Gaudi… the Park Güell… I was really looking forward to our visit. I looked at countless videos and pictures that different bloggers have made of this park and I was always intrigued. How would it feel to really be there?
We preordered our tickets online. It doesn’t save a lot of money, but that saved one euro is enough to get an ice cream elsewhere. So we had a date and a time for our visit, the weather was good and the metro trip to the park wasn’t long.
All that visitors need to do when they get off the metro is to follow the signs to the park and a 20-minute walk will bring them there.
The park is divided into two sections – one can be entered for free, the other one is subject to a charge. We had tickets and were let into the park exactly on time (it wasn’t even a minute earlier). I later read that for every time slot a maximum of 400 tickets is sold. Visitors can stay on the premises for as long as they wish. I can imagine that it gets quite busy during peak season as the area is also a lot smaller than I had anticipated.
Two houses, both designed by Gaudí, are in the park. The distinctive gingerbread style roofs have a high recognition value and I like them a lot. One house is open to visitors. It is currently home to an exhibition about Gaudí that we didn’t find very enjoyable.
The famous stairs with the wonderful stonework and the salamander fountain were firstly a lot smaller than I thought and secondly also very crowded. Everyone wanted a picture, ideally right next to the salamander. I liked the tiles and the ceramic works of the stairs a lot.
In the centre of the park is a large patio with an extraordinary framing. The bench is covered in ceramic works and mosaics and is one of the main foto stops for visitors. I managed to get a picture of a little bit of it without any other visitors! We didn’t sit down even though it is said that the bench has an ergonomic shape and is therefore very comfortable.
I liked the stone tunnel the most. It is integrated into the side of the slope. I imagine I’d feel very comfortable in there on a hot day.The free section of the park is significantly bigger.
It is full of nicely laid out paths for walks, spots for picknicks and some design elements that make it truly unique. Visitors can marvel at a beautiful bridge and the stone arcades beneath it.
Compared to other tourist attractions the 8€ admission fee is almost a bargain. A visit to the Park Güell is well worth it when one takes the time to also explore the free section of the park.
Carrer d’Olot, 3
Opening Hours (in 2016):
30th of October to 26th of March: 08.30 – 18.15
27th of March to 1st of May: 08.00 – 20.30
2nd of May to 28th of August: 08.00 – 21.30
29th of August to 29th of October: 08.00 – 20.30
Admission (in 2016):
Adults online pre-order: 7€
Discounts are available