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Discover Gaudí's work in the Gaudí Exhibition Center

One of the great attractions of Barcelona is undoubtedly Antoni Gaudí and his architecture. Everyone visiting the city does not leave (or should not leave) without having visited at least the Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera. But beyond the emblematic buildings, in Barcelona there is a museum that deepens in the figure of the Catalan architect and his work, the Gaudí Exhibition Center.

Gaudí Exhibition Center

Gaudí Exhibition Center: art and genius of Antoni Gaudí

Gaudí museum

Near the cathedral of Barcelona, on the avenue of the Cathedral, we find the Gaudí Exhibition Center. In this museum there is a collection of unique pieces and objects created by the most international Catalan architect, as well as documents that tell us about his life and his work. For more than a century, research has been carried out around Antoni Gaudí around the world to understand the genius of his work. The studies speak of its revolutionary method of work, and this museum in Barcelona shows the results of years of research related to the extraordinary pieces of the architect.

The museum's objective of the Gaudí Exhibition Center is to value Gaudí's work and make it known. Although the most emblematic works of the architect are the great buildings such as the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Batlló or the Casa Milà, Gaudí also designed furniture and craftsmanship. All his legacy is exposed to the museum, where visitors will learn the revolutionary ideas of the artist and the unconventional methods that made him a genius.

The Gaudí Exhibition Center in a special building

Gaudí architecture

The Gaudí Exhibition Center is located in a privileged place in Barcelona, just next to the Cathedral, one of the most visited places for tourists. The building was the seat of a charitable institution called Pia Almoina, which hosted the poor and the pilgrims. Initially, in the 12th century, this institution was located in the cloister of the cathedral of Barcelona and was there until the fifteenth century. But in 1423 the building was built that is currently on top of a part of the Roman walls of Barcelona. The building, which has undergone renovations and constructions over the years, has a Gothic and a Renaissance part, and you can still see fragments of other eras such as a tower of the wall of the 4th century or a capital pre-Romanesque.

The long history of the building is another reason to visit the Gaudí Exhibition Center, as all kinds of events have survived to this day, which has become the site of the most complete museum on Antoni Gaudí.

And if you haven’t enough with visiting Gaudí's work in this museum in Barcelona, you can visit its iconic buildings with our e-bike tour that tracks the works of the Catalan architect that you can not miss.

The most original museum of Barcelona: Wax Museum

Barcelona is full of museums and exhibitions of all kinds, for all tastes and all the arts. But there is one that stands out because of its originality and its peculiar content: the Wax Museum. If you are in Barcelona it's a visit you can not miss.

Wax Museum Barcelona

HisTory, art, music, literature… All made of wax

The building of the museum was built in 1867 to be the seat of the Bank of Barcelona. It is a neoclassical style building, a 19th century palace with artistic and cultural interest. Later, in 1973, the architect Enrique Alarcón took over the building to make the Wax Museum, as it seemed to him a building with the charm and mystery that an exhibition of these characteristics deserved.

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Before entering the exhibition of this museum in Barcelona, however, the building receives us with an honor stair made of marble. It is covered with a red carpet and turns the hall into a very elegant place and a nice way to start the visit.

The wax figures that you will find recreate historical figures, from the world of music, cinema, art, literature, fantasy... For example, you will find renowned painters, famous writers, filmmakers and famous actors, and also kings, emperors and thinkers of different eras, consecrated musicians, and even serial killers.

To give an example of historical figures, the Wax Museum has the figures of Cleopatra, Marc Antoni, Ramon Llull, Henry VIII or Guifré el Pilós. There are also other more contemporary ones such as Dalí, Pau Casals, Pablo Picasso, Charlie Rivel, or also Lady Di, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, or Michael Jackson.

And if you are bold you will get out of the passage of terror at the Wax Museum, where all sorts of terrible characters await you. This museum in Barcelona is one of the most emblematic places in the city, and you can buy tickets at a very original box office you will find in La Rambla.

A secret bar in the middle of the forest

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And once the extensive visit to the Barcelona Wax Museum has finished, you can not leave without going through the Bosc de les Fades (Forest of the Fairies), a bar that you will find in an alley on the left leaving the museum. Entering this bar is like doing it in a fantasy forest. The decoration recreates leafy trees, fairies, goblins and all kinds of magical creatures surrounded by a mysterious atmosphere with hidden corners with fountains and waterfalls. Enter a drink and play to be children again discovering everything that hides this bar so special. This is the best way to conclude the adventure you have started at the Wax Museum, and it will be an extraordinary memory that will take you from your visit to Barcelona.

Fun for all family at the Amusement Park of Tibidabo

There is a place in Barcelona where fun is guaranteed not only for children but also for adults. It is the Tibidabo Amusement Park, the oldest in Catalonia, a park with a long history behind it, located in a privileged location, the highest summit of Collserola mountain.

Tibidabo: an amusement park with history

Tibidabo was opened in October 1901, and the attractions that were then were small diversions such as telescopes and binoculars, bowling games, a mirror room and acts of all kinds. But during the first decade much more exciting attractions such as the electric Carrosuel or the Aerial Railway arrive, and this way the Tibidabo of Barcelona takes the form of a true amusement park.

From then on, great attractions began to be installed, and the first was the Talaia, a metal structure with a basket that was 50 meters high. Without a doubt, it was a claim for the public, who considered the park as an essential attraction of Barcelona. Soon the Airplane arrived, that with time has become the emblem of the park. It was a replica of the plane that made the first Barcelona-Madrid flight, and today, with a restored version of the old plane, it is still one of the most famous attractions. Since then, Tibidabo has not stopped growing until it becomes a benchmark in Barcelona.

Tibidabo amusement park

Attractions of Tibidabo Amusement Park

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Over the years, the Amusement Park of Tibidabo has continued to be renewed and improved to offer a fun offer for all audiences. Thus, at the end of the 60s, a roller coaster was installed, which was essential in any amusement park. In the 80's the park made a huge qualitative leap with the modernization of the facilities and the incorporation of many new attractions. But apart from attractions there is also space for other activities such as the Museum of Automaton, shows such as the terrifying Krüeger Hotel, restaurants, areas with attractions designed only for children and spaces to enjoy spectacular views of Barcelona.

In addition, the surroundings of Tibidabo are also of interest to visit. One of the places you can not miss is the Temple of the Sacred Heart, a neo-Gothic monumental building from which you can see the whole city and the amusement park. You can also take a walk through the gardens of Can Borni, some old nurseries with plants from around the world. And if you are in Barcelona for a few days, you can stay at the hotel La Florida, a luxury hotel with privileged views over the city.

Get to Tibidabo in a funny way

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Getting to the top of the Tibidabo Amusement Park is not easy, but the best option is to get there by public transport and end up with the mythical Funicular of Tibidabo. It began operating in 1901, and it was considered the first attraction of the park. Since then, when it was still wood and had a capacity of 80 passengers, it has been remodeling to this day, which is already a modern funicular and with much more capacity. The ascent allows you to enjoy good views of Barcelona during a 1130-meter-long.

 

Gardens of Barcelona: a breath in the middle of the city


A walk through the garden

Barcelona is a city full of places to discover, such as its gardens. The gardens of Barcelona are ideal places to take a walk and to disconnect from the frantic rhythm of the city. There are many, all different and unique, distributed throughout the city. Surely the best known and touristy is Park Güell because of its relationship with Gaudí, but there are many other gardens worth knowing because of its beauty and originality.

Another Gaudí work: Park Güell

Parc Güell, located at El Turó del Carmel, is a large garden with more than 100 years of history since it was built between 1900 and 1914, and it was opened in 1926. The park, which was first conceived as a great luxury urbanization, was commissioned by Eusebi Güell to Antoni Gaudí, who had already done other assignments, that is why the architecture of Parc Güell is completely modernist. The entrance to the park is sure to be the most emblematic space because the salmandra made of trencadís in the middle of the large stairway. The stairs lead to the Hypostyle Hall, a columned forest with the roof decorated with trencadís panels made by Josep M. Jujol. He himself decorated the railing of the Nature Square, one of the busiest points in the park and from which you can see magnificent views of Barcelona. One of the places worth visiting if you are at the Parc Güell is the Casa del Guarda. Initially it was the house of the porter of the enclosure, but now it is part of MUHBA (Museum of History of Barcelona) and you can see the exhibition «Güell, Gaudí and Barcelona. Expression of an urban ideal».

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Get lost in the Horta Labyrinth

If we talk about the gardens of Barcelona, we can not forget the oldest one that is conserved in the city: the Horta Labyrinth. Located in the district of Horta-Guinardó, it was the work of the italian architect Domenico Bagutti. This park includes a 18th century neoclassical garden and a romantic 19th century garden. Inside the neoclassical garden is where the labyrinth is named after the park, and in the middle there is a sculpture of Eros surrounded by cypress trees. The theme of this part of the garden revolves around love, and you can stroll among italian style temples, sculptures and inscriptions inspired by classical mythology, and neoclassical style ponds.

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The other part of the garden of the Horta Labyrinth in Barcelona, the romantic garden, on the contrary that the other, is inspired by death, and there was even a replica of a medieval cemetery, which today is no longer keep it. In fact, there is little thing about the original design of this part, but you can still walk between fountains, waterfalls and parterres in a particularly shady area. The combination of the two environments makes the Horta Labyrinth one of the most interesting gardens in Barcelona to visit.

The largest garden in Barcelona: Ciutadella Park

One of the indispensable gardens of Barcelona is the Ciutadella Park. Located in the ancient lands of the fortress of Ciutadella, between the Estació de França, the Arc de Triomf and the Olympic Village, it is one of the largest parks in the city. This park houses the building of the Parliament of Catalonia and also the Barcelona Zoo, as well as the Geology Museum and the Zoology Museum. One of the main attractions of this park, as well as the ideal landscaped areas to stroll, is the great lake where you can browse with oar boats. There is also a monumental waterfall designed by Josep Fonserè and in front there is a musical gazebo. Throughout this Barcelona garden there are sculptures and statues that make it an open-air museum. One of the most emblematic is the Desconsol, by the sculptor Josep Llimona. The diversity of spaces in the Parc de la Ciutadella is perfect for doing all kinds of social and cultural activities.

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Moorish inspiration: Laribal Gardens

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On the Montjuïc mountain we find another of the most impressive gardens in Barcelona. Constructed between 1917 and 1924 on the occasion of the International Exhibition of Barcelona in 1929, Laribal Gardens are the work of Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier and Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí. These gardens have a unique structure since they are formed by terraces at various levels joined by steps and paths. The inspiration for these gardens is hispanoarabic, and brick, stone, fountains, tile ornaments and flowers are elements that stand out in the entire park. In the gardens of Laribal, there is the famous fountain Font del Gat, from where the water comes from the head of a feline, designed by the sculptor Josep Antoni Homs, and other sculptures that give it an artistic touch as well as a landscape. Within these gardens, the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona is located.

Visiting all these gardens in Barcelona can not only be an activity of leisure and relaxation, but we can turn it into a cultural activity to know the fauna and flora typical of Catalonia. Book any of our e-bike tours to visit these and other places in Barcelona that you can not miss!