The Community of Madrid registers more than 2,300 visits to Count Dracula's castle in the old Chamberí Metro station
The Community of Madrid registered more than 2,300 visits to Count Dracula’s Castle, which took place in the former Chamberí Metro station between 28 October and 1 November. The initiative, to mark the celebration of Halloween, was organised by Metro in collaboration with Tourism Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Spain.
The sessions held between 28 and 31 October included interactive micro-theatre performances featuring some of the characters from the novel Dracula, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Furthermore, Bram Stoker himself, the novel's author, joined the audience in spirit on a journey of discovery to explore the celebration's Celtic origins in a world which connects the Irish writer to the characters. Those on 1 November, meanwhile, focused on the legends surrounding the ghost station of Chamberí, frozen in time since 1966.
The visits took place in the form of several sessions lasting approximately half an hour. To attend, on 21 October the Metropolitan Company set up a space on its official website www.metromadrid.es where those interested could reserve a spot free of charge. In view of the great success of the event, which sold out very quickly, the Madrid underground extended the sessions until 1 November, but without the micro-theatre pieces.
Madrid Metro also gave all those attending the event commemorative card holders to store their Public Transport Cards inside. On those dates, they were also given out in the offices located inside the official underground shops at Sol and Plaza de Castilla stations.
It was not the first time the railway company has celebrated the scariest weekend of the year. In 2019 and 2021, Chamberí was decorated with skeletons, pumpkins and spiders, plus a group of actors had the task of giving visitors a fright.