Gaudí’s Casa Batlló is hard to miss when you are in Barcelona. It’s right on the busy Passeig de Gracia and its fantastic exterior draws crowds of onlookers at every time of the day. It’s tempting to visit the inside but the 21.50 € price tag is heavy enough to wonder if it is really worth it.
We did venture inside and made this the one expensive sight we saw during our last visit in Barcelona.
The house was once the representative city house of a rich family and is still privately owned. Visitors have access to two of the lower floors, the staircase, the attic, to the terraces at the back and on the rooftop and to a tacky souvenir shop. The audio guide is included in the admission. It is played from a smart phone that is also equipped with an enhaced reality app that visualizes the type of furniture that was once in the house.
I was impressed with the level of attention that Gaudí gave to every detail in the house. There was not to a single handrail, a single windowsill or doorknob that was not designed with great care. Among other sources, he draw inspiration from water and the house features many soft, undulating curves.
We visited one other of Gaudí’s masterpieces before; the Sagrada Familia. If you have to decide between the two, I would recommend to see the interior of the even more impressive church. But if you have admired the Sagrada Familia already (and if the 21.50 € do not exceed your daily budget by too much), it is worth to see Casa Battló for a different perspective on Gaudí’s work.
In summer, you are probably well-advised to buy your tickets in advance. We visited in November and didn’t have to wait in line very long. The crowds in front of the house almost scared us away but it was not excessively full inside. The only nuisances were the incredibly tacky souvenir shop and the audio guide’s repeated invitation to visit that shop.
If you cannot or do not want to visit yourself, you may enjoy the gallery below.