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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. Arrange to visit Park Güell and other attractions in Barcelona using our Barcelona vacation generator.
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  • As I wrote in my other review (Segrada Família): I was not a big fan of booking a specific time way in advance. But it was really good that we did otherwise we wouldn't have been able to go to the Par...  more »
  • You must buy tickets in advance to get access to the Gaudi designs. One can access the surrounding park without tickets. A long way from the center and a challenging uphill walk but great views over t...  more »
  • We were there early and it is still quite crowded. I cannot recommend this attraction as a must go since as the days goes on it gets extremely crowded and there are minimal to see. You can get done wi...  more »
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  • A must see! Prepare to hike though. Lots of going up and down but the scenery is well worth it. If you can enter from the back side, it would probably be better considering its less crowded. There is a spot in the middle that you need to pay to enter, we were told it wasn't worth it so we did not enter. We still got to see the majority of the park and enjoyed our time there. Make sure to take pictures of the city from top!
  • A unique place! Reasonable price for visit. However, I do remember it as a free entrance few years back. Still, a must visit place, make sure to take escalator up to the hill once you getting up... Feel free to enjoy the atmosphere and arrive at late afternoon of you want to have great views over the city. Morning time ks quite too, but a fog sometimes still cover the skyline.
  • Lovely park with some amazing architecture. Well worth the visit. Bring sunglasses and water as it is bright and hot. Be prepared for 20 min walk from metro to get there plus its all uphill on the way. Fee to access monument area is worth it as it reduces overcrowding.
  • Well worth a visit. Here's what you need to know: * Book ahead for an early slot before the heat and the crowds become unbearable. * The walk up from town is long and quite steep. If it's hot, get a bus or taxi—you'll do enough walking in the park. * The guided tour is fine, but we didn't learn anything we couldn't have gleaned from reading Wikipedia. * Bring water. Better yet, bring a small picnic. You can eat in spaces around the monumental zone. (The cafe is small and not great, and the places immediately around the park are what you'd expect.)
  • There are 2 parts to Park Guell, a free outer area and then the interior that you need to buy tickets for. We went and entered from the back side of the part, a really cool (but super steep walk!) with escalators outside. The free part is beautiful, lots of trails and view points. We were planning on going inside but they were so busy that the first ticket time available was later in the day, we decided to skip it. Still got a great view of the city and park.