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General information about Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain.
Madrid is a European metropolis and has more than 3 Mio. inhabitants (with suburbs 5 Mio.). For that reason Madrid is, after London and Berlin, the third biggest city in Europe. Madrid lies 640 meters above sea level and is the highest located capital of Europe. Moreover Madrid is the business centre of Spain and possesses six public universities. Finally Madrid is the cultural heart and the centre of Spain. The inhabitants of Madrid are called Madrilenians (span.: Madrileños)
The origin of the town lies in the construction of a fortress, which was built 852 AD. This colony was named “Mayrit” (Magerit), today known as Madrid. Traces of this Moorish town can be found in a part of the city wall until today.


The unique charm of Madrid is in its wildness and its excitement. Madrid is a multifaceted, contradictory city, at times romantic and cosy, at times fast-moving and daring. The motto of the town is “Madrid me mata” – “Madrid kills me”, and nevertheless the inhabitants love their town and don’t want to miss the game of the contrasts. In Madrid you can experience the pristine image of the Spanish culture.
In total Madrid has 21 districts and every district of Madrid has its own special atmosphere. The historic centre of the town can be easily explored by feet.

Total Members in Madrid: 374
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