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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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!

Planning Your Visit

  • 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?
    Open daily, 8:00 AM-9:30 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • 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!

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What people are saying about Park Güell

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 14,751 reviews

We had a great time on this tour. Our family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 late teen children - really enjoyed seeing the sights of Gaudi with our very knowledgeable tour guide, Oliver. The pace was perfect and Oliver was pleasant and full of info! He handled the various interests of our group well and answered all questions posed. We would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to both see the sights and learn about them and about Spain/Catalonia as well.

Our guide, Olga, was extremely knowledgeable. I learned so much about the park and La Sagrada Familia basilica! I highly recommend this with her!

Manu was a great guide! Sharp on time, great infos and overall knowledge! Super nice! Best way to visit park Guell! Totally recommend it!

Its very exciting the place but the app of map doesn't help.. But Google maps helps better

Oliver was excellent and very knowledgeable. He made the history fun. Thank you!