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Castell de Montjuïc

Spectacular view over Barcelona, the port and the sea

On the 173 metres high mountain of Montjuïc, you have a magnificent view of the sea, the harbor and the city. At the summit the Castell is located, a large fortification built in its present form at the end of the 18th century. Here you can book the Bus Turístic ticket or the ticket for the cable car to Castell (Telefèric).


Convenient Offers for Getting to the Montjuïc

  • Bus Turístic (stops at valley station of Telefèric)
  • Telefèric de Montjuïc (cable car)
Description
  • Bus ticket for one or two consecutive days
  • Ticket valid on all three lines (two in winter)
  • You can get on and off at 45 stops and change busses at will
  • Route plan with the stops
  • German audio commentary and in 15 other languages
  • Each guest receives their own earphones (on the bus)
  • Free WiFi on board
  • Small guide with lots of information (on the bus)
  • Coupons with many discounts (on the bus)
  • Lower deck is wheelchair accessible

Services Telefèric

  • Round-trip ticket (voucher) by cable car Telefèric de Montjuïc to Castell

Audio guide in the following languages

  • German, English, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Norwegian, Turkish, Finnish, Arabic, Hebrew
Times

Castell de Montjuïc

  • 1 November to 31 March: 10:00 to 18:00
  • 1 April to 31 October: 10:00 to 20:00
  • Open from Monday to Friday
  • Closed: Jan. 1 and Dec. 25

Bus Turístic

The exact times can be found on the notice board on the buses. The buses run every 5-25 minutes, depending on the season and occupancy.

  • Summer: 9:00 to 20:00, winter: 9:00 to 19:00
  • Red and blue line all year, from Monday to Sunday
  • Green line from 01.04. until 01.11.
  • No operation on 1 January and 25 December (2-day tickets, which were used for the first time on the 24 or 31 of December, will also be valid on the 26 of December and the 2 of January)

Cable Car Teleféric de Montjuïc

  • January to February: 10:00 to 18:00
  • March to May: 10:00 to 19:00
  • June to September: 10:00 to 21:00
  • October: 10:00 to 19:00
  • November + December: 10:00 to 18:00
  • Closed on 25.12. and 1.1.
  • The cable car can be taken out of service during storms or other bad weather
Booking Information
  • It is very easy to book: select the product on the top right (Ticket Bus Turístic, Telefèric de Montjuïc) and enter the desired number
  • Select the shipping method (mail or voucher by e-mail)
  • Then click on "Add to cart"

Free Time Selection and Validation of the Tickets

  • Full Flexibility: You can decide yourself when you would like to use the tickets in the respective validity year. Our vouchers and tickets are valid for a full calendar year
  • From the first use it is valid for one or two calendar days

Arrival to Telefèric de Montjuïc

  • By Bus Turístic (red line) you reach the lower station of the Telefèric "Parc de Montjuïc" via the bus station "Telefèric de Montjuïc"
  • Here you can download the map (pdf, ca. 2 MB)

Tickets for Pensioners or Persons with Disability

  • Persons older than 65 years and persons with disability with a degree of disability of over 33% receive special rates
  • A valid proof is necessary for the admission to the bus and showing it can be requested at any time
  • Accompanying persons need to buy a regular ticket

Shipping

  • Shipping via mail (4.90 € shipping costs): This allows you to get your tickets for the Bus Turístic and the Telefèric de Monjuïc before you trip. No waiting time to pick it up, no waiting at checkout. You are independent of the opening hours of the issuing offices.
  • Sending by e-mail (free of charge): Immediately after booking, you will receive a voucher that will allow you to pick up your Bus Turístic tickets directly on the bus, airport or several locations in the city area (see below) and your tickets for the Telefèric de Montjuïc at the valley station Parc de Montjuïc. You can redeem the voucher for the Telefèric at the cash register, just show it there.

Issuing Offices

If you receive a voucher by e-mail, you need to pick up the Barcelona Cards and the Bus Turístic tickets at the following pick-up points (tourist information) at the following opening times:

  • In one of the buses (only Bus Turístic Ticket)
  • Barcelona Airport "El Prat de Llobregat", Terminal T1 and T2 (daily from 9 to 20:30)
  • Plaça Catalunya, basement opposite the department store El Cortes Inglés (daily from 08:30 to 20:30)
  • Plaça Sant Jaume / Ciutat, 2 (Mon.-Fri 08:30-20:30, Sat. 9:00-19:00, Sun 9:00 to 14:00)
  • Estació del Nord (buses leave from Girona at this bus station, open October-June 9:00 to 15:00, July-Sept 8:30 to 19:30, March to June and Oct. 09:00 to 15:00, closed November to February)
  • Central Station Sants Estació (daily 08:00 to 20:00)
  • Tourist information closed on 25.12. and 1.1.

You will receive the tickets for the Teleféric de Montjuïc presenting the printed voucher at the ticket office.

 

Cancellation Policy
  • Booking without risk: You can obtain bus tickets and vouchers for the Teleféric de Montjuïc that you have received by mail and that you do not need until 15.01. of the following year, we will refund the full purchase price
  • The booking for delivery by e-mail (voucher) can be canceled up to six weeks after the booking, but no later than 15 January of the following year
  • No cancellation fees

The History of Castell de Montjuïc

For many years it was a military prison symbol of suppression by the Franco regime. In 1960, the Castell de Montjuïc was handed over to the city. Today it houses the Military History Museum and is a popular attraction on the Montjuïc.

The Reaper Revolt (Guerra dels Segadors) 1640 to 1659

The city was dominated militarily from the Montjuïc. That is why in 1640 a medieval fortress was built on the Montjuïc. The occasion for the construction of the castle was the beginning of the Reaper Revolte on Corpus Christi Day (June 7, 1640), in which the viceroy was murdered. The real reason for the revolt of the peasants and harvest workers (Reapers) against the Castilian King Felipe IV was the stationing of Castilian troops and oppressive feudal loads during the Franco-Spanish clashes during the Thirty Years' War. The conflict against the Spanish king continued beyond the end of the Thirty Years' War.

The first, Castell, built in 1640 in only 30 days, was a quadrangular fortification of stones and clay. The fortress was first tested during the Battle of Montjuïc on January 26, 1641, when the Castilian troops were defeated under Fajardo Pedro de Requeséns-Zúñiga y Pimentel, the Marquis of Vélez.

Interesting Facts about Visiting the Castell de Montjuïc

The Catalan General Assembly then elected Louis XIII. from France to the Count of Barcelona and thus the ruler of all of Catalonia. In the Pyrenees peace in 1659 France gave up on Catalonia, Roussillion in today's southern France however fell to France.

In 1694,it became a castle, but the fortress walls were strengthened.

The Castell During the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1714)

On 17 September 1705, the Castell was handed over to Charles Mordaunt, Lord of Peterborough. He commanded the English troops on behalf of Queen Anne. The way was to be paved for the Archduke Karl of Austria on the Spanish throne.

The Castilian king Felipe V. hovewer took the fortress back on 25 April 1706, but lost it again on 12 May of the same year. On September 11, 1714 (now Catalan national holiday), Barcelona and the Castell, some time after the end of the Spanish War of Succession, were occupied by the Bourbons.

Construction and Extension of the Castle to Today's Form

In 1751 the engineer Juan Martín Cermeño had orders to destroy the old fortress of 1640, which stood within the present plant. He rebuilt the complex, the castle was given the present form with a large ditch towards the city and huge zigzag ramparts facing the sea. Also a cistern for the drinking water supply was created. Between 1779 and 1799, the facility was expanded to provide space for the over 3,000 people who lived there. The Castell also received 120 artillery guns.

The Castell de Montjuïc as a Military Prison and Instrument of Oppression

The Napoleonic troops took the Castell without a fight on February 25, 1808. In December 1842, the Spanish regent Joaquín Baldomero Fernández Espartero Álvarez de Toro bombarded the city of Barcelona to quell an uprising against his free trade policy.

On 13 October 1909, the founder of the Escuela Moderna, Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, was executed in the Castell de Montjuïc. He was accused of preparing the assassination of King Alfonso XIII. The reform pedagogical concepts of the modern school, which he founded, were oriented towards anarchism.

In 1919, more than 3,000 workers were imprisoned in the Castell during the so-called Canadenca conflict, a strike that paralyzed all public services.

The Castell de Montjuïc became a symbol of oppression at the time of the Spanish Civil War and the time under Franco. Between 1936 and 1938 alone, 173 people were executed, the president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Lluís Companys, on October 15, 1940 was one of them.

The Castell de Montjuïc Today

Until 1960, the Castell was a military prison, before it was handed over to the city. Parts of it are still used militarily today. As a symbol of oppression, it was only restored to the Olympic Games in 1992 and made widely available to the public.
The ordinance of transfering the Castell to the city was extended in 2007 and on 15 June 2008 the Castell was officially handed over to the city for its new purpose as a cultural site. 40,000 people attended a concert in honor of Lluís Companys and Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia.

Concerts, seminars and exhibitions are regularly held at the Castell today and it is a very popular destination, especially because of its unique views of the city of Barcelona, the sea and the harbor.


Book the Tickets for Bus Turístic here

Here you can book tickets for the Bus Turístic to get to the valley station of the Teflefèric de Montjuïc.
Please, enter the desired number of Bus Turístic Tickets and get the online discount.
1-Day Ticket Bus Turístic 2018 Desired quantity
Adults 30.00 € 28.50€
Children 4-12 years 16.00 € 15.20€
Seniors 65+ or disabled with more than 33% of certified handicap 25.00 € 23.75€
2-Days Ticket Bus Turístic 2018
Adults 40.00 € 38.00€
Children 4-12 years 21.00 € 19.50€
Seniors 65+ or disabled with more than 33% of certified handicap 35.00 € 33.25€
Please select the shipping method:
By e-mail (free shipping)
By post (€4.90 shipping and handling costs)


Important information

Address
Avinguda del Castell
barcelona.de/jump/castell-montjuic

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

Opening times
1 Nov. - 31 Mar.: 10.00 - 19.00
1 Apr. - 31. Oct.: 10.00 - 20.00
Open Monday to Friday
Closed on: 1 Jan. and 25 Dec.

Admission
General €5.00
Reduced: €3.00
Untill 16 years free admission

Tips for the visit of the Castell de Montjuïc

Also without paying admission, you can enjoy the beautiful view over Barcelona, the harbor and the sea: a hiking path leads around the castle and you can then hike downhill to the Font Magica.



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