Visit Casa Batlló, a true masterpiece of early 20th-century modernist architecture! Here’s everything you need to know about the history and practical aspects of Gaudi’s strange and beautiful edifice!
A remodel of a previously built house, Casa Batlló was entirely redesigned in 1904 by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). In Barcelona, locals call the Casa Batlló the Gaudi’s House. Casa Batlló is a wondrous edifice, a hallucinatory masterpiece of Catalan modernism. No wonder visitors flock daily to admire the facade and visit the stunning interiors of this unique piece of architecture, nestled in the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Casa Batlló attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year.
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Here is our guide on how to visit Casa Batlló in Barcelona:
Visit Casa Batlló: a few words about its history
At the very beginning of the 20th-century, when the Spanish kingdom lost its colonies, the Catalan economy suffered a recession. After losing the Spanish-American War of 1898, Spain renounced all claim to Cuba, and it ceded Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the United States.
Meanwhile, the fast development of the chemical, metallurgical, electrical, and automobile industries allowed the bourgeoisie to profit tremendously from this new industrial revolution.
In 1900, Josep Batlló i Casanovas, a wealthy textile entrepreneur – married to the daughter of the Count of Godó, another powerful family in Barcelona – acquired the building on Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s main boulevards. In 1904, the couple filed a building permit to renovate the building. Josep Batlló called on Antoni Gaudí to transform the facade of the building.
Gaudi refashioned the entire house, from its interior spaces to the lighting. He redesigned the attic, the terrace, and everything else to such a point that the previous building became unrecognizable. Antoni Gaudí added eleven meters of structure that gave the undulating facade and colorful mosaics the sinuous shapes we know today. If you want to know more about Gaudi, you can read the biography of Antoni Gaudi.
As a point of interest, Casa Batlló was built illegally since the municipal authorities only issued the building permit in 1913!
What to see inside Casa Batlló?
To create Casa Batlló, Antoni Gaudí used stone, wrought iron, glass trencadís (broken tile mosaics), and polychrome ceramics, as he did for the Güell Park. Inspired by the marine world, Gaudí opted for a predominance of blue hues symbolizing the calm, deep blue sea.
Visitors of Casa Batlló have a chance to explore the insides of an architectural masterpiece, and discover the house’s main elements :
- The Noble Floor, where the Batlló family lived until the 1950s;
- The attic;
- The terraces;
- Gaudi’s signature fireplaces;
- The majestic inner courtyard;
- The entrance hall and the main staircase.
Visit Casa Batlló in Barcelona to discover and indulge in the artistic extravagance typical of Gaudí’s creations.
How to visit Casa Batlló? Rates & opening hours
Casa Batlló is located at 43, Passeig de Gràcia. A visit to Casa Batlló lasts about an hour. The house is open from 9 am to 9 pm every day of the year. Closing starts around 8 pm. If you’re keen to enjoy a crowd-free experience, we recommend visiting the house at the opening time when tourists are few.
All year-round, the reception provides the public with a SmartGuide, a digital audio-video device, helpful for visitors who want to visit the house at their own pace. To visit Casa Batlló, we recommend booking your ticket in advance to avoid the long queues at the entrance. A convenient option is to book a skip-the-line ticket online. On the official Casa Batlló website, a skip-the-line ticket costs €28.50, but you can find it for €23.50 (via the link below).
There are several ticket options to choose from:
- Access to the building is free for children under 7 years old, chaperones for blind people, teachers accompanying a group (1 for 20 people) and tourist guides accompanying groups;
- A Standard ticket: €23.50;
- A Fast Pass (skip-the-line ticket): €28.50;
- An “Open date” ticket, to visit whenever you want: €30.50;
- A “Be the first” ticket (maximum 10 people) to visit before Casa Batlló at 8:30 am, before the daily opening time, for only: €36;
- A “Theatrical visit” ticket for a fun and creative visit of the house (perfect for groups and families), exclusively on Sundays at 11 am: €36;
- Opening in the fall of 2017, a “sunset” ticket to visit the building and enjoy a glass of cava on the rooftop at sunset: from 6 pm to 8 pm, exclusively for adults.
Are you planning to stay in Barcelona for a few days? Don’t hesitate to visit Casa Batlló, a remarkable edifice both from inside and outside!
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