My oldest son dream is to go to a Real Madrid game. Being in Madrid, we thought that could happen. Unfortunately, none of the games took place while we were there. The next best thing, of course, the Real Madrid Stadium Tour also known as Tour Bernabeu.
Both my boys are huge futbolistas these days and seeing one of the world’s greatest teams stomping grounds is one way to inject them with serious inspiration.
The How-To’s of Real Madrid Stadium Tour – Tour Bernabeu
You can purchase your ticket at the booth #10 and head over the Tower B for a self guided tour. When I first arrived there, I was extremely tempted to do the guided tour, which is offered in six languages. But we decided to go on our own because with kids guided tours can be a bit hard.
Now I can tell you, you don’t need a guided tour. The layout of the tour is great and you will learn all that you can possibly want to about this team.
1. Birds Eye View of the Stadium – you start at the very top of the place looking down at the field. 86,000 people can sit here.
2. Museum – after you’ve got the feel of the place, now the educational part begins.
You can see their trophies.
The evolution of cleats and the football (soccer ball)
Learn about the team players. Interestingly enough, even though we all know Ronaldo, he was not the best player they have had, but one of the many gifted ones.
All about the history of the team which is over 100 years old.
The community presence and so much more.
3. Field – after you have had your fill of absorbing all there is to know, it’s time to get down to where the players make magic happen.
First we are permitted to sit where all the players from both teams sit with their coaches.
Check out the field itself as well.
4. Locker rooms – this is where the players prepare before heading out to play and also after the game
5. Press room – you can give an interview if you want as well
The tour itself takes about 1.5 – 2 hours at most. I am told that if you come during the weekday when the team is in town, you can see them practice. Next time we do any sports field tour, I will make sure to work around the athletes schedules.
History of Real Madrid Club and Team
- It first appeared as Madrid Football Club in 1902.
- The King of Spain’s high steward granted Madrid the title ‘Real’ in 1920.
- The team made a few trips abroad during the 1920s, turning them into an international trailblazer.
- During the 1930s they managed to win four championships in four years, giving them their reputation as winners.
- It was during the 1940s that it won its title as the “Best Club in the Twentieth Century”
- In 1943 Real Madrid met Barcelona who won the match with 3-0, on the return match Real Madrid took its revenge winning 11-1 and an eternal rival.
- 1943 was also the year when Santiago Bernabéu became president of the club and started planning the construction of their actual stadium.
- During the 1950s the club won five European Cups in a row.
- And in 1960 it won the first Intercontinental Cup.
- During the 1960s the club accumulated 14 cups and it kept accumulating numerous cups during the 70s and 80s.
- The famous player Raul joined the club during the 1990s at 17 years old. He became a legend within the club and around the world.
- During the early 2000s players such as Zidane, Iker Casillas (the best goalkeeper in the club’s and country’s history), Ronaldo and Beckham joined the team.
- Right now the most celebrated player around the world is Cristiano Ronaldo.
- He is from Portugal and started his career in football at 11 years old and made his international debut at 18 years old.
- He is considered one of the best football players of all time.
- In 2009 he became the world’s most expensive player after signing a contract with Real Madrid for $132 million.
- Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season, having scored 17 goals in the 2013–14 season.
- He also became the fastest player to score 200 goals in La Liga.
Information About Tour Bernabeu
Hours: Monday to Saturday: from 10.00 to 19.00 Sundays and public holidays: from 10.30 to 18.30. Closed on Dec 25 and Jan 01.
Where to get the tickets: Ticket Office 10 beside Gate 7 (Paseo de la Castellana, the entrance to Tower B).
- Adults €19.00,
- Children (up to 14 years of age) €13.00
What the Tour Includes – (i wanted to find a description of each but they don’t have one)
- Panoramic view of the stadium
- Visit to the “Best club in history room”
- Visit to the sensations room
- Presidential Box
- The Dressing Room
- Tunel, dugouts and technical area
- Press room