renamed the Biblioteca Nacional.

Don´t miss this opportunity to know more about it!!

More info at their website.

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Free entrance and free guided tours (pre register required)

Enjoy!!

Thing to do: Tesla´s exhibit – @EspacioFTef

Espacio Telefónica is hosting an gorgeous exhibit about Tesla´s life and his ideas. Don´t miss the Tesla invention to light a bulb at distance!! the exhibit has a space where you can see a live demo!! WOW!!!

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Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest electrical inventors who ever lived. His life was a flight againt the present, his ideas are still current and his story is a the one of a brilliant man  who rose to the height of celebrity with his amazing talent, and then was tragically undone by his own visionary ideas.

His early discovery of the alternating current motor led him to America to seek a venue for his discovery. Here he developed the polyphase AC system of power transmission, which drives every home and industry in the country. He invented the Tesla coil to create high-frequency electricity, and with it neon and florescent lighting, radio transmission, remote control, and hundreds of other devices which are now an essential part of our everyday lives.

Tesla’s great dream was to find the means to broadcast electrical power without wires in between…. incredible at his time to be thinking on this!!!

Tesla was also a visionary thinker, and in his papers and interviews he anticipated the development of radio and television broadcasting, robotics, computers, faxes, and even the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Find all the information about the exhibit at the official website.

- Where: Fundación Telefónica – Calle fuencarral 3

- Where: until Feb 1st, 2015

Free entrance

Enjoy!

 

 

Thing to do: Cortylandia!

Every year since 1979, madrileños young and old have lined the streets, craning their necks for 15 minutes each hour to see the Cortylandia show – music, blinking lights and singing puppets different every year. Celebrating Christmas in Madrid is incomplete without seeing Cortylandia.

Every year the big department chain Corte Inglés presents the Cortylandia for Christmas. One store precisely, the Corte Inglés de Preciados, sets up the city’s most visited Christmas spectacle. Memorable Cortylandia displays include a giant sparkly version of the ubiquitous Don Quixote (1989) and a 15-ton King Kong (2005).

The spectacle is free, and it’s nice to see. This year’s edition is dedicated to musical penguins!!

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The song is famous between madrileños:

“Cortylandia, Cortylandia
Vamos todos a cantar
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Porque ya es Navidad”

- When: until January 5th – 15 minutes session – Free

  • Monday to Friday:  at 12, 13 and 14 h and at 18:30, 19:30 and 21 h.
  • December 13th and 20th: at 12, 13 and 14 h and at 17h, 18, 19, 20 and 21 h.
  • Saturdays and Sundays and holidays at 12:30, 13:30 and 14:30 h and at 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 h.
- Where: Check out the nearest Cortylandia: the most tradicional is c/Preciados, other Cortylandia at Sanchinarro, Arroyomolinos and Alcalá de Henares
Enjoy!

Thing to do: Nomada Market @nomadamarket

More than 180 independent designers together in this edition of the Nomada Market, special Chrismas!!

Nomada Market started in 2005 as an initiative to show and help new designers and as scenario to exchange projects.  A space where new designer can make visible their creations, show their brands, make promotions, test consumers and be in touch with other professionals, companies of the same sector or a complementary one and communication media

More than 1,000 designers (national and international ones) and more than 15,000 visitors have been part of previous editions of this market. Nowadays due to the demand it is more than a market, it is a great scenario to participate in their activities, expos, gastro, and of course, in this period, find amazing presents.

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More info at http://www.nomadamarket.com

>>Where: Roof – Chamartin Station – Metro: L 1, 9 and 10

>>When: this weekend, from 12 to 21h

Symbolic price: 1 euro

Enjoy!

Thing to do: Trails of Madrid

Snow is here!!! Great moment for trails in Sierra de Madrid!!

The fields have changed their look.

This is one of the most beautiful seasons in the mountains of Madrid, great chance to go for a walk by the trails in the woods and mountains, calm, cold, clean air, birds, and rivers … nothing else needed to enjoy in a weekend far from the city.

The County Government has selected some of the best trails of the region and they are all gathered in this web site: http://www.sendasdemadrid.es/index.html Here you will find some routes, trails, green roads …on different areas. You can find information on the distance, time required, level of difficulty, and what kind of fauna you will find in the way.

By this season we are really keen on visiting the valleys around the mountains in the north area of Madrid.

Our favorite trail is in Rascafria, Los Robledos, from El Paular, to Mirador de Los Robledos and the Isla. A trail 12,6km long, about 3h walk that begins at the El Paular monastery, and rounds back crossing for two times the river.

You will pass by the Centro de Educación Ambiental Puente del Perdón, a place where getting information on the area, and even guided tours nearby.

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It is a beautiful and easy walk, though now it is really cold in this area, but you will enjoy !!

After the walk, you can enjoy some sweet at the artisan chocolate factory located in the same street little ahead in the village, we are crazy fans on the orange and black choco strips !!!

>>Where: For the trail in Rascafria, you can get there by the N-I, taking Exit 69 to Rascafria. Or by the N-VI exiting to Collado Villalba and then M-601 to Navacerrada and M-604 to Rascafria.

More info on all trails: http://www.sendasdemadrid.es/index.html easy selection at the right menu, on the theme access

Enjoy !!