Barcelona I.

First of all, I would like to start with Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona, because they are the most unique sights I have ever seen. They are all part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect, who lived between 1852 and 1926. He became the symbol of the modernist movement and his name is now inseperable from Barcelona.

‘There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.’ /Gaudí/

Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401
Opening hours: Open every day! From November to February Monday-Sunday 9:00-18:00, March Monday-Sunday 9:00-19:00, From April to September Monday-Sunday 9:00-20:00, October Monday-Sunday 9:00-19:00, On 25, 26 December and 1 January 9:00-14:00
Tickets: minimum 29 EUR
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Gaudí dedicated his life to work and faith. This project took him almost 43 years! By building his masterpeace, Sagrada Familia, he wanted to demonstrate God’s grace, so he was given the name, ‘God’s architect’. The cathedral was built both in Gothic and organic style and has a cruciform plan. It’s now under reconstruction, but this doesn’t influence its popularity. Make sure to buy your ticket first, or it will be impossible to get in!

Parc Güell
Opening hours: Open every day! From January to 24th March Monday-Sunday 8:30-18:15, from 25th March to 29th April Monday-Sunday 8:00-20:30, from 30th April to 26th August Monday-Sunday 8:00-21:30, from 27th August to 27th October Monday-Sunday 8:00-20:30, from 28th October to 31st December Monday-Sunday 8:30-18:15
Tickets: 5.25-8.50 EUR
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It was built between 1900 and 1914 and named after a businessman, Eusebi de Güell, who assigned Gaudí to build it. It reflects his naturalist phase and full of organic elements. It consists mainly of gardens and buildings (one of which is the Barcelona City History Museum). Its symbol is the mosaic salamander, el drac (the dragon). Anyone can see the park freely, but to enter the terrace with the mosaic benches, you have to buy a ticket (and do this in advence too!).

Casa Batlló
43 Passeig de Gracia
Opening hours: Open every day! Monday-Sunday 9:00-21:00
Tickets: 24.5 EUR
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Passeig de Gracia was a very fashionable place to live in 1900, that’s why textile industrialist Josef Batlló ordered Gaudí to renew the house he bought for his family. Inside you can find the Noble Floor and a museum. The roof of the building looks exactly like the back of a dragon. Like Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, Casa Batlló is extremely popular among tourists, but the ticket is very pricey (28 euros, while the ticket to Sagrada was 15).

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Parc de la Ciutadella
21 Passeig de Picasso
Opening hours: Always open!
Tickets: It’s free to enter!
This public park was designed by Joseph Fontseré, but legend sais the young Gaudí helped to build the main statue as well. It is surrounded by the Parliament of Catalonia, the Museum of Natural Science and the zoo. It was the only place I didn’t have to pay for in Barcelona. On a warm Saturday morning, it serves as a home for playing children and yoga lessons. It’s worth a visit!

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