One of Antoni Gaudí’s most significant works
A park and a work of art that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Truly considered to be an open-air museum, Park Güell is a symbol of Modernisme in Barcelona where Gaudí placed architecture and urbanism at the service of his fundamental source of inspiration: nature.
Conceived as a residential development for the most well-to-do classes of early 20th-century industrial Barcelona, Park Güell was designed by Gaudí with the aim of creating a space for luxury homes in a natural setting with the best views of Barcelona.
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What to visit at Park Güell
In the monumental zone of Park Güell, which is open all year round, you can visit:
- Plaça de la Natura. A large esplanade bordered by a wavy bench covered with a "trencadís" broken tile mosaic that not only offers a view of the entire city, but has become one the most emblematic subjects of Barcelona postcards. Plaça de la Natura was to be a Greek theatre for the residential development, a space for spectacles and shows that was visible from every plot.
- The Hipostila room. Designed to house the development’s market, the Hipostila is dominated by the 86 striated columns, some of which are at an angle, that support the weight of Plaça de la Natura. The columns are equipped with interior pipes designed to collect rainwater falling on the square. The small domes of the roof of the hall are ornamented with highly original "trencadís" ceramic mosaic panels that incorporate small everyday objects.
- The Dragon Stairway. A majestic stone stairway in three sections, along which the water collected from the tank under the hypostyle flows. At the top of the stairs is the trencadís dragon or salamander that has become the park’s icon and an omnipresent memento in Barcelona’s souvenir shops.
- The entrance pavilions. At the main entrance of what was to be the development there are two pavilions. The one on the left was designed to be the porter’s lodge and the one on the right to be the porter’s residence. Their roofs are traditional Catalan vaults in brick covered in ceramic "trencadís". Moreover, the porter’s lodge is finished with a dome in the shape of a mushroom.
How do you get to Park Güell?
Hop off at the Park Güell stop on the Blue Route and climb Carrer de Larrard to the park’s entrance. Its opening hours vary in accordance with the season.
Park Güell opening times, prices and tickets
Park Güell is open every day but entry hours vary depending on the season: low (winter-fall), middle (spring) or high (summer-fall).During the high season, it's harder to enjoy the park due to the high influx of visitors. To enjoy your visit to the utmost, we suggest arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon (for example, two hours before the park closes).
Since 2013, the city charges tourists an entrance fee to visit the Park Güell monumental zone, the most well-known part of the park where the famous Dragon Stairway and the Hipostila room are located.The city began doing this to avoid overcrowding and protect its heritage. You can buy tickets to visit this area at the park's ticket office or you can purchase them in advance online (the most recommendable option).
We recommend buying your ticket via the internet on the Park Güell official website to guarantee entry to the payment zone, as the number of tickets sold at the ticket office is limited.
It's very important that you visit the monumental zone on the day and at the time indicated on your ticket. If you fail to do so, you won't be able to enter this part of the park.
In terms of space, the monumental zone occupies only 7.9% of the park's total surface area. In fact, more than 90% is what is considered the Park Güell free zone
All the information about visiting the park, regular hours and free access hours, tickets and prices are available on the Park Güell official website.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? The stone benches in Plaça de la Natura are ergonomic. Gaudí wanted to adapt them to the shape of the human body and to give them that shape he asked a labourer to sit down for him.
- Local’s tip: The monumental zone of Park Güell is only a part of the immense park designed by Gaudí. The rest, which can be visited free of charge without queuing, allows you access to some of its most photographed spaces, like the viaduct.
- A must: For lovers of art, Modernisme and nature. For families with children who want to take a break from their urban visit.
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