Casa Batlló: Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical and enigmatic masterpiece

Pauline
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Article updated 8 November, 2018. 0 comments

Casa Batlló is a fantasy universe in its own right, a work of architectural genius, a hymn to nature and a fabulous dreamscape. Join us in falling under its magical charm!

Casa Batlló at night
Where?

Eixample
metro: Passeig de Gràcia (L2 L3 L4)
Passeig de Gràcia 43

When?

9am - 9pm
Every day

How much?

24.5 euros

Why?

for its originality

Casa Batlló is an incredible, unique residence of over 5,000 m2, created by Gaudí between 1904 and 1906.

Open to the public since 2002, Casa Batlló received the prestigious Europa Nostra Prize for architectural heritage conservation in 2004.

A modernist setting

Casa Battló forms part of the Manzana de la Discordia, between Carrer Aragó and Carrer Consell de Cent. Several architects created buildings in this area during the same period, leading to some fierce competition – hence the name, meaning “the block of discord”.

Hint: make sure you take a look at the other houses on the block – there are some real gems to be seen!

 

Casa Batlló: the façade

Dream or reality?

Set in a prime location in the middle of the Passeig de Gràcia, the building’s exterior is both fascinating and intriguing.

Ceiling Casa Batlló

Nothing was left to chance here. During construction, Gaudí himself supervised the workforce from the street, telling them exactly where to place each different element to create the right distribution of materials and colours.

A façade packed with symbolism

The exact theme of the façade remains a mystery, but it was clearly inspired by the natural world, and more specifically by marine life.

For starters, the balconies can be seen as masks, skulls or open mouths. Some people have even referred to Casa Batlló as “the yawning house”.

Staircase Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló: interiors

A spectacular under-sea world

The interiors at Casa Batlló live up to the promises of the façade, expressing the full scope of Gaudí’s imagination.

The only “straight” things in the house are the floors. Everything else is curved, wavy like the sea. The result is extremely impressive.

The walls are painted to look like fish scales, and the stained-glass windows are decorated with bubbles.

Gaudí House, first floor

Several different areas of the house are open to visitors.

The main reception rooms are on the first floor, and feature a superb panoramic veranda overlooking the street, alongside a number of other unfurnished rooms.

glasswork Casa Batlló

The light well

From the central staircase, you can see that the windows and the colour of the mosaics change on each floor: the windows get smaller as you go higher, and the blue gets darker. This means that the lighting is completely balanced when the sun is right overhead.

Blue patio Casa Batlló

The attics

The former laundry rooms at the top of the house are completely white, very different in style to the rest of the house, but are still unmistakably Gaudí, with a series of curved arches and unusual light effects.

arches Casa Batlló

The roof terrace

“Classic” Gaudí, the roof terrace features several chimneys decorated with coloured ceramic fragments. The roof also offers fantastic views of the upper sections of the façade.

Chimneys Casa Batlló

Christmas at Casa Batlló

From 19th December – 9th January, experience the magic of Christmas at Casa Batlló! Visual effects are used to create an impression of snow covering the façade, along with certain areas inside the building. Some of the money raised through ticket sales during this period goes to Aldeas Infantiles SOS Catalogne, a charity helping children from poor backgrounds. A great initiative to spread some Christmas spirit!

Useful information

Opening times of the Gaudí museum

  • Casa Batlló is open 365 days a year.
  • The house opens at 9am and closes at 9pm (last tickets sold at 8pm). In exceptional circumstances, the house may occasionally close at 2pm.

patio Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló tickets

  • Entry to Casa Batlló costs around 24.5 euros. Not cheap, but the building receives no government funding, so all of its costs have to be covered by ticket sales.
  • An audio-guide, available in English, is included in the ticket price.
  • Short on time, money, or both? We recommend this virtual tour, which gets you a good impression of the interiors without having to pay a cent.
  • Reductions are available for students, over-65s and children aged 7-18. A valid ID card or student card (with photo) may be requested on entry. Entrance is free for under-7s.
  • Tickets bought online can be presented using your smartphone.
  • Holders of Tour Bus tickets, the Barcelona Card, Barcelona Pass, Barcelona City Tours, Barcelona Walking Tours, Ruta del Modernisme or Minicards tickets also get money off.
  • The audio-guide is included in the price.

When to visit Casa Batlló

  • Casa Batlló gets very busy, and there can be a long queue to get in. Buy your tickets in advance onine to avoid the wait.
  • You may still have a short wait if a lot of people show up with pre-booked tickets at the same time. We recommend visiting Casa Batlló early in the day, around 9am. Visitor numbers tend to increase as the day goes on.

Access

  • Casa Batlló is fully accessible for wheelchair users. The lift isn’t very big, so if your own chair doesn’t fit, staff will lend you one of the right size.
  • Casa Batlló is located near the Passeig de Gràcia metro station (L2, L3, L4).
  • Buses 7, 16, 17, 22, 24 and 28 also stop nearby.

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Pauline

Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?