Park Güell, Barcelona

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One of many notable city structures designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí, Park Güell is a garden complex built between 1900 and 1914. World Heritage–listed, this complex is noted for being one of the largest architectural structures in this part of Europe. Though it features some of the finest examples of Gaudí’s creativity, for many visitors the highlight is not the exquisite architecture, but the sweeping views. Just inside the main entrance is the interpretive visitor center, featuring an exhibit about Gaudí’s building methods, as well as displays on the history of the park. Wooded and laced with footpaths, the park attracts over 4 million visitors each year. The park can be reached on foot, but if you wish to avoid a vigorous uphill walk, hitch a ride on the public bus. To visit Park Güell and other attractions in Barcelona, use our Barcelona holiday builder website .
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  • The Park is indeed located in Barcelona, but still feels like being in a different location. The Park is really great, so was the crowd spread out a little. The wonderful views over Barcelona to let on a trip in the city not to be missed.
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  • A large public park where a walk, a picnic or visit of the sculptures may not be so poorly managed! Starting from boys outside they give you directions in half and they almost seem miffed, ending with the nonexistent lighting that is there in the evening. For touring the area with the monuments you should book: in a huge park is unthinkable duty book ahead to visit some outdoor monument! If in case we wanted to go into the openings that make night, avoided because you can't see anything, and why some monuments are in remote parts of the Park, so not recommended to visit after dark. Poorly managed, not recommended!
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  • very famous Park and with various works of Gaudi, several spaces and different environments all with many works and magic
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  • Nice park with a great view of the city (especially if you brave the health&safety nightmare of the mount). In the unpaid area here's no great variety throughout the park (and lots of hawkers, not pushy though). You can see the mosaic benches and columns of paid area from behind it, we didn't feel the need to go in (or the hassle of tickets/queues). Probably one of the best free things to do in Barcelona. You'll need to be able to walk up hills though, despite there being a few escalators in the street up from the Metro level. If you were wondering where the souvenir shops were in town you'll certainly find them around here. [Note: At the time of writing, half the mosaic stone bench area is being renovated]
  • The park is nice, but the ticketing system could be improved. We didn't buy our tickets in advance, but showed up first thing in the morning hoping to beat the crowds. (Also because there isn't much for shade coverage.) Well they said we couldn't get in until 6 hours later. They allow 400 people per half hour into the park and there definitely wasn't that many people there. Instead we walked around the free portion and still saw some nice things.
  • No doubt this is a must-see place. You'll find lots of pictures of this park on the web but none of them compare to what you feel when you actually go there. Gaudi is just an amazing artist. However, what I would recommend is to try to go during a period when there aren't so many tourists in Barcelona, because the park can become really really crowded. I went in January and it was just perfect.
  • I haven't been to the paid area of the park but it was still well worth the visit as it's an amazing place for a stroll. Especially if you go all the way to the top, as the view from there is stunning. Also, abundance of local buskers performing in the park will make a great experience - I've seen someone tap dancing for the first time in my life!
  • Amazing architecture that takes your breath away. Not a very time consuming place since there are only 8-9 points of interest. Suggest not taking the guided tour but downloading the free audio guide mobile app in advance. It has everything and will save you 7 euros for the guided tour you might have taken otherwise. Definitely visit.

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