Parc Guell, Barcelona

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Carrer d'Olot 7, Vallcarca, Gràcia, 08024 93-317-39-740

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    A fantasy Park: Park Guell

    by J_Antunes Written Jun 20, 2009

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    Throughout the city you can see many lovely buildings by the catalan architect Antoni Gaudi that had in Barcelona his canvas to built exotic and exciting buildings. This park is probably one of his most interesting works. Count Eusebi Guell wanted to build a housing city. A huge garden area with beautiful cottages dotted along the park. The mountain was called montanha pelada, Barren Mountain and the park was forested and two houses were built. For the count it would be a success: far from the city centre and the factories, full of clean air and great views over the city. But it wasn’t and the only residents ended being the count and Gaudi in a house that wasn’t even designed by him (there isn’t any house in the park designed by Gaudí). The park starts with two gatehouses and then a stairs with the famous lizard of Gaudí where every single tourist seems to want to take a picture. Then there is a huge area with columns that was supposed to be the market but today looks a totally strange. Sometimes there are small concerts and the acoustic is great. In the top there is the terrace with great views. If you continue along the park you’ll find other overlooks. In a part of the park you’ll also pass near a Okupas house that is outside the house. This movement occupies old houses and restores them to do cultural activities or live there. This of course, until one day the owner remembers how great would a new urban project look like in that area and dislodge the people.
    Today it is a nice municipal park full of tourists, with nice views over the city and that is, since 1984, world heritage by UNESCO together with the rest of Gaudí’s works. The entrance is free. In the house where Gaudi lived there is a small museum with the furniture and other elements of his daily life. Entrance is paid.
    The park is normally open from 10 to 19h but schedule varies along the year.

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    Parc Güell

    by Avieira67 Updated May 18, 2009

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    This garden complex, designed by Antoni Gaudí and built from 1900 to 1914 for Eusebi Güell as a luxury villa, is situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. Due to some problems, a few years later its construction, it became a public parc.
    This park extends beyond the structures covering the hill with stepped pedestrian paths and gardens amid the lush foliage. Near the base stands the house Gaudí had built for his own use in the park, the work of his disciple Francesc Berenguer (1905). The house has since been converted into the Casa-Museu Gaudí and houses furnishings designed by Gaudí as well as personal memorabilia.
    In 1984, UNESCO declared Güell Park as a World Heritage site.
    This is an amazing place to spend a few hours and to admire Barcelona from here.

    Entrance: Free

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    where else he could live?

    by mindcrime Written Mar 29, 2009

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    I decided to go by metro to Lesseps and walk the 1300 metres up the hill to the park because I wanted to check this district (Gracia) too. Don’t do it if you feel tired or with hot weather. Plaza Lesseps was interesting by the way, with some black metallic spikes, it seems we were stepping on the deck of a ship! Definitely one of the ugliest squares I ever seen! Cases Ramos is an interesting modernism building though and there is also a church in the corner (pic 1), we took a big breath and we started to walk up the hill.

    Park Guell opens at 10.00am and there’s no entrance fee for the park but I wish there was one when I saw hundreds of people that have occupied the stairway at the entrance (pic 1)! Hopefully, if you walk further inside the park you will enjoy it more. Hopefully, there are maps en-route so I liked to stroll around the narrow pathways. Gaudi created this park for Eusebi Guell, a really rich man that wanted to create a new district in distance from the city. Although the plan was to build 60 houses only 2 came in light. The City Council of Barcelona took the property in 1922 and since then it’s a municipal park.

    You can visit Gaudi’s House(pic 2) that Gaudi lived in 1906 but have in mind that never designed it. The museum (entrance fee 7 euros) has some furnitures and drawings he designed. I enjoyed many multicolour sculptures of Gaudi along the park, the serpentine bench, and of course the view of the city from some parts of the park. Check also some colonnaded footpaths like Sala Hipostila (pic 3) with 89 columns with some of them having internal channels which carry the rain water to the water tank!

    Park Guell entrance Gaudi���s House Sala Hipostila
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    sitting in the park

    by kat-m Written Mar 1, 2009

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    We took a bus from the city centre up to the park, this is advisable as its quite a walk. What can I say its just stunning, as well as the warm weather we got in november, lots of lovely sights, jugglers, sellers, architecture, flowers, plants. A cafe or food and drink stalls all in all a great visit and you could spend all day there.

    the famous lizard in the park seating area

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    Beautiful architecture

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Perhaps one of the best parts of the park guell is the elevated balcony with wavy snake like border from where one can see a view over the entire city of Barcelona. Along the entire border there is a bench in wavy form and each wave has a different pattern and color. Below the balcony is the huge hall with 100 columns. From above this bench the famous lizard and the two beautiful houses that stand near the entrance.

    buildings at the entrance wavy bordered balcony La gran ola from outside the famous lizard

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    A must-see at Barcelona

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 13, 2008

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    This park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built by Antoni Gaudi. Under Gaudi, the construction took place from 1900 to 1914 and was originally built for Mr. Eusebi Güell as a private residential garden. However, the park became public property in 1923. Although the park was never completed by Gaudi, it still remains one of his most fascinating creations. It is perhaps the most visited place in Barcelona and it is always crowded with tourists. Entry is free and one can visit here after a days walking and seeing around to take rest or just for sheer pleasure of seeing yet another Gaudi marvel. The park is decorated with palm trees and rock structures. By using the rock designs Gaudi wanted to use nature as much as possible. The ceramic designs on the ceiling of the structures are also made from recycled ceramic and glass pieces. Although the park is always crowded with tourists, the park still remains a calm and serene place to be in the city.

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    The other, better tourist area

    by mikey_e Written Sep 18, 2008

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    Let's not get confused - Parc Güell (pronounced gwel') is no less touristy than the Rambles, but I think that the fact that this is an open, spread out tourist attraction means that you are able to enjoy everything that it has to offer in much more peace and serenity than you can in the Barri Gotic. Of course, the entrance to the park is almost always crowded and busy, but you can still wander about and find parts of the park in which you will be with few other people and can escape the relative hustle and bustle of Barcelona's tourist season. My favourite part of the park has always been the upper portion, closer to Vallcarca than to Gràcia, where you can marvel at the various forms of cacti and gradually hike up toward to the peak of the park, from which you get great views of the entire city and the Mediterranean. Be sure to pack lots of water if it is a hot day, as you are certain to get dehydrated from the combination of the sun and the hike up to the top.

    Upper balcony of the park View down from the trail to the top Bench atop the conservatory Building at the entrance to the park Tile work in the conservatory
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    made it to Gaudi's fantastical Parc Guell

    by angiebabe Updated Sep 4, 2008

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    I got there by using the hop on hop off bus which goes within about 10 minutes walking/rushing distance from its closest stop which is marked and named as a stop for getting to Parc Guell.

    Then I returned via a 10-15 minute run to Lesseps metro/underground station.

    It was well worth the visit - had been wanting to get to see this being another of Gaudi's amazing creations from the school of modernisme/art nouveau.

    There is no entrance charge to this park and opening times 10-9pm, so the late closing time is excellent for visitors in the summer!

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    Parc Güell

    by MM212 Updated Aug 29, 2008

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    Designed by Gaudí, this park is situated on a hill on the edge of Barcelona with stunning views of the city. The walks and pavillions are all in the typically unusual Gaudí style, combining mosaics and innovative curves. Visiting the park gives you the feeling that you have visited an outer planet! The attached photos are from my Feb 2005 visit. For more photos of this unique park, taken in June 2008, take a look at the travelogue "Parc Güell".

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    check out guell park

    by rkearns Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    step into gaudi's imagination. from the stone corridors and mosaic walls and benches, you have a panoramic view of the city toward the ocean. i'm not sure whether to categorize his work as architecture or landscape.

    one of the structures' corridors mosaic bench and corridor lower level entrance to park

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    Gaudi Goodness!

    by HispanicYob Written Aug 25, 2008

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    If you're looking to get away from the heat of the city, escape to Parc Guell! Located towards the central part of Barcelona, this park was designed by Gaudi but never fully completed during his lifetime (just like Sagarda Familia). There's examples of his work all over the park, from the benches to the monuments near the entrance. This park has a lot of windy paths that are perfect to explore. There is no entrance fee and you're bound to find something new around every corner.

    A sample of the Gaudi work View of some of the city A view of Parc Guell
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    Park Guell.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    This park is a creation of Gaudì. It was built between 1900 an 1914 on the purpose to create a housing area, but this project was unsuccessful. In 1922 Parc Guell was opened to the public.

    Inside the park there is a house where Gaudì lived from 1906 to 1926. It was designed by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. The furniture of this house was designed by Gaudì himself.

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    Lovely Park

    by Cathy24 Written Jul 8, 2008

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    We went here on our last day of our holiday and though we were knackered we were really glad we made the effort to go. We got the metro to Lesseps and then trudged up the steepest hill ever and entered at the back. I think if you went the other way you would avoid such a steep hill.

    It was lovely, once you get to the monument bit there are huge pillars with mosaic on the ceiling, trees with parrots flying about, two houses that look like gingerbread houses and of course the mosaic lizard. It is free in and there is a cafe and public toilets. Also there are loads of nice little shops selling Gaudi stuff quite cheaply.

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    by GibJoe Written Jun 13, 2008

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    I got there using the Bus Turistic, which leaves you at the road. You have to go up the hill to get to the park, apparently someone mentioned that there are electric staircases but we didn’t find them. The Park Guells was built in 1900-1914, designed by Gaudi. It is situated to the north of the city and enjoys great views of Barcelona. One of the most known images of the park is the benches with the mosaic drawings. The two lovely houses by the entrance look like they have been brought out from a fairy tale story. The entrance to the park is free.

    During my visit only a minor hiccup with the waiter at the cafeteria, who apart from being a miserable sod does not have a clue how to treat clients. It was raining and he didn’t want to move a table under an umbrella for us!

    The benches Fairy tale house
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    Park Guel

    by xaver Updated Apr 17, 2008

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    An amazing walk through a park where you can see several Gaudi's works.
    I really enjoyed the sunday in this park, totally away from traffic.It's the only park where I have been where you not just enjoy nature but also some great examples of art.

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