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Many buildings in Barcelona are unique sights

In Barcelona you will find buildings spanning all eras of the city’s 2000 years old history: The oldest date back to the time of the Romans, there are buildings from the Gothic period, the Catalan art nouveau (el Modernisme) and imposing modern buildings.
Many of them are famous landmarks and real tourist attractions. Some of them made Catalonian architects famous far beyond the Spanish borders.

In the modern era, especially the Olympic Games in 1992 led to the construction of many modern and beautiful buildings. The city managed to liberate itself from the dreariness of the Franco era and continue with its tradition of creativity, known from the Modernisme, blended with modern styles. Some of the buildings are quite disputed – but that makes the charm of it.

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Basilica Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's life work

The basilica Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia ist the most popular and certainly one of the most imposing landmarks of the city of Barcelona. The church is the life’s work of the famous architect Antoní Gaudí. From 1883 until his death, he directed the still ongoing construction that is based entirely on donations and entrance fees. It shall be completed in 2026.

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Address: Mallorca, 401
Metro: Sagrada Familia (L2, L5)  
Bus Turístic: Sagrada Familia

Camp Nou, stadium of FC Barcelona

Camp Nou, stadium of FC Barcelona

Camp Nou is the stadium of the FC Barcelona. Offering seats for 98,000 visitors, it is the largest football stadium in Europe.

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Address: Carrer Aristides Maillol
Metro: Les Corts (L3), Collblanc (L5)  
Bus Turístic: Futbol Club Barcelona

Casa Milà (La Pedrera), quarry house has no right angles

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Anyone who will see it will be fascinated by the Casa Milà. It is dubbed „La Pedrera“ (quarry) - a look at its façade explains why. The term La Pedrera means stone pit, of which the facade is reminiscent.

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Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 92
Phone: +34 902 202 138  
Metro: Diagonal (L3, L5)  
Bus Turístic: Pg. de Gràcia-La Pedrera

Casa Batlló, Gaudí embodies this structure with the legend of St. George

Casa Batlló

The roof of the Casa Batlló is arched like the back of a dragon. With the building, Gaudí represented the legend of St. George. It is one if the most beautiful and curious symbols of the Catalan art nouveau. Large parts of the interior and the roof of the interesting house can be visited when it reopens after the ongoing restoration.

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Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Phone: +34 932 160 306  
Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (L2, L3, L4)  
Bus Turístic: Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies

The cathedral La Seu of Barcelona, one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Barcelona

The cathedral (La Seu)

The Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia is in the middle of the Gothic Quarter. Its magnificent gothic interior has an extraordinarily pretty cloister. Especially on hot summer days it is a pleasantly cool retreat. From within the church, you can hear the cackling of the geese that live in the cloister’s garden.

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Address: Plaça de la Seu, 7
Phone: +34 933 107 195  
Metro: Jaume I. (L4)  
Bus Turístic: Barri Gòtic

Santa Maria del Mar, the most beautiful gothic church in Barcelona

Santa Maria del Mar

Visiting the Santa Maria del Mar is a must when you are in Barcelona. The gothic church is one of the city’s landmarks. It was built in only 55 years, so it is purely gothic and not a blend of different architectural styles.

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Address: Pl. Santa Maria del Mar
Metro: Jaume I. (L4)  
Bus Turístic: Pla de Palau

The monastery of Pedralbes

Monestir de Pedralbes - Monastery of Pedralbes

The Monastery of Pedralbes is one of the prettiest examples of Catalan gothic in Barcelona. It was built in the early 14th century and shows the everyday life of nuns. Religious art from the 14th to the 20th century is displayed in the monastery museum. The pretty gardens are a nice place to relax and stay a little while.

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Address: Baixada del Monestir, 9
Phone: +34 932 563 434  
Metro: Reina Elisenda (FGC L6)  
Bus: 22, 63, 64, 75, 78  Bus Turístic: Monestir de Pedralbes

Castell de Montjuïc, gigantic view over Barcelona

Castell de Montjuïc

The Castell de Montjuïc houses the military museum and offers an astonishing view over the city. At the foot of the rocky hill, there are many attractions such as the Poble Espanyol, an amusement park, the MNAC and parks.

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Address: Avinguda del Castell
Metro: Paral·lel, Funicular (L2, L3)  
Bus Turístic: Télefèric de Montjuïc, weiter mit der Seilbahn

Palau Güell, an early work of the architect Gaudí

Palau Güell

The Palau Güell is one of Antoni Gaudí’s early masterpieces. Parts of it remind of a Venetian palace. It is in the district of Raval, just a few steps off the Ramblas.

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Address: Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
Phone: +34 933 179 974  
Metro: Liceu (L3)  
Bus Turístic: Colom - Museu Marítim

Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, beautiful buildings will help in recovery

Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau

As a tourist you enjoy looking at the Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau and as a patient the building serves its purpose: allowing the sick to recover and creating a pleasant atmosphere.

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Address: Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
Phone: +34 932 562 504  
Metro: Metro: L5 Sant Pau – Dos de Maig, (L4) Guinardó  
Bus Turístic: Sagrada Familia

Palau de la Música Catalana, on the List of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

Palau de la Música Catalana

The impressive concert hall Palau de la Música Catalana is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is a splendid example of Catalan art nouveau (Modernisme).

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Address: Palau de la Música, 4-6
Phone: +34 902 475 485  
Metro: Urquinaona (L1, L4)  
Bus Turístic: Barri Gòtic

Torre de Bellesguard - Gaudis early work

Torre de Bellesguard

Here you will get a tour to one of Gaudi's early works. The Torre de Bellesguard is a hommage from Gaudí to the catalonian medieval times. It is a structure that can be visited off the usual touristic paths. The sightseeing is a must for all Gaudí enthusiasts.

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Opera house Gran Teatre del Liceu

The opera house Gran Teatre del Liceu

The Gran Teatre del Liceu is one of the most important opera houses in Europe and one of the most beautiful attractions of Barcelona. The greatest singers of the last two decades performed the most important classic oeuvres at this opera. Performers like Domingo, Pavarotti, Caballé, Callas or Tebaldi will always have a special place in the hearts of the audience.

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Address: La Rambla, 51-59
Phone: +34 934 859 914  
Metro: Liceu (L3)  
Bus Turístic: Colom - Museu Marítim

Barcelona's new shopping centre Las Arenas

Shopping Centre Las Arenas

Barcelona won a new attraction with the opening of the shopping centre "Las Arenas". There are six floors with different shops, a fitness centre, a cinema, a museum and several bars and restaurants. The facade of the former bull ring was restored.

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Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385
Metro: Plaça Espanya (L1, L3)  
Bus Turístic: Plaça Espanya

Pavilion Mies van der Rohe

The German pavilion of the World Exhibition in 1929 was built by Mies van der Rohe. The cofounder of the modern architecture used an architectural style that is often found in today’s modern architecture: a free and open layout. The Barcelona chair is a landmark of modern design. Mies van der Rohe had created it for the royal couple just for the inauguration of the exhibition. Today it is a classic and imitations can be found in many waiting rooms.

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Address: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7
Phone: +34 934 234 016  
Metro: Espanya (L1, L3), Espanya (FGC L93, 933, 94, R5, R6)  
Bus Turístic: CaixaForum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe

Columbus monument in Barcelona

Columbus monument in Barcelona

The 60 m tall Columbus Monument is not a must for tourists, but has interesting views over the port and the old town of Barcelona.

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Address: Plaça del Portal de la Pau
Metro: Drassanes (L3)  
Bus Turístic: Colom - Museu Marítim

Torre Agbar, newest and (still) highest attraction in Barcelona

Torre Agbar

The 142 m tall office tower is Barcelona’s latest attraction. Depending on the incidence of light, it shimmers in all different colours; at night it is even illuminated.

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Address: Plaça de les Glòries
Metro: Glòries (L1) /Tram Glòries (T5)  

Arc de Triomf and Passeig de Picasso

Arc de Triomf

The Arc de Triomf served as the entrance to the World Exhibition in 1888. A car-free street leads from here to the Parc de la Ciutadella.

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Address: Passeig Lluís Companys
Metro: Arc de Triomf (L1, L5)  

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