Regional Government of Madrid invites people of Madrid to spend a terrifying weekend at the Ghost Station of Chamberí

Metro de Madrid is celebrating Halloween on 29, 30 and 31 October. Those over the age of 12 can enjoy a scary day at one of Metro’s emblematic station. To attend you need to acquire free entry tickets through the website museosmetromadrid.es

Chamberí underground station, also known as the Metro Ghost Station, will be made more terrifying than ever to celebrate Halloween on 29, 30 and 31 October. The Madrid underground has signed up again this year to this celebration, offering the people of Madrid aged 12 and over the chance to spend a frightening afternoon in such a singular location, decorated accordingly and with characters that typify the occasion.

All those who do not wish to miss out on this visit will have to previously obtain entry tickets (free of charge) from the website museosdemetromadrid.es, which they will need to present upon entry to the station, since the capacity is limited to guarantee safety (10 people per group). On Friday, 29 October, the station will open its doors from 4 pm to midnight, while on Saturday and Sunday the opening times will be from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to midnight.

The visits will last approximately half an hour where all those who are prepared for a terrifying time will go into a specially decorated space with several actors who will interact with the visitors, who will discover a station decorated with skeletons, witches, pumpkins, spiders, etc. A special zone will be prepared to take photos.

Those interested in taking part will be able to enjoy a fun time in a very singular station that Metro has chosen for this occasion, as it did in 2019, both because of its myths and its characteristics (less light and old furniture), which makes it the perfect backdrop to enjoy Halloween while discovering, in turn, a site of great historical wealth.

A TRIP INTO THE PAST

Going into Chamberí station is like returning to Madrid of the 1950s and 60s by just going down a few stairs. The old Chamberí station is part of the first underground line, inaugurated in Madrid in 1919, which had eight stations in total: Cuatro Caminos, Ríos Rosas, Martínez Campos, (Iglesia), Chamberí, Bilbao, Tribunal, Gran Vía and Sol. This is one of the most visited Metro spaces on the underground. At the start of the 1960s, the Metropolitan Company decided to increase the length of the trains and, given the impossibility of extending this station, closed it down. It definitively closed on 22 May 1966.

The design, also by Antonio Palacios, opted for a very simple functional solution in terms of routes and organisation, and with very simple finishes. It incorporated natural light through a skylight in the entrance lobby. For the interior, he chose ceramic wall linings with ornamental patterns. The station vault is covered by white bevelled tiles with abutments decorated with large square Seville tiles that mark the edges of the advertising billboards, also made of ceramic, in ochre and blue colours. These advertising boards are one of the main attractions of this space, as they have been conserved just as they were originally designed back in the 1920s.

Chamberí station, restored and opened as a museum in 2008, forms part of the Andén Cero [Platform Zero] project, the name taken by the set of underground museums designed to immerse visitors in the history of this mode of revolutionary transport for the city of Madrid.

Andén Cero includes spaces of undisputed historical value designed by the famous architect Antonio Palacios, in addition to the Engine Shed and the entrance lobby of Pacífico station. In addition, Carpetana and Ópera stations offer very different journeys through Madrid from many years ago.

Another must-visit offer is Metro’s classic train exhibition, totally restored to celebrate the company’s centenary in 2019. The display, free of charge for travellers, includes 12 historic trains, including the first ones that travelled a century ago on Line 1. As well as these trains, you can also see close to 100 historical elements from the underground in the exhibition.