Slowly but surely, our time in Spain comes to an end, so we return to Madrid. There we still want to visit the historical hall of the Atocha train station.
The last day in Toledo starts for us with a breakfast in the Valinor Cafe, where we had some tapas the evening before. By bus, which stops right in front of the restaurant, we go to the train station.
Afterward, we continue with the RENFE High-speed-Train and reach Madrid half an hour later. This time we do not want to make sightseeing, so we were looking for a hotel near the station Atocha.
We have booked the Hotel Mediodia, on the opposite side of Plaza Emperador Carlos V. To the left is the Museo Reina Sofia, the National Museum of Art. On the right is the Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca. the Museo National del Prado, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Real Jardin Botanico and the Parque del Retiro are only a few minutes away. An ideal accommodation for art and nature lovers. Check the lastest prices for a stay in Hotel Mediodia*.
From our hotel room, we have a splendid view of the forecourt and the two glass elevators of the Reina Sofia Museum. Here are many restaurants, one of which we choose for dinner in the evening.
Atocha train station
But first, we visit the Atocha train station. This may sound strange since we have already used and seen the station. The new station was put into operation in 1992, after which the old station hall lost its function. One converted it into a tropical palm tree garden. This is what we want to see.
The huge hall with a roof structure made of cast iron and glass was built in 1892 by the architect Alberto de Palacio y Elissague and redesigned in 1992 by the architect José Rafael Moneo.
It now serves as a waiting room and meeting place. Plenty of restaurants and snack bars offer culinary delights.
In the midst of the palm trees is a pond with a myriad of turtles. This Art Nouveau hall is a nice place to bridge longer waiting times.
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