photo by Aslak Raanes

Park Güell is a very beautiful garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí".

The assignment of this project was made by the count of Güell as an aristocratic city-garden with single-family residences. The project was radical for its time and, originally as a real estate project, was a failure. Only in 1922, the Barcelona City Council bought the property and in the following year converted it to a municipal park.

Gaudí avoided leveling the grounds so that the park has a network of twisting roads which follow the contours of the land. The lowest point is the entrance, from which a double staircase leads to the hypostyle chamber, the ceiling of which serves as the floor of the huge public square. Outlying areas have imaginative viaducts and colonnades, which in their design evoke natural forms.

Know before you go

If you're visiting the park by metro be prepared for at least a 20 min walk. The last 200 m walk is up a steep hill. If you have difficulties going up steep steps then a taxi or bus may be a better means of transport. You'll find bus information at the tourist information office at Placa de Catalunya.

Getting there

Metro stop "Lesseps" (Green Line, L3) On leaving the metro follow the street signposts for the park Open hours from 10:00 (closing time varies for different times of year but is normally around 19:00). Entrance Fee - Free

Contact & location

C/ Larrard 59, Barcelona, Spain

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