Colonia Guell was a pioneeering idea by industrialist Eusebi Guell to improve the quality of life for his workers and their families. Driven by the unrest sweeping through the industrial heart of Barcelona, Guell decided to move his entire operation out of the city.
The concept was to create an ‘industrial village’, centred around the mill, with lots of amenities for his employees and their families. He brought in some of the leading ‘modernista’ architects and set about bringing his idea to life.
The result is staggering and to the workers of the time it must have seemed like another world compared to the slums of the city they were used to. Terraced houses, a theatre, a school, shops, gardens and a Gaudi designed and built church.
Gaudi was heavily influenced by nature and coming out here you can finally experience one of his buildings in its original setting, not swallowed up by urbanisation
Of course the ‘Gaudi Crypt’ is the main draw today, but strolling around the site you can enjoy more than 20 unique buildings in the ‘modernise’ style.
Grab the train to get there, Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) from Plaza España , Lines S33, S8 and S4. Trains every 15 minutes. Station Colonia Güell (Outside the station, cross the road and follow the BLUE footprints to the visitor centre) and plan plenty of time, there really is so much more to see than just the Crypt, amazing as it is.
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General Ticket – Adults 7€ – Students & OAP 5€
General Ticket + Audio Guide – Adults 9€ – Students & OAP 7€
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Nov 1st to April 30th
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May 1st to October 31st
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