If you’re like me you probably thought you saw the world’s coolest house on MTV Cribs.
Well, that was before your Barcelona holiday stop.
Today more than 2000 tourists a day line up and pay for tickets to Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – one of the most creatively designed houses in the world.
It’s just a shame that most of them line up for half the day.
How can we avoid this?
After a brief description of Barcelona’s most beautiful building I’m going to show you how to skip the lines by buying Casa Batllo tickets online.
Casa Batllo Facts
So what exactly is it?
- A marine-inspired 32 meter high Art-Nouveau mansion.
- A universe of symbolism.
- Nature in building form.
- A building said to have almost no straight lines.
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- One of Barcelona’s most visited landmarks (700,000+ annual visits).
What to See at Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo is a vortex of waves and curves in homage to Gaudi’s refusal to use straight lines.
All Casa Batllo’s amazing architectural details were created by Gaudi himself: the handrails, roof chimneys, door knobs, windows and even the furniture all came from his genius mind.
Here’s a sneak preview of the interior of the house through the augmented reality video guide:
Looks cool? That video guide is included with your tickets buying with my links below.
But first let’s see what else Casa Batllo has to offer:
Casa Batllo is known informally as Casa Dels Ossos (‘House of Bones’) and it’s easy to understand why: the balconies are shaped like the jaw bones of some demented alien creature hell-bent on enslaving humanity.
On the exterior you’ll see a facade covered in mosaics made from ceramic tile shards – the technique (known as trencadís) originated in France but was perfected by Gaudi for his many masterpieces.
The colourful and odd-shaped shards that form the patterns on Casa Batllo were taken from broken cups and plates at local factories. You’ll see the colours of the mosaics gently drift from golden orange to greenish blue.
The oval-shaped feature windows are cut across by bone-like stone columns and the balconies are said to be designed after masks or even bats – interpret what you will!
The Noble Floor
The Casa Batllo interior is the former residence of the man it was built for: wealthy cotton baron Josep Batlló.
Enter the private entrance hall and get taken to a sort of underwater cave lit by tortoise shell skylights. The nearly wobbling walls and their lack of straight lines make people dizzy! At the stairway and its animal spine banister you know you’re on the right track.
Here you’ll get a view of Casa Batllo’s most photographed area: the blue-tiled building well.
The main suite is made up of three interconnected rooms that are lit up by the massive windows seen over Passeig de Gracia. The wavy, almost whirlpool-like effect makes you feel the power of the sea.
The noble floor also hosts a museum: both have only been open to the public since 2002.
No other part of Casa Batllo so aptly combines the freaky with the functional: what was once a service area where tenants could utilize storage space and do laundry is now the building’s most peculiar portion.
The simplistic whites and straight forward shapes of this well-lit room seem so practical until you realise you’re standing amidst 60 catenary arches that look like the rib cage of an animal.
It’s speculated that this is the rib cage of the animal whose top half we see on the roof.
The Roof Terrace
If you look really closely you’ll see that the Casa Batllo’s roof imitates the scales of a dragon’s back.
Gaudi’s creativity is really on display here: he used mosaics to create an animal’s spine on the street side of the roof while using the colourful trencadís on the other for contrast.
Make sure you check out the four chimneys and the four-pointed cross which some say is Saint George’s sword in the dragon’s back. Others believe it is Gaudi’s statement that the building, and the nature that inspired it, is god’s alone and not to be confused with the glorification of wealth.
The view of Barcelona from the roof at Casa Batllo is amazing.
Where to Buy Casa Batllo Tickets
You can get your Casa Batllo tickets at ticket booths on site. Fellow travelers on Tripadvisor though would highly recommend against doing this:
It is strongly recommended to buy your tickets in advance online.
Getting Casa Batllo Tickets Online and Skipping Lines
To avoid all this hassle you can get free priority access by booking through attraction giant Ticketbar: all online bookings get the aforementioned video guide at no extra cost.
Simply pick your date and time and you’ll be able to skip lines without hassle.
Click the button below to be taken to Ticketbar’s website:
Once you’ve bought the tickets you’ll be emailed them and simply have to present them at the entrance to be let right through without lines.
Casa Batllo Prices
All entrances include an English audio guide or augmented reality video guide (limited availability).
- Regular: €23.50.
- Students, Kids (7-18), Seniors 65+: €20.50.
- Kids under 7: FREE.
- Discounted tickets are available for groups over 20 people (call +34 93 216 03 06)
As Casa Batllo is not a public entity there are no discounts for disabled visitors.
Tip: you’ll receive a 20% discount on Casa Batllo tickets and skip lines booking them online using the Barcelona City Pass. This discount pass also gets you 20% off about 60 other attractions and is a godsend to tourists with a lot to see.
Be the First Tickets
For those with more money to throw around you have the option to visit Casa Batllo when it’s empty.
This extremely exclusive tour allows only 20 people in at 8:30 am.
You’ll be able to see the first rays of sunshine come through the stained glass windows of the Nobel Floor or even see the sunrise from the roof in winter.
You can get Be the First entrance at Casa Batllo for €39.00.
This option is recommended for serious photographers and crowd-a-phobes – the value offered here is extremely slim otherwise.
From June to October you’ll have the option to have a drink and watch live music at the house’s legendary Dragon’s Rooftop Terrace. This is a great option for those looking for something romantic to do in Barcelona.
Music at the one hour concert ranges from jazz to R&B to classical to salsa.
All tickets include two drinks (cava wine or beer).
Tickets for Magic Nights cost €29.00 or you can combine the concert with a standard house visit for €39.00.
Casa Batllo Opening Hours
You’ll find Casa Batllo has long hours to accommodate the sheer volume of tourists and for this reason it is open 365 days a year.
The building interior is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm every day.
The last entrance for visitors is at 8:00 pm so make sure you arrive with plenty of time.
Opening hours may be restricted due to private parties but this is extremely rare.
How to Get to Casa Batllo
The address of Casa Batllo is Passeig de Gràcia 43.
- The closest metro/RENFE station is Passeig de Gracia.
- Other metro stations reachable on foot are Diagonal and Catalunya.
- There’s also an FGC stop called Provença.
- You can also arrive using buses H10, V15, 7, 22 or 24.
- The Bus Turistic stop is Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies.
From any hostel or holiday apartment in the centre expect about 20 minutes maximum travel time via public transport. I recommend walking because the surroundings of the Ruta del Modernisme are too beautiful to miss by taking the metro.
If you have any problems with how to get to Casa Batllo drop me a line in the comments below with your lodging address and I’ll be sure to help.
Casa Batllo Hacks
- Go early morning or late afternoon for smaller crowds.
- Book your Casa Batllo tickets for the opening (8:30 AM) to ensure the quietest time.
- Leave 60-90 minutes for the visit but you can stay as long as you want.
- Take the stairs or you’ll miss the ensemble of light and colour in the inside patio.
- They have free wifi so you can tell the world you’re there 😉
- Go straight to the top and work your way down.
- Pass by again at night to see it lit up beautifully.
- Step into the water room before descending the stairs and close the door for max effect.
- Germaphobes and quality audio lovers: bring your own headphones if you’ve got them.
- Visit during Christmas or Sant Jordi to see Casa Batllo decorated for the holidays.
- Ask at the Tourist Office if Casa Batllo is undergoing any works.
- See Casa Batllo’s program of events for special concerts and more.
- Check their social networks for hashtag photo contests to win a Fujifilm XA2, good luck!
- Buy from the Casa Batllo gift shop online to save time.
- If you’re also doing Casa Mila start there first then go downhill to Casa Batllo.
- Parents will have to leave prams/strollers at the bottom floor.
- Spoil yourself with a meal at nearby El Nacional.
Casa Batllo FAQ
Should I buy my Casa Batllo tickets online or are ticket windows enough?
Online tickets are always recommended to avoid lengthy lines.
Why not the Casa Batllo Fast Pass? Why Ticketbar’s ‘skip the line’ pass?
Yes, with the Casa Batllo fast pass option on the official website you go straight in with zero wait.
With Ticketbar’s skip the line option (above) you skip the ticket windows but will have to queue up (a couple of minutes maximum) to have your ticket scanned.
I don’t suggest the fast pass option since it’s an extra €5.00 to save only two minutes.
Are there any further Casa Batllo discounts available?
Depending on your needs there are multiple Barcelona tourist passes that offer discounts.
Still not sure? Get at me in the comments below and I’ll help you get the right Casa Batllo ticket.
Can I combine these Casa Batllo discounts with other offers?
Why are Casa Batllo tickets so expensive?
As it is not a public entity and does not benefit from government subsidies Casa Batllo is entirely self-financing. For this reason the upkeep costs are huge and costs are justified to maintain its beauty.
How long is the audio guide in total?
If you follow it completely it runs about 90 minutes.
If I buy a student discount Casa Batllo ticket how do I redeem it?
You must show a valid piece of student ID to gain entrance – all international student IDs are accepted.
Is there a time limit to the visit?
No. Guests can stay as long as they like until the 9 pm closing time.
Are there any places to eat or cafes at Casa Batllo?
No. You can only find vending machines on the first floor and the attic.
Is there any elevator for limited mobility and elderly guests?
Wheelchairs are available that fit in the elevators but please note the elevator does not reach the roof terrace.
The elevator is only recommended in these occasions because taking the stairs allows you to see the magnificent light play of the inner patio.
Are there wheelchairs available for guests with limited mobility?
Is Casa Batllo good for the visually impaired?
In addition to house information being given in Braille there are spatial references included in the audio guide which will help guests position themselves.
Also, the companion of the visually impaired guest gets free entrance.
Is Casa Batllo good for the hearing impaired?
Yes. Audio guide texts are available in English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.
If I visit with a toddler can I enter with a stroller?
Those visiting Barcelona with kids should note that strollers will restrict your mobility greatly. You’re free to leave your stroller with staff and take your toddler in a front pack baby carrier.
Do children under 7 years old need to show ID to get in free?
Unless they’re noticeably young they will need to show ID.
Can I leave my bags or suitcases while I visit?
Yes, there is an allocated space for this purpose.
Am I allowed to take photos at Casa Batllo?
Yes, but flash photography is not permitted.
What language ares available with the audio and/or augmented reality video guide?
In addition to English the guides are available in Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Korean
Get at Me in the Comments NOW
So you’ve bought your Casa Batllo tickets online and skipped the lines – was it worth all the hype?
If you have any question about your Barcelona holiday or any comments about how I can improve this resource please don’t forget harass me in the comments below.