Did you know that Park Güell was originally designed to be a neighbourhood for well off families? Eusebi Güell, owner of the land, commissioned Antoni Gaudí to design the gardens and 60 plots where splendid modernist mansions were to be built.
Work began in 1900 but only two houses were built in the following years. In 1914, the works stopped and the park became a large private garden. In 1926, it was opened as a much loved public park and since 1984, Park Güell is listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
As you walk through the main gate in Park Güell you may find yourself thinking you are entering a fairytale world. It almost seems that you are getting into an enchanted forest where anything is possible. Do you remember Hansel and Gretel? Well, the Gingerbread house could well be just around the corner.
Park Güell is the perfect place to chill out with your family. The modernist architecture, with its playful and colourful accents, will delight your kids. Also they will get the space they need to run around and burn out some energy.
The Monumental walk
From the main entrance to Park Güell, on Carrer d’Olot, you can start a monumental walk through the park. The main entrance is flanked by two pavilions. And right in front of you the great stairway leads the way. There, you will find the salamander, a fountain covered in tile-shard mosaic, the most representative image of the park.
A bit further up, the stairs will take you to the Hypostyle room, an impressive room filled with 86 Doric columns and splendid acoustics. It was originally designed to be the market for the estate.Keep walking to meet one of main features at Park Güell. A a large esplanade crowning the Hypostyle room will open up in front of you. Named Nature Square, it offers unbeatable views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea. Also, on the outer part of the square an undulating bench simulates a sea serpent and is covered with tile-shard mosaic, known as trencadís.
On the east side of Nature Square, you will find the Laundry Room Portico, the portico has the shape of a wave with a double colonnade. This is considered one of the finest examples of organic architecture by Gaudí.
Outside the monumental area, you will find also paths, roadways and viaducts that are worth discovering. Finally, you can also visit the Gaudi House museum while in Park Güell.
Park Güell practical information
When planning your visit remember that there are special prices if you buy your tickets online and they will come with an allocated time to visit the monumental area. This way you can beat the crowds and you’ll help protecting the architectonic heritage. On the other hand, you can visit the area outside the monumental walk for free.
If travelling with a stroller, bear in mind that Park Güell is probably not the best place to take it. To get to some of the main features of the park you will need to go up stairs an uneven paths. Those with mobility issues can contact the park to see what options are available to them.
- Winter (January, February, March, October and December): from 8:30 to 18:30 – March has extended hours up to 19:00.
- Spring and Autumn (April, September and October): from 8:00 to 20:30.
- Summer (May, June, July and August): from 08:00 to 21:30.
Prices: general ticket is 7 euros if purchased online, 8 at the ticket office.
Discounts: Kids between 7 and 12 and seniors 65+ pay 4,90 euros online and 5,60 at the ticket office
Free Admission: Children up to 6 years old (but they still need to get a ticket).
How to get to Park Güell
To get to Park Güell by public transport you can take the metro green line (L3) to Metro, Vallcarca or Lesseps stations. From both stations, there´s about 15 minutes’ walk and you can go to the entrance on Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya, which has an escalator.
Another option for those on Bus Turístic or City tour is to simply stop at Park Güell. You will need to hop on the blue line of Bus Turístic or the East route (green) of Barcelona City Tour. From there, there´s about 10 walking minutes to the park.