Casa Batlló - the most important information
Another Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece that adornes Barcelona’s streets should be on your list. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Casa Batlló is a prime example of Catalan modernism. Organize a tour through its halls, mesmerizing installations and mosaics. Here’s what you should know before visiting.
About Casa Batlló
The original building on this site came to be thanks to Barcelona’s urban building plan. Shortly after, the neighborhood became a favorite amongst the elite families who decided to relocate to this part of town. Building itself was constructed in 1877 by Antoni Gaudi’s professor, Emilio Sala Cortés. In the beginning of the 20th century it was bought by Mr Josep Batlló y Casanovas, who was a leading businessman of his time. His idea was to completely demolish the house and get Antoni Gaudi to build a new one. But, Gaudi saw potential in it and the rest is history. It has been in the hands of the Bernat family since the 90s, who have decided to restore it and open it to the public for tourism and event organization purposes. But, did you know:
- It has a unique ventilation system, designed by Gaudi himself. It consists of additional manual openings under the windows that make it easier to regulate the amount of circulating air without having to open the windows.
- Gaudi’s obsession with nature can be seen throughout the Casa Batlló’s design. From the wavy facade that represents the uncalm sea, Mediterranean sea inspired features to terraces that, to some, look like skulls or turtles.
- It has many nicknames, House of Bones and House of the Dragon are the most popular ones, all based on it’s design, shape and structure.
What to see and do at Casa Batlló?
There’s a lot to explore, from stunning architecture and interior design, to immersive experiences. Audio guide paired with an interesting soundtrack tells the story of Casa Batlló in a unique way. Some of the spots you ought to visit are:
- Facade: Colorful mosaic composed of sustainable and recycled glass and ceramics paints a picture of Gaudi’s creative mind
- Noble floor: Covering 700 square meters, this former Batllo residence has a lot to offer. Wooden staircase and doors, mushroom-shaped fireplace and huge windows looking onto Passeig de Gràcia are just the start
- Gaudi Dome and Cube: Artists Miguel Alonso and Refik Anadol managed to capture Gaudi’s artistic mind with their installations. Rotating platform in the Dome let’s you experience an abundance of screens and projects showcasing Gaudi’s work, and the six-sided LED cube is the first of its kind in the world.
- Roof terrace: Decorated with 4 chimney stacks, 330 ceramic discs and 600 tiles, this rooftop was made to represent a dragon; enjoy the colorful designs, none of which were made using straight lines, and the gorgeous panoramic views of Barcelona.
Tickets and opening hours
- Visitation: Casa Batlló is open for tourists throughout the week from 9 am, it stays open until 6:30 pm from Tuesday to Thursday, and closes at 8 pm from Friday to Monday. You should set aside an hour or so for your visit, and we recommend you to go before 11 am or after 3 pm to avoid the biggest crowds.
- Tickets: General visit to Casa Batlló will cost you 35€, this tour lasts a little over an hour and walks you through the most important parts of the site; it should definitely be bought online, as you have to pay 4€ more at the box office. There is also a “be the first visit” ticket for all you morning people, as it’s admission is between 8:30 and 8:45 am. This tour lets you explore and enjoy the sights in peace, without a lot of people around you.
Check out Casa Batlló official website
to learn more about special discount ticket prices. How to get to Casa Batlló?
Location of Casa Batlló is one of the best things about this attraction. It is located in the charming avenue Passeig de Gràcia, close to its relative building Casa Milà. Surrounded by bus, train and metro stations, it is easy to reach.
- By metro: Closest station to Casa Batlló is Passeig de Gràcia following the lines L2, L3 or L4.
- By train: Take FGC train to Provença station or RENFE train to Passeig de Gràcia.
- By bus: Closest bus stops to Casa Batlló are Passeig de Gràcia and Aragó stop, and you can take the lines 7, 22, 24, H10 or V15; Another great way to reach it is by a popular tourist Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, just take Red or Blue line.