If you are looking for a truly unique and beautiful experience, then a visit to Madrid’s Palacio de Cristal is a must. Built in 1887, the palace was modeled after a similar structure in London and stands as a reminder of a time when spaces were designed for beauty and wonder. The glass and steel greenhouse is situated on the edge of a lake in Buen Retiro Park, allowing visitors to take in the lush green surrounds along with whatever exhibition is on display inside.

The palace’s first exhibition was an array of exotic Vietnamese plants, but soon the space began to showcase more art than flora. Nowadays, the Crystal Palace hosts a range of art exhibitions, from classical and contemporary pieces to installations and multimedia art. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you are an art aficionado or simply looking for a unique experience.

The palace also provides a great opportunity to enjoy the park’s stunning autumnal light, with the backdrop of trees shedding their leaves. Plus, the boat landing on the lake adds to the beauty of the experience. Visitors can take a boat trip around the lake and take in the palace from a different perspective. There are also plenty of picnic spots to make the most of the surroundings.

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