Feb14

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

While working our way across Madrid’s metros recently, we headed to Estadio Santiago Bernabéu for a self-guided tour. This is the world-renowned home of Real Madrid C.F., and the tour takes visitors through to all areas of the stadium.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

This is a soccer fan’s dream, and my husband and I were both wowed by the beautifully decorated champion cups. Right down to the field, changing room (guest team only), director’s box, VIP seats, and media room, this tour was at our own pace and gave a great background of the club’s history.

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[1902: the first “Madrid Football Club” logo]

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Not only is Real Madrid’s over 100 year history on view, but the basketball and baseball teams form part of the archives as well. The tour begins in the trophy room, showing off European and League Cups, Spanish Cups, International Cups and individual player trophies.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Passing by the posh VIP area, you’re led to the first peak of the stadium as seen from midway up.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

The plastic Real Madrid logo-emblazoned seats turn to cushier white at the prime lower centre field area. We continued to descend until we were at field level, where the players sit on the Audi seats.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

We found the player’s tunnel the most exciting part of the tour.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

I can only imagine the nervous excitement that both teams must feel when exiting the changing room and heading towards the field to start the match.

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The visitor’s dressing room is open, as are the shower and massage areas. All in blue and well kept, the tour then leads to the press room, where after 90 minutes of play, the next “match” occurs for both players and reporters.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Finishing off the tour is the two level Tienda (gift shop), a must for fans. We picked up several scarves, a cap, and team pin for the journey home.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

The Bernabéu Stadium tour is open every day of the year. On game days, the tours are available up to six hours before kick off. Visit the website for detailed hours and tickets.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu tour

Disclosure: Our Bernabéu tour was available via the Madrid Card, compliments of the Madrid Visitors & Convention Bureau.

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2 Comments

  • Comment by Arne Salvesen CKD — February 14, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    Terrific pictures! We visited Camp Nou in October. There were as many people visiting on a non-game day as the Whitecaps get when Seattle or Portland come to town. Love the way the Spaniards embrace futbol!

  • Comment by arianec — February 14, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Thanks, Arne! My husband visited Camp Nou several years ago on his own (a day I chose to do some shopping in Barcelona) and he was definitely impressed with the access that the Madrid tour offers.

    Spaniards, Dutch, Portuguese, so many football-crazy nations! Guess it compares to hockey for Canadians.

    Wish we’d have been in Holland last year when the Dutch reached the finals! I lived in NL for eight years, and never did the Dutch team advance further than the 1/4 finals. Figures that now we’re living in Vancouver, they’d make it nearly all the way!

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