The 11 km (6.8 miles) long city tour takes you to the most famous works of the artist Antoni Gaudí, who shaped the cityscape like no other.
Barcelona wouldn’t be the same without the famous buildings of the architect Antoni Gaudí. Secular buildings like Casa Battló, Casa Milà, Park Güell or Catherdral Sagrada Família identify the city.
Firstly Antoni Gaudí’s style was misunderstood. When the artist completed his studies in 1878 at the architecture school in Barcelona a professor once considered: “I’m not sure, whether we gave the title a lunatic or a genius.” Today there’s no doubt anymore: a lot of Gaudí’s works meanwhile belong to the UNESCO world heritage.
Gaudí’s works are characterized by a really unique style: The “modernisme” is the Catalonian answer to the European “art nouveau” and it combines organic shapes with floral elements. Right angles and clear structures cannot be found.
The city walk starts at the Metro-Station Urquinona in the center of Barcelona. We pass Casa Calvet and the Catherdral Sagrada Família, which is probably the most famous building of the architect and incomplete to this day. We walk uphill to the Park Güell, a vast garden which Gaudí constructed for his mentor Eusebi Güell. We follow the track to Casa Vicens, Casa Milá and Casa Battló until we return to the starting point.
The famous crypt of the chapel Colonia Güell is not visited on this city tour, as it is located too far away from city center. But it’s definitely worth visiting. You can reach the Colonia Güell by tram departing from Plaza España.
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Various parking lots in the center of Barcelona.