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Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

Activity provider: Barcelona Dragon Tours

Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

Activity provider: Barcelona Dragon Tours

From US$ 195.63 per group up to 2

This walking tour through the wide streets of Eixample is a foray into a turbulent time. Discover the palaces and beautiful houses that espouse the ideals of Modernism as constructed from stone, ceramic, and glass.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Experience an entertaining, exciting, and informative German-language tour of Eixample
  • Discover the beautiful buildings and Art Nouveau palaces
  • Let the magic of Modernism enchant you and see the Golden Square
  • Immerse yourself in the history of this unique and magical city
  • Travel to the 19th century and discover what happened when Barcelona threw off its shackles
  • Get to know the secret side of this multi-facetted metropolis full of contrasts
  • Hear history and anecdotes from your tour guide
Full description
In English, Eixample means "city expansion." The neighborhood, whose leveled corner façades you've likely strolled past, was established in 1854 when the city walls were torn down and the empty expanse between the overfilled old city and the little town of Gracia could finally be built upon. Eixample proper, today known also as the Golden Square, is the area where the industrialists, aristocrats, and Catalans (the so-called Indianos) who had come into money in South America constructed city palaces with the star architects of their time. And what an opportunity: for 200 years the upper echelons had been cooped up with the poorest classes in the old city. Autonomy and codetermination were refused by the central government in Madrid, and the people suffered under these policies. The local officials could do little, unless they had money in the bank, and they weren't stingy when it came to architecture. They splurged on beautiful buildings and used these to put their wealth on display, employing illustrious architects like Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and of course Gaudí, to construct these masterpieces. It was a moment of modernism. Like the German Art Nouveau, the Viennese Secession, or the English Modern Style, Catalan Modernism began in 1885 not as a new architectural style but a cultural movement encompassing literature and visual art. For example, the Palau de la Musica conceptualized by Domènech i Montaner paid homage to Catalan folk songs not just in reference to music but by building an allegory out of stone. On this city tour of Barcelona, walk along the street of the Golden Square and discover buildings by the most interesting and important Catalan architects of Modernism. You may never emerge from the wonderment inspired by the incredible decoration in this district. The following highlights await: - 1714 and beyond: the repercussions of the war of secession - The enslaved city - The wall is torn down - To a better future: Ildefons Cerda's utopia of the perfect city or why Eixample will tell another story - Like the phoenix from the ashes: the Catalan Renaissance - Barcelona cleans up: the Barcelona World's Fair - Barons of industry, the bourgeoisie, and festival in Raval - Gaudí's hour - A dragon's den with relics - or Karneval with confetti - Dali and the Chupa-Chups empire - Gaudí and New York - Passeig de Gracia: trencadís or shards bring luck -Three stars at the block of discord - The most famous quarry in the world - So many rooms but no place for the piano - The week of tragedy: Madonna must go - War of stars on the ceiling - Gaudí's trick with string - Sagrada Familia: Gaudí's lost plans And much more.
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  • U-Bahn (subway) ticket
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Meeting point

Plaza de Urquinaona, in front of the Theater Borrás

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Know before you go

  • This tour is a 3- weather tour and runs in sun, rain, and wind - even strong showers.
  • In summer, don't forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. A little bottle of water can't hurt either. A jacket or thin coat should suffice in the winter months.
  • The tour is a relaxed walk; no need to rush. There is always time to stop for photos, and no one will begrudge you a bathroom break.
  • To experience the unique groups around the city up close, the guide sticks to streets and squares on this city tour. Admire monuments from their exteriors; museum visits and interior explorations (with a couple of exceptions) are not part of the program.
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A must when you are in Bacelona

An entertaining, interesting tour in which you can learn a lot about fun, country and people. The guide is there with body and soul, open to any question, brings his enthusiasm and knowledge across well, humorously and sympathetically: even if it takes longer. He gives you good tips for your further stay in Barcelona and the surrounding area. We can only recommend it.

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January 20, 2019

"Private tour" with a superguide

Due to the cancellation of another couple who were too hot in Barcelona, we practically had a private tour. With Johannes Fraunhofer we also had a top-class guide. With his in-depth knowledge of the history of Spain and Barcelona and the architectural styles of the city, we got to know the Eixample district on foot in a very entertaining way. We had a wonderful and informative afternoon with him and can only recommend him.

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July 19, 2015

Super tour - great guide

It was an extremely well run tour with lots of information. Johannes did this tour very well - highly recommended "

October 7, 2018

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