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Top 5 Features of Gaudí's Park Güell

Only the 'k' in Barcelona's enchanting Park Güell reveals that it was inspired by England's garden city movement. The rest is Gaudí in his element! It's bursting with the great architect's trademark iconography, but here are the facts behind its best bits!

The Market Hall

The Market Hall

Park Güell was intended to be the center of a residential complex that never was. Though inspired by Greek temples, the market hall also honors the Roman road that once ran nearby.

The Dragon

The Dragon

Straddling the main stairway, "El Drac" is rich with religious connotations from Eden to St. George. The fountain it guards, however, suggests Python, the dragon of Ancient Delphi!

Gaudí House Museum

Gaudí House Museum

Only two villas were completed of the planned 60. Gaudí lived here himself between 1906 to 1925 after it failed to attract buyers! It's now home to a collection of his designs, and needs a separate ticket to visit.

The Winding Bench

The Winding Bench

Overlooking the city, the serpentine bench covered in mosaics was hailed by none other than Salvador Dalí as a precursor to the Surrealist movement. He should know!

The Caretaker's Lodge

The Caretaker's Lodge

Religious and political symbolism aside, the upside-down cups adorning one of the gingerbread-esque houses at the main entrance are said to represent Gaudí giving up coffee!

Our insider tips

How Long to Visit?

If your stay in Barcelona is brief, you will only need a couple of hours to see Gaudí's monuments. However, bear in mind that the entire park is much larger than the "Monumental Zone" discussed here, and anyone keen on the great outdoors could easily while away an afternoon taking a walk across its scenic corners!

What Are the Opening Times?

Park Güell's Monumental Zone is open from 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM during high season (May 4th to September 6th); 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM from March 29th to May 3rd and September 7th to October 24th; and 8:30 AM to 6:15 PM through winter. Only 400 visitors are allowed in every half an hour, so consider booking your tickets online in advance!

How to Get There?

The hill is a bit of a climb, but there is also an escalator (Baixada de la Gloria). It is accessible by metro (20 minute walk from Lesseps station), taxi or buses 24 and 92, which stop by one of the entrances to the public area of the park.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Opening times vary by season, so we suggest checking online before you visit.
  • Is it expensive?
    General tickets cost €8 for adults at the door.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    20 minutes walking up the hill from metro station Lesseps, or buses 24 and 92 stop by one of the entrances to the public area, where you can walk to the Monumental Zone.
  • Additional information

    • Only 400 visitors are allowed into the Monumental Zone every half hour!

    • Don't forget sunscreen and some good walking shoes!

What people are saying about Park Güell

Jorge was an excellent and informative guide!!

Jorge's presentation in Spanish and English was so well done. I can not imagine touring either the Parq Guell or the Sagrada Familia without his detailed description of Gauli's conception for either place. Thank you, was an excellent way to spend an afternoon in the beautiful city of Barcelona.

Our guide Isaac was well informed, funny, interesting and polite

He gave us a thorough review of the history of the time and how the park came about. We enjoyed his presentation.

Park Güell Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by judith, 11/08/2018

A timesaving way to ensure a visit to this stunning park

With the queues I was pleased I booked ahead for guaranteed and quick park access. Very clear instructions on how to get there and meeting points and plenty of information staff available to assist once at the park. A great day out and spectacular panoramic views of the city.

Park Güell Admission Ticket Reviewed by Jacqueline, 11/06/2018

Our guide which name I do not remember was very good.

We got a tickedt at 12:00 but when we arrived we were told that some trouble was with the booking and that the 12:00 group was full. But we got a guide at 14:00. So we did not save any time - but got a good guide.

Park Güell Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Sólmundur, 10/09/2018

Very useful visit; I learned a lot about Gaudi. Beautiful furniture.

The guides were most helpful. They were gracious and let us in a few minutes prior to our scheduled time, so we didn't have to wait. The house was not crowded at the time. Plus, they were available to answer questions about the various exhibits. I was most pleased that I had bought the tickets in advance, back in the U.S. prior to our visit to Barcelona.

Gaudi House Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Shalom, 09/25/2018

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