CaixaForum – Pavelló Mies Van der Rohe stop
A stop where you can visit the CaixaForum, located in an enormous Modernista factory from the early 20th century, the Barcelona Pavilion, a milestone of modern architecture, and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which offers one of Barcelona’s most emblematic nocturnal spectacles.
Architectural milestones and water choreographies
The Red Route stops at Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, outside CaixaForum and the Barcelona Pavilion and a stone’s throw away from the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.
At CaixaForum you can enjoy ancient and contemporary art and participate in its numerous social and educational activities. This major cultural centre draws your attention due to its imposing architecture, given that it occupies a large Modernista factory designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
Another architectural gem, in this case from the modern movement, is on the other side of the street: the Barcelona Pavilion, an exact reconstruction of the building designed by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and Lilly Reich to represent the Weimar Republic at the 1929 International Exposition, considered to be one of the four canonical pieces of the modern movement.
After this architectural journey, at dusk nothing is better than relaxing with one of Barcelona’s most charming spectacles: the choreography of light and colour created by the water of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. It is located at the end of Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, at the bottom of Montjuïc Mountain.
What to see
- CaixaForum Barcelona
A major cultural and educational centre in an old Modernista factory designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. CaixaForum Barcelona is a cultural centre created on Montjuïc Mountain by the La Caixa Foundation.
- Barcelona Pavilion
The Barcelona Pavilion is an exact replica of the pavilion that represented the progressive and democratic Germany of the Weimar Republic at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.
- Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a spectacle of music, light and colour that has become a symbol of Barcelona. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition by Carles Buïgas, the fountain added music in the 1980s and was fully restored for the 1992 Olympic Games.
- Fira de Barcelona
Originally built for the 1888 Universal Exposition, Fira de Barcelona now holds major events like the Mobile World Congress and the Sónar festival.