Casa Batlló is one of the many architectural highlights at the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, Spain, together with Gaudí’s other masterpiece La Pedrera. It was built in 1877 by the architect Emilio Sala Cortés, but when Josep Batlló y Casanovas bought it in 1903 he wanted to demolish it and built a whole new house at the site.
He contacted Gaudí for the works, but Gaudí convinced Batlló that a renovation of the existing building would suffice. The works took place between 1904 and 1906 and lead to what the locals often call ‘Casa dels Ossos’ or the ‘House of Bones’, due to the bone-like shapes incorporated in the structure.
Walking by on the Passeig de Gràcia this building immediately pops out with its waving, scale-like mosaic facade and a rooftop arched like the back of a dragon. The building has given cause for many interpretations, but it’s often seen as representing a living creature.
To be honest, there’s just so much that can be said about the architecture of Casa Batlló that I won’t make an attempt to give an analysis. Instead I recommend you read this page on the official Casa Batlló website to get a good idea of the mastery behind it.
A tour through Casa Batlló
We arrived at Casa Batlló around noon and luckily the line to get in wasn’t too long. That didn’t reflect the number of people inside, though, as it was really crowded. Something to take into account if you plan on studying the details of the house or if you want to take some photos (mine didn’t turn out great because I constantly had to try to keep other people out of them).
Once we got in, we got an audio guide that told us something about each room of the house and especially about why Gaudí designed everything the way he did.
The explanations are detailed but never boring. The building itself has a hand in that as well, as there are always new things to discover while you’re listening to your guide. Basically the guide takes you from the ground floor through every room all the way to the roof of the building, which is accessible as well.
When we were visiting it was raining, but luckily the roof was open and I had my K-Way to keep me dry.
Then it’s down again to a smaller room with some furniture Gaudí designed and the inevitable gift shop.
I’m really glad we visited Casa Batlló and think it’s a must-do for anyone visiting Barcelona. Even when you’re not that interested in architecture you’ll learn some things that will bedazzle you.
Address: 3A, Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona
Admission: €21,5 for adults, various discounts available
opening hours: All year round 9 am – 9 pm, unless there’s a special event
Where to stay in Barcelona?
If you’re looking for an apartment rather than a hotel, I would recommend checking airbnb. Sign up through my link and get a discount on your first stay!
How to get to Barcelona
We flew from Brussels directly to Barcelona. If you’re traveling within Europe and are nearby, you can also consider taking the train.
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We received two complimentary entrance tickets to Casa Battló from Turisme de Barcelona. I ensure you that this has in no way affected our experience there. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you book a stay through them, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting the site!