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Palau Güell

Palau Güell

The Palau Güell was designed by the young Gaudí and is a wonderful blend of medieval opulence and the architect's unique exuberant style. Completed in 1890, the building was the private residence of Gaudí's patron, Count Güell. The Palau Güell is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The wealthy industrialist, landowner and politician Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi (Barcelona, 1846-1918) was Gaudí's main patron. In 1885, when the architect was still unknown, Count Güell commissioned him to design his private residence. Gaudí was aware that Güell wanted to show off his wealth to his friends and acquaintances (the house was to be used for exhibitions, concerts and other events) and he created an unusual, bold architectural project. He made innovative use of traditional building techniques, as well a wide variety of materials, with particular emphasis on more expensive ones such as marble. Gaudí combined the typical square structure of Catalan medieval palazzos and exquisite wooden coffered ceilings with innovations such as the parabolic arch which became a hallmark of his work. However, Gaudí didn't just create a palazzo, he created a metaphor too, as the building rises up, like Güell, from poor beginnings, represented by the austerity of the basement and ground floor, to wealth, as embodied by the riot of colour on the roof. Indeed, the ground floor, with its simple grey marble, contrasts magically with the interplay of colours and forms of the 20 sculptural chimneys on the roof, which are covered in broken pieces of ceramic tile, marble and stained glass and are the iconic symbols of the Palau Güell.

General details

Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5 (08001). Barcelona
Phone: 934 725 775 / 934 725 771
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Opening time: From 1st November to 31st March, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5.30pm. Last acces time at 4.30 pm.
From 1st April to 31st October, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 8pm. Last acces time at 7 pm.
Closed Mondays except public holidays, December 25th and 26th, January 1st and 6th.

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Accessibility details

The Palau Güell provides special assistance for people with special needs and offers information about any questions concerning their visit. Phone 934 725 775 or 934 725 771.
Visual impairment
Descriptive audioguides available in Spanish and Catalan.

Tactile raised plans and magnifying glasses are available at the entrance counter.
Guide dog Tactile elements Braille Audiodescription Optical aids and large-print
Hearing impairment
Audioguides with subtitles in English, Catalan, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese.

Transcriptions of the audioguide: the text of the audioguide is also available on paper in different languages.

Sign language videoguides are available in Catalan and Spanish.

Sound amplification system
Induction loops are available for hire. They are adapted to the audioguides and guided tour systems. They are available from the audioguide counter.
Induction loop Sign language
Motor impairment
Adapted route
There is an adapted itinerary for visitors with reduced mobility. The roof is not wheelchair accessible. The roof can only be reached by the lift which is too small for a standard wheelchair (door width: 70 cm; interior: 105 cm deep x 83 cm wide). If the visitor’s wheelchair is too big for the lift, the Palau Güell offers a free wheelchair hire service.

For bookings and enquiries, phone 934 725 775 / 771; please specify the date and expected time of your visit.

There are adapted toilets on the ground floor.

Last update: 25/02/2015

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