|Antoni Gaudí Park Güell Entrance Dragon Fountain|
Park Güell was commissioned by Eusebi Güell who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy.
|Antonio Gaudí parc Güell - large organic looking columns made from stone.|
The park contains amazing stone structures (see below), stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. You can see from this picture the Gaudí dragon fountain that is at the entrance to Güell park. This dragon is adorned in beautiful coloured tiling and there is something rather hypnotic and magical about it.
Here you can see a walkway supported by twisting rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks. Although these are rather irregular in shape they do feel strangely natural too.
Gaudí was strongly influenced by natural shapes and used them in his work.
At the top of Güell park is a terraced area where you get a wonderful view of the park and of Barcelona City. Here you will find multi-coloured tiled mosaic seats as shown in this picture. The vibrant colours of the tiles are truly breathtaking.
|Antoni Gaudí Güell Park - mosaic seating area adorned with multi-coloured tiles||Parc Güell by Antoni Gaudí The house in which Gaudí lived is now a museum.|
Park Güell also has a small house in the park which Gaudí lived in at one stage. The house has now been converted into a museum and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudí.
If you're visiting the park by metro be prepared for at least a 20 minutes walk. The last 200 m walk is up a steep hill. If you have difficulties going up steep steps then a taxi or bus may be a better means of transport. You'll find bus information at the tourist information office at Plaça de Catalunya.
Due to park Güell's location and size you'll need to schedule at least half a day for a visit to Güell park but it will be well worth the visit.
|Location of Park Güell to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
Metro stop "Lesseps" (Green Line, L3) On leaving the metro follow the street signposts for the park.
Open hours from 10:00 (closing time varies for different times of year but is normally around 21:00).
Entrance Fee - Free
Follow the link below to find out how you can go on a walking tour around Park Güell led by a professional guide. The guide will take you around all the most interesting parts of Gaudí's park along with giving you invaluable insights on Gaudí's creations in the park. This walking tour is only available in English language.
If you would like to learn more about Gaudí's park Güell and Sagrada Familia then consider going on the guided Gaudí tour. The tour includes entrance fees, bus transportation and tour guide. See this page for more information on the Gaudí Tour.