Güell Park (Parc Güell)
Güell Park is known as one of Gaudí's most colorful works and its expansive display of this artist's playful architecture is what makes it one of Barcelona's top attractions. While the park was originally meant to be a housing development for rich socialites, when the wealthy decided not to move to the hilltop, it became a public playground.
Gaudí spent the first 15 years of the 20th century constructing the numerous fountains, pedestrian walkways and benches in his signature style that are still enjoyed by visitors today. One of the most popular spots in the park is at the top of the hill, where from brightly colored mosaic seats you can take in the panoramic view over Barcelona city and capture some great photos of the park.
Another must-see attraction in Güell Park is the Gaudí House Museum. This pink house near the base of the park is where Gaudí spent the last two decades of his life and it is filled with furniture and other works designed by the artist.
Antoni Gaudí was greatly inspired by nature and designed his pieces to reflect the shapes and colors he saw. You will notice that many of his creations seem to be built from natural materials and often take the form of plants and animals. A favorite of tourists is the mosaic dragon fountain that greets everyone at the entrance.
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Duration: 9 hours (approx.)