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“beautiful hike and views of madrid”
Review of Palau Guell

Palau Guell
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Ranked #13 of 697 things to do in Barcelona
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This palace was the home of industrialist Eusebi Guell and was Antonio Gaudi's first major building in the city..
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“beautiful hike and views of madrid”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

There's a lot to see, without buying the tickets to go into the pay area or museum. The only downside is all the crappy souvenir stations set up that our small children are drawn to like flies ;).

Visited May 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Well anything gaudi is amazing and really I could not get enough of it. This just topped it off with a very interesting audio tour (which left the audio on the grey line hop on hop off bus a lot to be desired).
It is simply incredible how guell lived and his relationship with gaudi allowing places like this to come to life.

Visited May 2014
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“Whimsy gives vent to creative imagination and blow- your- socks- off creativity”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

The last place one would expect to find a magnificent town villa is in the middle of the somewhat oppressive darkness of the Carrier Nou de la rambla. I am pleased,nevertheless,that Mr. Guell decided to build one here and for choosing Gaudi as his architect with complete freedom to creative licence.

One can only imagine what it felt like to arrive in a coach and ride through the gateway,to be blown away by the visual splendour and imaginative style awaiting your senses. Stepping out of your imaginary carriage,you would have been bowled over by the amazing,mystical domed hall that rises through the floors,shrouded in darkness,reminiscent of a medieval inner courtyard

This is a home of someone at once religious yet avant-garde. The dome was engineered so that light penetrates slightly through minute apertures,creating a star- filled firmament. the living space is more intimate but hardly less grand. Gaudi pulled out all stops here,combining artistic and imaginative innovation with an interesting Arts & Crafts form.

The interior has canopies,arched galleries,decorative window glass and wall coverings.... carvings and extravagant furniture fill the inexhaustible creative imagination at play here. The roof is probably the most well known due to its amusing ventilation shafts and biomorphic decorations.
Loved this whimsy and imaginative concept,to bits

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Enough to miss a flight for?? Almost!”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

I stumbled upon Guell Palace when it was closed and would only be open the day of my departure and I thought, "ok I'll pop by for a quick look before I fly out". Famous last words when I found myself trampling maniacally over everyone precariously descending the umpteen flights of stairs to get out - so carried away had I gotten inside of this majestic, opulent, grandiose house. The defining moment was when I arrived at the roof and was confronted by a totally incongruous, insane "mini-park-Guell" type environment, that I actually found myself considering missing my flight...

Gaudi. Damn him and his mesmerizing ways...

Visited May 2014
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“Fascinating - but pre-book and”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

The Gaudi architecture makes this a park like no other. Don't queue, pre-book on the Parc Guell website - it's cheaper too. We booked an entry slot (half-hourly) 1 hour in advance, although I'm not sure if that's always possible.

There's a free part of the park and the pay-for Gaudi part. If you enter via the free part, follow signs to C 'Olot (Carrer d'Olot) or just look around for the Gaudi mosaic-clad buildings to get your bearings.

We found it hard to find the pre-book line so, if in doubt, ask a staff member. In summary, Carrer d'Olot has a big flight of steps at one end, two Gaudi buildings in the middle, and big gates at the other end. Enter via the gates and turn hard left.

Also, we came from Vallcarca Metro station, which has escalators up the very steep approach to the park, but not much in the way of sign-posting, so take a good streetmap.

Possibly the navigation to the park is more straightforward from Lesseps Metro station, but I've heard the walk may be steeper.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Heather M
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