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).
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.
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:
You will receive the tickets for the Teleféric de Montjuïc presenting the printed voucher at the ticket office.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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Avinguda del Castell
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.
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.