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The Casa Batlló (also known as House of Bones, Casa dels Ossos) is considered one of Antoni Gaudí's masterpieces and is one of the most famous sights in Barcelona. Originally it was a residential building for the wealthy Josep Batlló family, today you can explore the unique building with an innovative Smart Guide.
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4 tips for visiting the Casa Batlló

The standout Casa Batlló | Photo: Unsplash, Ruggiero Calabrese - CC-BY-SA 2.0
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Buy your ticket onlineRegular tickets (Blue, Silver, and Gold) can be purchased on site at the box office, but they are more cost-effective online. The tickets also have a time slot, which is why an online purchase is suitable to guarantee entry. Please note that tickets for the “Magical Nights” and “Be the First” can only be purchased online and you must redeem your ticket at least 15 minutes after the start of your time slot.
The play of colors on the facade at night | Photo: Unsplash, Igor Ferreira - CC-BY-SA 2.0
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Plan your visit early in the morningCasa Batlló offers the “Be the First” ticket for early morning access with limited visitor capacity. You not only escape the rush of visitors, but the first rays of sunshine have a completely different dynamic on Gaudí's masterpiece that can be captured in a photo. Admission is only at 8:30 and 8:45 am.
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Choose the right ticketThe regular admission tickets to Casa Batlló are divided into Blue, Silver, and Gold. In the most economical category Blue, the descent into the basement of the house, the visit to the Gaudí Cube (360º world), the tour of the Beletage, the attic as well as the roof are included. The mid-priced Silver Package also includes the Gaudí Dome (immersive experience) and a virtual reality tablet. The all-inclusive package is available in the most expensive Gold category, which also includes the Fastpass option, eliminating the need to queue.
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A concert night at Casa BatllóThe “Magical Nights” ticket allows you a nighttime tour of Casa Batlló (Blue, Silver, and Gold Ticket) with a unforgettable concert by the Summer Lovers band following. Admission is already at 20:00, so there is plenty of time to stroll through the building, as the one-hour performance only takes place at 21:00. In addition to jazz, blues, and swing, boogaloo will also be danced and performed.
In the midst of Casa Batlló | Photo: Unsplash, Lucrezia Carnelos - CC-BY-SA 2.0

The artistically staged legend

The unique aesthetic that Antoni Gaudí bestowed upon Casa Batlló shapes the cityscape of Barcelona to this day. Thanks to the deliberate use of stone, glass and ceramics, as well as the depicted Catalan legend, house number 43 became famous and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building can be visited to some extent and is among Barcelona's top attractions.

The Origin

In 1903, Josep Batlló bought the simple house in the prestigious district on the Passeig de Gràcia, although he believed that the house was not worthy of his reputation as a businessman. In order to stand out from the crowd, he wanted to commission an architect to design a new, unique building. A year later, he commissioned the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, who had already built a park, a church, and private houses in Barcelona. He was the one who convinced Josep to keep the basement, ground floor, garden, and four more floors and apply his bold plans to the existing structure.

Gaudi's Masterpiece

Neither Josep nor his wife set limits to Gaudi, allowing him to fully live out his existence as an artist and architect. Although the overall work seems improvised, Gaudi had clear ideas for his avant-garde-modernist masterpiece: It should fulfill functional aspects as well, and the artistic design should not suffer as a result. To be able to move independently in these areas, he created three entrances for the lower part (ground floor, business premises and basement), the main floor (private residence of the bourgeois family) and the rental apartments above. The air circulation was also considered during construction.
The passage to the supply areas | Photo: Unsplash, Burak Aslan - CC-BY-SA 2.0

Impressive Light and Color Play

Throughout the entire house, the colourful, relief-like mosaics combined with Gaudi's light philosophy create a decorative effect. This is particularly noticeable inside. To bring light into the house, the middle of the building was hollowed out and the staircase of the house's residents was staged. Carefully, Gaudí set a special gradient of the mosaic stones here, which, as they move further away from the light source, become brighter, thereby enhancing the effect and making the entire room appear illuminated.
Gaudí didn't stop even at the ceilings | Photo: Unsplash, Laura Seidlitz - CC-BY-SA 2.0

Nature as Inspiration

In the cultural-societal renewal movement of the Catalan Art Nouveau (Modernisme Català) between 1890 and 1910, nature stood at the center of artistic creations, the theory of evolution also causing a stir in the 19th century. It is suspected that Gaudí was inspired by the book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, as well as by his childhood, which he spent much in nature. It seems as if Gaudí tried to create the underwater world, which knows no straight lines, in Casa Batlló. The house is permeated by eddies on the floors and ceilings and natural elements such as the backbone of a sea creature forming the large staircase. There are also no numbers on the doors of the apartments, but letters that were applied with a flourish in gold color.

The Dragon's Ribcage

In the attic, aesthetics and functionality meet, giving the space a very special charm. Originally, the minimalistically designed loft served as a passage to the utility areas of the rental apartments, which included laundry and storage rooms. The room is illuminated solely by the gentle light penetrating into the sixty consecutive barrel vaults, thus creating the effect of a ribcage or spine of a dragon.

The Main Floor

The main floor of the building extends over an area of 700 m² (7534,74 ft²) and formerly served as the private residence of the Batlló family. Among other things, it includes an entrance hall with skylights resembling turtle shells; the entire area recalls an underwater world with arched walls in winding shapes and a spectacular wooden staircase. One arrives at the workroom of Josep Batlló with a mushroom-shaped fireplace. The generous and street-protruding windows of the main room provide a fascinating view of the street Passeig de Gràcia; Gaudí purposefully designed these windows like a grandstand, to see and to be seen. From the dining room, you reach the terrace located at the back of the house, which was exclusively reserved for the family. Gaudí created a small oasis here, intending to protect from the hustle and bustle of the smoking steam locomotives.
On the roof of the house | Photo: Flickr, Antonio Picascia - CC-BY-SA 2.0

The dragon on the roof

It is suspected that Gaudí was inspired by the myth of Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia, for the roof of the house. It is said that he saves the princess with his sword from the fire-spitting dragon. In addition to the side profile of the legendary mythical creature that is created by a large number of diamond-shaped roof tiles in red, blue, and green, the stairwell with the four-rayed cross can also be interpreted as the knight's lance stuck in the animal's shell. Gaudí also adorned the tower with the monograms of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph to express his deep faith. The ceramic bud, which runs towards the cross, broke on the transport route from Mallorca. Although the manufacturer wanted to replace this, Gaudí decided to have the parts put back together, thereby highlighting his Trencadís style again (Trencadís stands for “breaking” in Catalan - a mosaic of different sized fragments of ceramic tiles, marble or glass).
The facade of the Casa Batlló | Photo: Unsplash, Anna Murzilon - CC-BY-SA 2.0

The dazzling facade

Countless plaster fragments with colored glass shards and pieces of ceramic decorate the brightly shining, wavy façade, reminiscent of the glittering water surface of a lake with water lilies. Delicate-looking columns, which from a distance look like bones, but are chiseled from fine stone, form the large, irregular, oval window areas of the bel étage. The facade is therefore often referred to as organic; the building got its name "Casa dels Ossos" or “House of Bones” from this. On closer examination, floral patterns can be seen on the columns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Casa Batlló accessible without barriers?

The building is fully accessible to visitors without barriers. Read more.

Are bags and backpacks allowed during the tour?

The building can be visited with luggage such as bags and backpacks, however, large luggage is not allowed for security reasons. Please note that there is no luggage storage on site, but strollers and wheelchairs can be checked in. Baby carriers can be borrowed on site. Read more.

Is there a souvenir shop?

The Casa Batlló has the Simbòlic shop. Read more.

Is there an audio guide available?

The audio guide is included in all tickets (Blue, Silver, and Gold) and is available in the languages German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Cantonese-Chinese, Korean, Mandarin-Chinese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish. Read more.

Are dogs allowed into the building?

Animals are allowed in the building under the supervision of the owner and need to be authorized by Casa Batlló staff. Read more.

Can you take photos and videos of the Casa Batlló?

For personal purposes, you can take videos and photos without a tripod. Read more.

General information

opening hours

Casa Batlló is open daily, including holidays, from 9:00 to 20:00. The last admission is 45 minutes before closing.

tickets

The regular Blue-Ticket costs 35 €, the Silver-Ticket 43 € and the Gold-Ticket 45 € on site. The purchase of the exclusive “Be the First” ticket is only possible online and costs 45 €. Children under 12 years have free admission, teenagers between 13 and 17 years, students and holders of a disability card receive a discount of 6 € at the cashier. Seniors over 65 are granted a discount of 3 €. Companions of a disabled person receive free admission. Please note that a single rate applies for the “Magical Nights” and therefore free or discounted tickets for children, teenagers, students, etc. cannot be granted. Tickets to the “Magical Nights” can only be purchased online and cost 59 € (blue), 75 € (silver) and 79 € (gold).

address

Casa Batlló
Passeig de Gràcia, 43
08007 Barcelona
Spain

website

Official site: https://www.casabatllo.es/

how to get there

The nearest metro station is Passeig de Gràcia, which is served by lines 2, 3 and 4. Trains from RENFE also stop here. The buses of the lines H10, V15, 7, 22 and 24, as well as Hop-On-Hop-Off buses, also stop near Casa Batlló.

WLAN

Free WLAN access is available throughout the house.

Cloakroom

There is a cloakroom on site where luggage and prams can be stored.

Accessibility

Wheelchairs that fit into the building's elevators can be borrowed if needed. Most areas are wheelchair-friendly, however, the roof can only be visited via a narrow staircase. An elevator is available for changing floors. The audioguide is also available in transcribed form in Catalan, Spanish and English. There are also texts in Braille in Catalan, Spanish and English. Visually impaired people are allowed to bring a companion for free. Animals, including assistance animals, are welcome in Casa Batlló, they just need to be constantly supervised by their owners.
Miriam Dewam
Written byMiriam DewamMiriam is keen on traveling and has a passion for photography, which she can enhance through her cross-media studies. She uses her knowledge as well as first hand experience from diverse travels to help other travellers as a content creator at TicketLens.
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