Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit another impressive modernist building in Barcelona: Palau Güell. Often overshadowed by Gaudí’s other masterpieces such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, and, of course, the Sagrada Familia, I thought that maybe it wouldn’t be quite as impressive. And I couldn’t have been more wrong. Don’t let the much cheaper entrance price fool you. Palau Güell is absolutely worth a visit if you want to get a taste of Barcelona’s modernism and Gaudí’s creative genius.
Built between 1886 and 1888, Palau Güell was one of the first important commissions of Antoni Gaudí. It was built for the family of industrial tycoon and politician Eusebi Güell and his family as an extension of their primary home on La Ramba. The family lived there until moving to Park Güell, another Gaudí creation in the north of Barcelona, and UNESCO later declared the palace a World Heritage Site in 1984.
Today, Palau Güell sees visitors from all over the world who come to admire Gaudí’s architectural originality. It’s the perfect place to experience Gaudí’s trademark style of playing with light, space, and form to unite artistic beauty and functionality.
Visiting Palau Guell
The audioguide takes visitors up several levels through the house. Starting in the basement that originally contained the Güell family stables, visitors then wind their way through the main hall containing the parlors and dining room, up through the bedrooms, and finally to the attic and stunning rooftop.
The best part of the visit comes last as the tour ends on the beautiful rooftop dotted with chimneys. These chimneys are about more than just function, though. True to Gaudí’s style, he made them as beautiful as they were functional. Covered in beautiful mosaic tile work, the chimneys make the incredible rooftop views that much more unique.
How to get there:
Palau Güell is located just off La Rambla, on the edge of the Raval neighborhood. It’s pretty much right in the heart of Barcelona and the closest metro stations are Liceu and Drassanes.
You can buy your tickets online ahead of time here, although, as Palau Güell doesn’t see the number of tourists that the other Gaudí buildings do, buying tickets at the door is often possible.
The general entry price with the audio guide is a very affordable 12 euros, and there are several discounts available.
Have you been to Palau Güell? What did you think? Leave a comment below!