Park Güell is a definite must see when visiting Barcelona. Sadly it is no longer free to visit so be sure to book online to avoid killer queues. Park Güell originated in 1900, when Count Eusebi Güell bought a tree-covered hillside and hired Antoni Gaudí to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy. Unfortunately the project was a flop and was abandoned in 1914. In 1922 the city bought the estate for use as a public park.
Today you’ll find the original walkways, steps, and gatehouses that Gaudí built in his typically imaginative and distinctive style. The park is rather magical and feels like a surreal wonderland. Be sure to leave enough time so that you can visit the whole park.