Anyone with an iota of interest in art will certainly visit the Prado while in Madrid. But be sure to save some time to visit another nearby museum, where there's something wonderful to see before you even get inside. Just a 5-minute walk down Paseo del Prado you'll find the CaixaForum Madrid, with its awe-inspiring vertical garden. From a distance, you might even think you're looking at a mural there on the wall, but as you approach, the lush greens and earth tones come to life with varying textures that are luscious and welcoming. A masterpiece where nature is the medium!
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Caixa Forum, Madrid
This is the base of the building housing the Caixa Forum (an incredible gallery and living arts space). The building itself is as interesting as the shows within. It's just down the street from the Prado (the Spanish national museum), and is small and managable. One wall on the outside is a vertical garden and it's topped with a lacey pattern of Corten Steel.