Park Güell is an iconic space in the city of Barcelona, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and receiving large numbers of visitors each day.
The original idea of Park Güell was to create a private residential garden city for wealthy Barcelona residents, who could live in Park Güell on the hill El Carmel far from the smoke and noise of Barcelona’s city centre and with lovely city views. However,the idea did not work.
Today Park Güell is a public park and tourist attraction with beautiful gardens and architectonic elements.It is located on Carmelo Hill, in Barcelona(Spain).
Eusebi Güell assigned the design of the park to Antoni Gaudí,the face of Catalonian modernism. Park Güell is a reflexion of Gaudí’s artistic plenitude.In the design Gaudí released all his architectonic genius and put to practice much of his innovative structural solutions that would become the symbol of his organic style.
The park is skillfully designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. The main point of the park is the terrace,surrounded by a long bench which looks like a sea serpent.In Park Güell you can also see a walkway supported by twisting rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks. Although these are rather irregular in shape they do feel strangely natural too.
The entrance of the park is free but if you want to visit the monumental zone there is an entrance fee.
Park Güell also has a small house in the park where Gaudí lived for a while. The house has now been converted into a museum and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudí.For visiting the house there is also an entrance fee.
The park itself is magical, with twisted stone columns supporting curving colonnades or merging with the natural structure of the hillside. Its peak is marked by a large cross, and offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the sea beyond.It is possible to view the main city in panorama, with the Sagrada Família and the Montjuïc area visible at a distance.
Today Park Güell is one of Barcelona most popular tourist attractions. Do not miss it! In order to ensure your visit and avoid queues we recommend to book your ticket online!
Address: Carrer d’Olot, s/n, 08024 Barcelona
Telephone number: 902 20 03 02