The Age of Enlightenment lives on in these formal gardens next to the Museo del Prado and at the southwest corner of the Parque del Retiro. Carlos III, the so-called mayor-king, had Juan de Villanueva (architect of the Prado and the Paseos) design the gardens as a collection of temperate zone plants from around the world. The king himself opened the gardens in 1781. Today the meticulously maintained gardens contain more than 104 species of trees and 3,000 types of plants. Nine self-guided tours focus your interests.
Real Jardín Botánico
Plaza de Murillo, 2
Our Rating Hours May–Aug daily 10am–9pm; Mar and Oct daily 10am–7pm; Apr and Sept daily 10am–8pm; Nov–Feb daily 10am–6pm Transportation Metro: Atocha. Bus: 10, 14, 19, 26, 27, 32, 34, 37, 45, 57, 146, or 150 Phone 91-420-30-17 Prices Admission 3€ adults, 1.50€ students, free for seniors and children 9 and younger Web site Real Jardín Botánico Other Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1
MapPlaza de Murillo, 2 Madrid
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