Lush greenery, walls of swirling patchwork mosaics, and playful pops of architecture; welcome to Park Güell. Crafted in the early 20th century, these garden grounds are where world-famous architect, Antoni Gaudi’s imagination ran wild. The result of a commercial project gone wrong, Gaudi’s works may not have materialised into a luxe miniature city as was first intended, but this vibrant, open-air arena remains a gift to Barcelona from Spain’s most revered creative. Park Güell today spans three kilometres, with Gaudi’s trademark dose of outlandish, quirky designs in full throttle throughout. From columns imitating palm trees to a mosaic lizard dragon, this park represents the very best of Gaudi architecture. A mental playground where art breathes new life into nature, Park Güell is a living and breathing Gaudi tribute, enjoyed every day by locals and tourists alike.
Go to Gaudi’s. Visit the spired Casa-Museu Gaudi in the park, where Gaudi lived during his last 20 years. Have a peek at Gaudi’s furniture and memorabilia that remains on display in this residence-turned-museum.
See it all. The best views from Barcelona Park Güell are from the hillside’s peak, the Turo del Calvari. From this point, you can take in the whole of the cityscape and beyond.
Get tourist-ready. Park Güell is extremely popular, and only a certain number of people are allowed to enter the gates every half-hour. To guarantee your entry, it’s a good idea to book online.
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Best time to visit
Spring is a great time to visit these lush, colourful grounds. Spain’s peak tourist time of summer is not yet realised, so enjoy a bit of quiet time in one of Gaudi’s most beautiful masterpieces.
With three entrances and many transport links, getting to Barcelona Park Güell couldn’t be easier. The Metro green (L3) line’s Vallcarca and Lesseps stations are both within walking distance of the site, while many public bus lines and tourist buses also make their way to Park Güell regularly.
Money saving tips
Strapped for cash? The best way to save money is by booking your Park Güell tickets online before your arrival. As well as guaranteeing your admission to this busy site, you will save significant dough; purchasing admission online shave the cost of at the door Park Güell tickets considerably.
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Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about Park Güell…
Park Güell originated in 1900, when Count Eusebi Güell purchased a tree-covered hillside and hired Gaudí to create a miniature city to house the wealthy in dazzling landscaped grounds. A commercial failure, the project was abandoned in 1914. By then, Gaudí had already created 3km of roads and walks, steps, a plaza and two gatehouses. In 1922, the city bought the estate for use as a public park.
Gaudi’s life came to a brutal halt when he was crossing the road in Barcelona and hit by a tram. He died three days later in the Hospital of the Holy Cross. Many of the Spanish public flocked to the hospital to pay their respects to this impressive, much-loved figure through huge masses and tributes. According to the national press of the time, Gaudi’s death marked the biggest outpouring of grief seen in the city’s history.