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Casa Batlló

Tickets for Casa Batlló
Tickets for Casa Batlló

General Information

Casa Batlló is a building that was renovated by Antoni Gaudí for a businessman named Josep Batlló and it became one of the most impressive buildings of Barcelona and a must-see site for every tourist, even if only from the outside.

The building captures Gaudi’s most recurring motives like the bold and impressive colors, the abstract patterns and the highly imaginative decorations. On the roof you can see many chimneys, each of which is interesting in itself, the use of colorful stained glass and of course the use of neo-Gothic symbols inspired by bones and skulls.

Some specialist say that when designing this masterpiece, Gaudí was inspired by the popular legend of the destruction of a dragon by St. George, the green decorations on the front of the building symbolizing the dragon and the long white corridors giving visitor the impression of walking inside a dragon. The roof looks like the backbone of a large animal making this building even more intriguing.

There are other interpretations of the attraction, like Salvador Dali‘s that claimed that the architecture of the house was meant to imitate the waves of the sea.

Casa Batlló as well as Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia, was crowned by UNESCO an international heritage site.

What do you see in Casa Batlló?

The building has some of the most unique pieces of art, like the chimneys with unique abstract designs that cover the roof of the building. Each and every one of them has a different design. The ceramic cross at the top of the dragons back, that was built in the original house, originally from Majorca and was left by Gaudi even though it was damaged because of its beauty.

The front wall of Casa Batlló is the most representative for this attraction. The wall has colors and shapes that are unique only to this building and are abstract even by Gaudi’s definition.

Tips and Recommendations for Visiting Casa Batlló




 

  • Casa Batlló is one of the most famous attractions in Barcelona. It is recommended to all tourist to visit this amazing sight, even if you choose to see only the outside of it. Depending on your time, budget and your interest in modern architecture. If you have to choose between Gaudi’s masterpieces we would definitely recommend Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló.
  • It is recommended to combine a tour of Casa Batlló with a visit to the shopping street Passage de Garcia, as well as a visit to another building of Gaudí, Casa Mila.
  • Most of the structure is adapted and accessible to wheelchairs, if the chair is too large you can rent a chair suitable for all elevators at the building. The attraction is also accessible for blind people since there is an audio guide that explains the history and structure of the building (for additional information – Accessibility in Casa Batlló and Accessibility in Barcelona).
  • The area has plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy lunch after the tour, for example the tapas restaurants Taller de Tapas2254 Barcelona or Hummus Barcelona (for additional information – Restaurants in Barcelona).

Tips for Entering Casa Batlló:

  • You can tour the site with an audio guide that indicates 20 important points in a structure that you will probably not be able to see for yourself. The guide is available in 10 languages ​​including English, Russian and French (for additional information – Casa Batlló Audio Guide).
  • If you are visiting during the summer months make sure to purchase tickets prior to you arrival because the queues can be quite long (for additional information – Casa Batlló Tickets).
  • Casa Batlló is one of the attractions in Barcelona that it is recommended to visit both during the day and by night. The lights of the night show a different side of the building, making it very different than what you would see at the sunlight (for additional information – Visit Casa Batlló at night). 
  • This landmark is included in the discounts list of Barcelona Card, Barcelona Card Express, Barcelona Pass and iVenture Card.

Tips for Kids & Families in Casa Batlló:

  • The site is a great place to visit with children, because its unique architecture and the story behind the meaning of the building. You can explain the kids the story of St. Geroge, a Roman soldier, born in the city of Lydda that killed a dragon that was threatening the innocent people, and that the inside of the building resembles the skeleton of a dragon.
  • Children under the age of 7 have free access to the site, and sometimes there is an organized tour dedicated to children, where a tour guide is dresses like Antoni Gaudí and tells the story of the building (for additional information – Kids and Families in Casa Batlló and Kids and Families in Barcelona).
  • If you visit this area during the evening it is highly recommended to try Gaudi’s Pedrera: The Origins – Night Show, which is located close by (for additional information – Visit Barcelona at Night).

Tips for Transportation to Casa Batlló:

  • It is recommended to get to this site using the metro, there is a metro station right in front of the building. We do not recommend arriving to the site with a private car because of the traffic. Additionally, the Hop-on Hop-off bus has a station nearby (for additional information – Transportation in Barcelona and Hop-on Hop-off bus).
  • Nearby there is a station of the Hop-on Hop-off bus red and blue lines (for additional information – Hop-on Hop-off Bus Map).

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Useful Information

Getting there
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Metro

L2 (purple), L3 (green), L4 (yellow) – Station Passeig de Gràcia.

Location

Passeig de Gràcia, 43
08007 Barcelona
Spain

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday:
09:00-21:00

Official Website

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