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.
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.
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.
Passing by the posh VIP area, you’re led to the first peak of the stadium as seen from midway up.
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.
We found the player’s tunnel the most exciting part of the 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.
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.
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.
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.