Antoni Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect has created many masterpieces in his life. However, there is no doubt that La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, and the colorful Park Güell are the most memorable ones among them.
You cannot visit Barcelona without getting a glimpse of the fantastic and historical work of the art of Gaudí. Park Güell is an excellent example of Gaudí’s immense artistry and intelligence. One of the largest green spaces in Barcelona and a fantastic spot to take a breath of fresh air, in the heart of a busy city.
Park Güell, whose construction took 14 years, is one of the most visited attractions in Barcelona. The park’s construction began in 1900 when wealthy entrepreneur Eusebi Güell (after whom the park was named) joined forces with Gaudí to create a project consisting of a city of luxurious homes for the rich people of Barcelona of that time. Finally, the project never really took off, and it became a park.
This park is not an ordinary one, as its architectural design of the buildings, along with the green spaces, are all well thought and executed as Gaudí wanted and has designed. Gaudí loved precision, and that’s why each detail of the park counts.
Not wanting to waste the stunning designs and wide open spaces that Gaudí had created, the area was made into a big public park in 1926. From there, Park Güell received UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1984, and its vast popularity is measured by the almost 4 million visitors it receives every single year.
Thankfully, access to the park is limited every half an hour, so you can still experience that "get away from it all" natural feel, which is undoubtedly the vibe Gaudí was going for when he designed this open space. Since the access is limited for a certain number of visitors, it is a good idea to buy the tickets online before arriving at the park, thus avoiding to queue for hours.
How much do Park Güell tickets cost?
Parc Güell online tickets allow you to skip the line. In fact, given that the entrance is sequenced every half hour, a skip-the-line ticket assigns you a precise time of entry which must be respected and which will provide the benefit to skip the queue at the ticket office.
- Adults : €10
- Children from 7 to 12, for people that accompany disabled people and people over 65: €7
- Children from 0 to 6 and people with disabilities: Free
- If you have a «Targeta rosa» pass card, you can also enter for free.
Skip-the-line tickets also guarantee you secured entry if tickets are all sold; it often happens on days with the highest tourist influx. Therefore, we advise you to buy skip-the-line tickets online to make sure you have an insured entrance.
Are guided tours worth it?
Absolutely! You can book a one hour guided tour in several different languages, helping you understand more about the various buildings you will pass by while walking through the park. They allow you to be guided throughout your visit and have information on all the essential details and architecture in the Park Güell, including the Gaudí Home Museum and the Casa del Guarda.
You will avoid getting lost in this large park and be able to learn new information about Gaudí’s life and works. You can choose between:
Moreover, guided tours may included other attractions as well, so you can visit several spots with one ticket!
Is there any combined tickets available?
Yes! Combined tickets are a great way to save money and time, so you can combine your preferred attractions and make your stay in Barcelona as comfortable as possible.
You can choose the most popular one, the Park Güell and Sagrada Familia combined ticket, combining two of the most beautiful works of Gaudí in Barcelona; or the Park Güell + Casa Milà, a great choice if you're looking to know more about Gaudí's career and artistry.
What are the opening hours?
The park opens all year round at 8:00 am and closes at 9:30 pm in summer and 7 pm in winter.
What will I see?
At the entrance of the park, the stairway leads up to a majestic structure ornamented with columns. The big square serves as a balcony that overlooks Barcelona and the sea. Here, mosaic-covered benches look like waves. The curvy paths forming an unusual walking route are convenient places to enjoy nature during the walk and to understand Gaudí’s art.
The main entrance (on the southern side) will give you an instant view of the walls and stairs, which are made of rustic stone and tiling in ceramics of various colors. It almost looks like a gingerbread house design! Once inside, you will find different buildings and sections to explore.
The most known parts of the park include the vast and imposing main entrance, tempting visitors in, as well as the Dragon Stairways, the Hypostyle Room, Greek Theatre, Nature Square, Laundry Room Portico, Austria Gardens, and the various viaducts, bridges, and small roads which were designed by Gaudí.
You’ll also see peaceful paths which wind through the trees, sculptures and individually designed mosaics all around the park. Everything is wonderfully preserved, looking as top class as it did the day it was built.
How to get to the Park Güell?
The park is situated in Carrer d’Olot, Barcelona. You can choose one of this option to get there:
- The Bus Güell shuttle service included in your ticket, a 15 minutes ride from Alfons X metro to the entrance.
- The Barcelona Hop on Hop Off Bus
- The metro: line n°3, hop off at the Vallcarca station
- A sustainable option: an escalator by the Avinguda del Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntanya, that leads you to the park.
- It is important to show your ticket at the entry, including for the people who have free admission.
There is a specific itinerary for disabled people and people with mobility difficulties, so make sure to contact the park visitors service beforehand to have more information about the itinerary and other available services.
- Park Güell is open all year round, thanks to the temperate Barcelona weather, although, during the winter months, it might be wise to bring a jacket or thicker coat, to protect against the colder wind which, sometimes, can whip up in the more open spaces.
- Admission is limited in time slots: pre-booking of the tickets is always recommended to ensure you’re not standing out waiting for a considerable length of time. Online tickets let you skip the line and enter in your pre-booked time slot.
- During the summer months, Park Güell is hugely popular as a spot to escape from the sun. Arranging your visit beforehand is undoubtedly crucial during peak times of the season.