What is it?
The Philip II Train is a sightseeing train that travels from Madrid to El Escorial. The train leaves from Príncipe Pío Train Station in Madrid and travels through the Sierra de Guadarrama towards El Escorial Train Station. Upon its arrival, passengers will get the chance to enjoy the magnificent array of heritage, culture, art and food available in the Royal Site of San Lorenzo del Escorial and in the Loyal Town of El Escorial.
The train’s vintage carriages are hauled by a 20th century locomotive and will provide a ride fit for a King.
Route of the Philip II Train
Discover the new Philip II Train. This is a unique chance to visit El Escorial and find out why the king of the Empire “on which the sun never sets” chose none other than this place for his holidays.
Philip II of Spain, also called “Philip the Prudent” was the king of Spain, Naples and Sicily, of Portugal and the Algarve, and of England and Ireland jure uxoris
Son and heir of Emperor Charles V (King Charles I) of Spain and Isabella of Portugal, brother of Mary of Hapsburg and Joan of Hapsburg, grandson of Joan I of Castille and Philip I of Castille on his father’s side and Manuel I of Portugal and Mary of Aragon on his mother’s side. He is one of the most important kings in history.
He modernized the first worldwide empire “on which the sun never sets” that stretched over all continents. This meant many conflicts with other international powers.
In 1561, he moved the capital of Spain to Madrid and in 1563 he started to build the Monastery of El Escorial, where he died on 13th September 1598 when he was 71.