March 26, 2017

Barcelona

Being honest: I did not become the biggest fan of BCN. I liked the trip, there are a lot of great things to see, but somehow the city itself did not amaze me as much as Prague, Rome, or Paris did/does. Maybe because most parts of the city are so narrow and so unstructured? Or because I had none of these amazing moments when you stand in front of a truely iconic monument like the Colosseum for the first time? Honestly I can't tell.

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As always, some things I learned during the trip (aka Hitchholger's guide to Barcelona):

  • Plan ahead and buy tickets for the major sights like Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell from home. In both cases they only sell a fixed number of tickets per half hour - which is actually a very good thing. The same seems to be true for the Gaudí houses and also less known sights like the Palau de la Música Catalana.
  • Maybe it is again just me: the Gaudí houses didn't give me so much; neither from the inside nor from the outside. It is maybe a good idea to visit one, but just one is enough ;-) I personally liked the Palau de la Música Catalana (which was built by a guy named Montaner) much better than Gaudís Casa Batlló or Casa Milà.
  • There are lots of restaurants around and south of Plaça Reial. Stay away of restaurants located at La Rambla.
  • A very decent and inexpensive Hotel close to many sights and a metro station is “Hotel Andante”.
  • From our guidebook you could get the impression that Barca is a huge crimezone: pick-pockets, drugs, gambling… I did not have the impression that Barcelona is any worse than other big towns. Don't panic.

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Jardins de Walter BenjaminMuseu Marítim de BarcelonaDrassanes Reials de BarcelonaIctíneo IHafenseilbahn Barcelona

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Museu Marítim de BarcelonaDrassanes Reials de BarcelonaIctíneo IJardins de Walter BenjaminHafenseilbahn Barcelona

Plaça Reial: Besides being on of the nicest places of Barcelona, you can find a lot of nice restaurants here and in the small streets around this place. I liked “Grill Room” and “La Fonda”.

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Plaça ReialHerboristeria del ReiGran Teatre del LiceuLa Rambla (Barcelona)Palau Güell

Barcelona Cathedral: There are no admission costs for the cathedral if you come before noon.

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Erzbistum BarcelonaKathedrale von BarcelonaHistorisches Museum der Stadt BarcelonaPlaça del ReiBarri Gòtic

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Erzbistum BarcelonaHistorisches Museum der Stadt BarcelonaPlaça del ReiKathedrale von BarcelonaBarri Gòtic

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Erzbistum BarcelonaHistorisches Museum der Stadt BarcelonaPlaça del ReiKathedrale von BarcelonaBarri Gòtic

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Erzbistum BarcelonaHistorisches Museum der Stadt BarcelonaPlaça del ReiKathedrale von BarcelonaBarri Gòtic

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Kathedrale von BarcelonaErzbistum BarcelonaPlaça del ReiHistorisches Museum der Stadt BarcelonaEls Quatre Gats

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Mercat de la BoqueriaBethlehem-Kirche (Barcelona)El RavalMuseu d’Art Contemporani de BarcelonaBarcelona

The Mercat de la Boqueria is a tourist hotspot and very crammed. Nevertheless it is worth visiting. However, there are other markets that are less known and less crowded.

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Mercat de la BoqueriaCiutat VellaBethlehem-Kirche (Barcelona)La Rambla (Barcelona)Gran Teatre del Liceu

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Mercat de la BoqueriaCiutat VellaBethlehem-Kirche (Barcelona)La Rambla (Barcelona)Gran Teatre del Liceu

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Bahnhof Barcelona-CatalunyaPlaça de CatalunyaMetrolinie 6 (Barcelona)Metrolinie 3 (Barcelona)Metrolinie 1 (Barcelona)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Passeig de GràciaCasa MilàFundació SuñolMetrolinie 5 (Barcelona)Institut Ramon Llull

The Parque Güell has two zones: one that can be visited without a ticket and the “inner sanctum” which costs some Euros. Here only pictures from the public area as we didn't get tickets for the inside:

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Park GüellCasa-Museu GaudíMetrolinie 9 (Barcelona)Castellers de la Vila de GràciaCasa Vicens

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Park GüellCasa-Museu GaudíMetrolinie 9 (Barcelona)Castellers de la Vila de GràciaCasa Vicens

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Park GüellCasa-Museu GaudíMetrolinie 9 (Barcelona)Castellers de la Vila de GràciaCasa Vicens

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Park GüellCasa-Museu GaudíMetrolinie 9 (Barcelona)Castellers de la Vila de GràciaCasa Vicens

Another big church is Santa Maria del Mar.

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Santa Maria del MarESADEHandball-Weltmeisterschaft der Männer 2013Olympische Sommerspiele 1992/FußballLiga ASOBAL

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Santa Maria del MarOlympische Sommerspiele 1992/FußballLiga ASOBALHandball-Weltmeisterschaft der Männer 2013ESADE

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Santa Maria del MarOlympische Sommerspiele 1992/FußballLiga ASOBALHandball-Weltmeisterschaft der Männer 2013ESADE

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum (Barcelona)Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant JordiIctíneo IIOlympische Sommerspiele 1992/FußballLiga ASOBAL

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Museu Marítim de BarcelonaDrassanes Reials de BarcelonaIctíneo IUniversität Pompeu FabraJardins de Walter Benjamin

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Ictíneo IPalau GüellMuseu Marítim de BarcelonaDrassanes Reials de BarcelonaUniversität Pompeu Fabra

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: La BarcelonetaOlympische Sommerspiele 1992/SegelnBarceloneta (Metro Barcelona)Olympisches Dorf (Barcelona)Zoo Barcelona

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Bahnhof Barcelona-FrançaSanta Maria del MarESADEHandball-Weltmeisterschaft der Männer 2013Olympische Sommerspiele 1992/Fußball

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Bahnhof Barcelona-FrançaMuseu PicassoSanta Maria del MarESADEHandball-Weltmeisterschaft der Männer 2013

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Bahnhof Barcelona-FrançaCastell dels Tres DragonsExposición Universal de Barcelona (1888)Parc de la CiutadellaMuseu Picasso

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Castell dels Tres DragonsExposición Universal de Barcelona (1888)TriumphbogenArc de TriomfParc de la Ciutadella

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Palau de la Música CatalanaOrfeó CatalàInstitut d’Estadística de CatalunyaEls Quatre GatsKathedrale von Barcelona

I am not too sure if I liked the outside of the Sagrada Familia. But I am sure that the inside is just phantastic. My plan to visit the basilica when the sun is standing low around 5:30pm went out well. The entire room was filled with colorful light and looked just incredible.

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1713)Ruta del Cister

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Metrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Sagrada FamíliaBelagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)Belagerung von Barcelona (1713)La Monumental

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)Belagerung von Barcelona (1713)La Monumental

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Metrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Sagrada FamíliaBelagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)Belagerung von Barcelona (1713)La Monumental

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Metrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Sagrada FamíliaBelagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Metrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Sagrada FamíliaBelagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)Belagerung von Barcelona (1713)La Monumental

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)La MonumentalBelagerung von Barcelona (1713)

The grave of Gaudí located in the crypta of the basilica. The crypta can be visited free of charge, by the way.

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Sagrada FamíliaMetrolinie 2 (Barcelona)Belagerung von Barcelona (1705)Belagerung von Barcelona (1713)La Monumental

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Palau GüellIctíneo IUniversität Pompeu FabraGran Teatre del LiceuHerboristeria del Rei

The Palau de la Música Catalana is still an active concert hall and ansolutely stunning. During our tour we were able to attend choir practices which was really nice.

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Palau de la Música CatalanaOrfeó CatalàInstitut d’Estadística de CatalunyaEls Quatre GatsKathedrale von Barcelona

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Palau de la Música CatalanaOrfeó CatalàInstitut d’Estadística de CatalunyaEls Quatre GatsKathedrale von Barcelona

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Palau de la Música CatalanaOrfeó CatalàInstitut d’Estadística de CatalunyaEls Quatre GatsKathedrale von Barcelona

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Palau de la Música CatalanaOrfeó CatalàInstitut d’Estadística de CatalunyaEls Quatre GatsKathedrale von Barcelona

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Casa BatllóBahnhof Barcelona-Passeig de GràciaMetrolinie 4 (Barcelona)Casa MilàPasseig de Gràcia

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Casa BatllóBahnhof Barcelona-Passeig de GràciaMetrolinie 4 (Barcelona)Casa MilàPasseig de Gràcia

Casa Batlló was built by Gaudí for a rich family. The idea was to make the house resemble an underwater grotto. Well, if that is Gaudís understanding of an underwater grotto I am fine with that ;-)

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Casa BatllóBahnhof Barcelona-Passeig de GràciaMetrolinie 4 (Barcelona)Casa MilàPasseig de Gràcia

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Casa BatllóBahnhof Barcelona-Passeig de GràciaMetrolinie 4 (Barcelona)Casa MilàPasseig de Gràcia

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Casa BatllóBahnhof Barcelona-Passeig de GràciaMetrolinie 4 (Barcelona)Casa MilàPasseig de Gràcia

bcn 🌍 Picture location – Wiki-Links: Casa BatllóBahnhof Barcelona-Passeig de GràciaMetrolinie 4 (Barcelona)Casa MilàPasseig de Gràcia

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