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Sidebar to MADRID
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IF YOU GO
Hitting the museums: The Prado is free on Sunday nights, the Reina Sofia on Monday nights. You could spring for a three-museum pass that includes the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which allows one visit to each facility for about 20 euros. If you're an art devotee, you can pay more for a pass that offers unlimited visits to any of the three museums for a year. Other major and minor art exhibitions pop up all over Madrid's storied center. A Madrid Tourist Card can get you into more than 50 (prices start at 32 euros, depending on how many days you want to cover).
I suggest taking bus tours of the old and new parts of the city. It's 24 euros per person for a two-day ticket. The buses board near the Plaza de las Cortes, just north of the Prado. Root for good weather so you can sit on the upper deck. You'll learn all kinds of history, see lots of Madrid and kill several hours without killing your feet.
For more information on visiting Madrid, go to www.spain.info.
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