One of Barcelona’s most fanciful buildings, the elaborate Casa Batlló was built by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and is nicknamed the “House of Bones” for its contorted window frames and skeletal pillars. Casa Batlló’s interior is equally mind-boggling, featuring rippled walls, exquisite tile work, and sculpted fireplaces.
A masterpiece of modernist design, Casa Batlló has become one of the city’s most memorable tourist attractions. The UNESCO-listed building stands on the famous Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s central avenue, and ranks among Gaudí’s most famous structures. Gaudí-themed tours of Barcelona almost always include a visit to the building, and visitors pressed for time can opt for skip-the-line access. Caso Batlló is often visited in combination with Gaudí’s other famous sites, including nearby Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera), La Sagrada Familia, and the mosaic-filled Park Güell.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Casa Batlló is a must-see for art and architecture lovers.
- The museum offers free Wi-Fi.
- Much of the building is wheelchair accessible, and museum exhibits are also accessible to visitors with visual and hearing impairment.
How to Get There
Situated in the heart of Barcelona, Casa Batlló is easily accessible on foot from most areas of the old city. You can get there via the metro (the nearest stop is Passeig de Gracia station), or by bus. Most hop-on hop-off bus tours of Barcelona also stop at Casa Batlló.
When to Get There
Casa Batlló is open year-round. In the busy summer months, expect long lines at the ticket window and opt for an early morning visit to avoid crowds.
The Legend of Saint George
Antoni Gaudí worked the legend of Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia, into the architecture of Casa Batlló. Keep your eyes open for the back of the dragon pierced with Saint George’s sword, the balcony of the princess, and the skeletal remains of the dragon’s victims.