|Gaudí's Casa Batlló|
Casa Batlló is one of the two great buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí on Passeig de Gràcia, the other being La Pedrera.
From the outside the façade of Casa Batlló looks like it has been made from skulls and bones. The "Skulls" are in fact balconies and the "bones" are supporting pillars.
Gaudí used colours and shapes found in marine life as inspiration for his creativity in this building e.g. the colours chosen for the façade are those found in natural coral.
The building was designed by Gaudí for Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat, as an upmarket home. Señor Batlló lived in the lower two floors with his family and the upper floors were rented out as apartments.
This building is a stunning and original work and well worth the visit. If you decide to take a look around inside you will learn how much attention to detail Gaudí spent on his designs thinking about such things as varying window size depending on how high the window was from the top of the building. In this way he could ensure uniform lighting conditions in each room of the house.
Audio guides are available from the front desk which will give you information on each of the rooms.
How to get to Casa Batlló, opening hours and ticket prices.
The following Information was supplied thanks to Ester Orriols who works at Casa Batlló Visitor's Department.
|Location of Casa Batlló to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Address: Casa Batlló
Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Official Website: www.casabatllo.es
Metro: "Passeig de Gràcia" (Green Line, L3)
Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya exit. Casa Batlló is only 30 seconds walk from the metro stop IF you take the correct metro exit. Look for the exit called: Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya when you are leaving the metro.
Entrance Fee - €18.15 per person with an audio guide included in the entrance price. Save 20% with the Barcelona Card
What is included in the entrance fee:
Visitors are led to the inside by means of an audio-guided tour available in 10 languages. (English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese) through a magnificent private staircase towards the Piano Nobile or Main Floor, former home of the Batlló's. From there you enter the Piano Nobile through the building's ordinary staircase, to ascend through the oniric Lightwell -where blue ranges from the very dark to the very light, dramatically mastering the distribution of natural light- toward the attics, roof terrace and swinging chimneys. Altogether, the tour takes about one hour.
Inside Casa Batlló visitors will also find a souvenir shop with exclusive gifts and a wide variety of Gaudí books.
Discounts on the entrance fee are available for groups more than 20 persons, students, pensioners, Barcelona Card holders, Modernism route have a 10% discount.
Occassionally one of the sections of Casa Batlló may be closed for a private event. Under these circumstances visitors may have restricted access to and the Entrance fee is adjusted accordingly as follows:
Entrance tickets to Casa Batlló with audio guide
You can purchase your admission tickets to Casa Batlló in advance of your trip by following the link below. The admission ticket also includes an informative audio guide that explains the stories behind each room in Casa Batlló (audio guide is available in 10 different languages, English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese). Each point along the audio guide tour is labelled by a number that corresponds with the audio guide track. The audio guide is good for anyone interested in learning more about Guadi's thought processes behind the design of this iconic building.
Opening hours: Every day, from Monday - Sunday 09:00 - 21:00 . There are some days that Casa Batlló closes at 14:00 according to the availability of the rooms.
Casa Batlló only closes officially on the 25 December and the 01 January. Easter holidays open as usual.