Park Güell is a picture-perfect tourist destination for your next trip to Barcelona. For architectural enthusiasts, you may be familiar with modernist Antoni Gaudí’s psychedelic creation. Its colorful, stunning architecture has dazzled tourists for decades. But for travelers tracking their every penny, some might wonder if the 13.5 euros to enter Park Güell’s Monumental Zone is worth it. In short: you’d be a fool to miss out on this mosaic paradise!
The Monumental Zone is full of Instagram-worthy spots. Gaudí’s most-recognizable works, like The Dragon Stairway, El Drac, and the stunning Hypostyle Room are within the Monumental Zone. Don’t be too stingy with your hard-earned euros – get ready to plan a whole day around Park Güell, so you don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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What’s in the Park Güell Monumental Zone?
Park Güell’s Monumental Zone contains some of Antoni Gaudí’s most iconic craftsmanship. Known as ‘God’s architect’, Gaudí channeled the divine into his most recognizable creation.
The Monumental Zone may make up a smaller part of Park Güell, but it contains some of Gaudí’s best work. Since Park Güell is extraordinarily popular, the tourists have contributed to considerable wear and tear over the years. In order to preserve the genius of God’s architect, there is now a small ticket fee to enter the most beautiful parts of Gaudí’s dreamland.
The Park Güell Monumental Zone is comprised of the following:
- The Porter’s Lodge Pavilion is the entranceway to the Monumental Zone and home to two gingerbread-like houses. These buildings primarily function as the visitor center and gift shop.
- The Dragon Stairway is home to El Drac, Park Güell’s most-famous reptilian. Take your time wandering up the grand white staircases and prepare for a selfie with good old El Drac.
- The Hypostyle Room awaits you after your picture with El Drac. This room is full of gorgeous columns, and you may strain your neck after admiring the mosaic ceiling.
- The Greek Theatre, now called Nature Square, is perfect for witnessing stunning views of Barcelona. Anyone in the mood for a sunset? This open-air space allows you to catch your breath while taking in a spectacular view.
- Finally, the Austria Gardens are aptly named due to the generosity of Austria. The Gardens host the only two homes built in the Park, one of which is Gaudí’s House Museum.
Is the Park Güell Monumental Zone worth it?
Is the sky blue? Well in Antoni Gaudí’s reality, the sky is a trillion different colors. Why would you skip out on witnessing this artist’s unbelievable creative genius?
Whether you’re traveling with your children, on a couple’s retreat, or wandering solo, the Monumental Zone can entertain even the surliest of travelers. Some of Gaudí’s most recognizable creations from the list above are all perfect spots to get lost in this dreamy reality. Architecture and environmental enthusiasts will become enraptured by Antoni Gaudí’s handiwork. This vibrant tourist destination will be ingrained in your memory for months upon returning home.
How much does it cost to visit the Park Güell Monumental Zone?
It costs around €13.50 to visit the Monumental Zone. The park fills up very quickly, so it’s best to plan ahead. Purchasing an early timeslot, and arriving at the park early, means fewer strangers in the background of your photos. Plus, who wouldn’t want a little romantic one-on-one time while visiting Nature Square? They let in about 400 people per half-hour time slot, so planning ahead is often key to making sure you get to see this corner of Gaudi’s world. Finally, if you’re considering whether to plan your entire day around this amazing 19-hectare park, the answer is yes.
Do you have to buy separate tickets to visit the Monumental Zone?
You need to buy a separate ticket to visit the Monumental Zone. However, you do not need a ticket to visit the free area of the park. Keep in mind the park is only open to visitors during the hours of 09:30 and 17:30. If you’re visiting during the busy season of May-October, then you may get lost in the crowd. You could explore the free section early in the day to beat the crowd, before making your way into the Monumental Zone.
Did Gaudí live in the house in Park Güell?
Yes, Antoni Gaudí lived in a house in Park Güell. Did you know Park Güell was originally designed for an affluent community full of luxurious homes? Antoni Gaudí was truly ahead of his time, but sadly, the wealthy failed to see his vision. The 60 luxury houses were abandoned in 1906 after Gaudí couldn’t find investors. To tourists’ current benefit, the luxury houses were never made. Only one model house had been built to attract investors. After the housing plans were quashed, Gaudí decided to live next door to his masterpiece and purchased the model house for his residency. The model house was actually designed by Catalan architect, Francesc Berenguer.
Today the nearby area is full of normal, friendly Spaniards. The town had to impose restricted hours on park visitation, including charging an entry fee to the Monumental Zone because of the disruption to the neighborhood’s daily life. Thankfully, tourists can still enjoy Gaudí’s incredible handiwork and its vital preservation. Gaudí’s home opened to the public in 1963 and is known as Gaudí’s House Museum.