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Barcelona Sights

Park Güell

Updated 03/10/2014

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This park is one of Gaudí's, and Barcelona's, most visited attractions. Named for and commissioned by Gaudí's steadfast patron, Count Eusebi Güell, it was originally intended as a gated residential community based on the English Garden City model, centered on a public square, where impromptu dances and plays could be performed, built over a covered marketplace. Only two of the houses were ever built (one of which, designed by Gaudí's assistant Francesc Berenguer, became

Gaudí's home from 1906 to 1926 and now houses the Casa-Museu Gaudí museum of memorabilia). Ultimately, as Barcelona's bourgeoisie seemed happier living closer to "town," the Güell family turned the area over to the city as a public park—which it still is, for local residents; as of September 2013, visitors are assessed an entrance fee.

An Art Nouveau extravaganza with gingerbread gatehouses, Park Güell is a perfect place to visit on a sunny afternoon, when the blue of the Mediterranean is best illuminated by the western sun. The gatehouse on the right, topped with a rendition in ceramic tile of the hallucinogenic red-and-white fly ammanite wild mushroom (rumored to have been a Gaudí favorite) houses the Center for the Interpretation and Welcome to Park Güell. The center has plans, scale models, photos, and suggested routes analyzing the park in detail. Atop the gatehouse on the left sits the phallus impudicus (no translation necessary). Other Gaudí highlights include the Room of a Hundred Columns—a covered market supported by tilted Doric-style columns and mosaic medallions; the double set of stairs; and the iconic lizard guarding the fountain between them. There's also the fabulous serpentine, polychrome bench enclosing the square. The bench is one of Gaudí assistant Josep Maria Jujol's most memorable creations, and one of Barcelona's best examples of the trencadís technique of making colorful mosaics with broken bits of tile. From the metro at Plaça de Lesseps, or the Bus Turistic stop on Travessera de Dalt, take Bus 24 to the park entrance, or make the steep 10-minute climb uphill on Carrer de Lallard.

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Sight Information

Address:

Carrer d'Olot s/n, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08024, Spain

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Website: www.parkguell.es

Sight Details:

  • €8 (€7 online)
  • Jan.–Oct. daily 8–9:30; Nov. and Dec., daily 8:30–6

Updated 03/10/2014

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By wakape

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Oct 31, 2011

Park Güell Review

This is definitely a must-see in Barcelona. Wether you just take some bocatas with you for lunch, or you need some inspiration for a painting. The Casa Gaudí is like going back in time. Highly recommended.

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May 21, 2010

Park Güell Review

it is one of the most beautiful parks in the city, entering by the main entrance, i was impressed by the 100 columns room and its high roof and sun design, the wave room and the snake square are the 2 of my favorite places, going up the hill, there is a place with a great view on the city so to not forget the camera, most at all, have to go during a sunny day, before going to holiday, i found http://www.world-rt.com/ written by local guy giving great

local info and tips, very useful to plan my vacation

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By Andrew

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Sep 20, 2004

Worth the climb for the view and the sites!

It's a bit of a struggle to get to (especially as the signs vanish when you're nearly there!), but well worth the effort. We ended up finding the side entrance, which meant that the main entrance - with Gaudi at his most amazing - came as the highlight. The views back over the city to the sea are stunning, and the houses, the covered walkways and the bench...!

By RC

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Sep 11, 2002

You might love it or hate it.

If you like art noveau type of stuff, the place is almost paradise--it's like walking into a cartoon. It is a hike from the metro stop to the park.

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