Casa Batllo is a beautiful residential building, which attracts more than a million tourists every year.
It was designed more than 110 years back by Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, who also built Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila etc.
The locals also call it Casa dels Ossos or House of Bones Barcelona, since it looks as if it is made up of skulls and bones.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Is it worth it?
4. Best time to visit
5. Tour duration
6. Tickets discount
7. Casa Batllo tickets
8. Magic Nights
9. Inside Casa Batllo
10. Casa Batllo’s roof
11. Casa Mila or Casa Batllo?
12. Casa Batllo FAQs
Casa Batllo location
This tourist attraction is located in the centre of Barcelona.
The street where Casa Batllo is located is also known as Manzana de la Discordia (that is, the Street of Discord).
This street has four beautiful buildings fighting for the attention of the passersby. And hence, the name Manzana de la Discordia.
The buildings are Casa Lleò Morera, which was designed by Domènech i Montaner, Casa Amatller, designed by Puig I Cadafalch, Casa Mulleras designed by Enric Sagnier and finally Casa Batllo by Antonio Gaudi himself.
Casa Batllo address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain.
How to reach Casa Batllo
Travelling within Barcelona is very tourist friendly. There are multiple ways in which you can get to Casa Batllo.
Casa Batllo Metro
Take L3, also known as Barcelona Underground Green Line.
You must get down at Passeig de Gracia station.
This is the one Metro station to access both Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.
Once you get down, look for the exit called Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya.
If you get out of any other Metro station exit, you will find yourself very far from Casa Batllo.
Once you get out of Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya exit, Casa Batllo is only a minute’s walk.
Since the Barcelona Metro runs till late at night, it is an option even when you go for Casa Batllo magical nights.
Bus H10, Bus V15, Bus 7, Bus 20, Bus 22 and Bus 24 ply towards Casa Batllo.
All the bus routes drop you very close to Casa Batllo.
If you opt for buses 20 and H10, to get to Casa Batllo, you need to get down at Valencia – Pg de Gràcia bus stop.
All the other bus routes to Casa Batllo stop at Pg de Gràcia – Aragon.
By Tourist bus
If you have booked your city tour on Barcelona Bus Turístic the stop to ask for is ‘Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies.’ –
You can get onto both Red and Blue buses to get to Casa Batllo.
If you have booked your city tour on Barcelona City Tour, you can get into either the ‘East Route’ (coded Green) or ‘West Route’ (coded Orange).
Both the routes can help you reach Casa Batllo.
Remember to get down at the Passeig de Gracia stop.
By private transport
If you prefer to reach the House of Bones (yes, that’s Casa Batllo’s nickname!) in a taxi, you can use any of the ride-hailing apps. Uber, Lyft or local apps work just the same.
If you plan to reach Casa Batllo in a self-driven car, be aware that this Barcelona attraction is on a busy street.
Passeig de Gràcia is a famous shopping street, and parking spots are difficult to come by.
However, within 250 meters of Casa Batllo, you can find parking spots with nominal rates.
Parking near Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo hours
To accommodate the large number of tourists visiting Casa Batllo, it is open 12 hours a day.
Casa Batllo’s opening hours are from 9 am to 9 pm every day, all throughout the year.
Since it takes an hour to explore Casa Batllo, the last entry for ticket-holding visitors is at 8 pm.
Note: Very rarely, private parties are conducted at Casa Batllo. On such occasions, opening hours may be restricted, and ticket sale is stopped.
Is Casa Batllo worth it?
We feel Casa Batllo is worth every Euro spent on the entrance tickets.
Here are our four reasons –
1. It is beautiful both outside and inside
If the exterior design of Casa Batllo makes your jaw drop, wait till you see the inside.
The Noble hall, the entrance hall, the patio of lights, the indoor garden, the loft, and the roof terrace are just some of the places where you will be mesmerised.
None of the rooms in Casa Batllo are furnished, and yet, you will not even realise it. Such is the beauty of the interiors.
We agree Casa Batllo is expensive to set foot in, but we can assure you that it will be worth every cent.
Don’t believe us? Check out this video.
2. Casa Batllo’s video guide is the best
Instead of an audio guide, every visitor to Casa Batllo gets a virtual reality video guide.
The virtual reality video tour gives insights into the incredible detail of Gaudi’s creation and design.
This guide also shows pictures of the building from more than 100 years ago for visitors to compare.
In fact, kids love this VR tour at Casa Batllo.
If you are on holiday in Barcelona with kids, we highly recommend Casa Batllo.
3. Opportunity for amazing photographs
Casa Batllo is original in its truest sense. There is no other residential building in the world that even remotely resembles Casa Batllo.
Using lines, colours, shapes, contours, and textures Gaudi makes comes up with the interiors that transport you into a fantasy world.
That’s why photographers fall in love with Casa Batllo. If you love photography, exploring Casa Batllo will be worth your while.
4. Casa Batllo narrates a legend
Did you know that Casa Batllo narrates the legend of St. George?
Sant Jordi’s legend:
According to the legend, once there lived a dragon which had to be offered one human being every day so that it won’t kill the whole town.
One day it is the turn of the Princess to visit the dragon.
St George steps in to slay the dragon and save the Princess.
If you look at Casa Batllo closely, you can observe the following references to St. George’s legend –
*The roof of Casa Batllo depicts the dragon’s scaly back
*On the roof, you will find a massive cross with four arms, which represents Saint George´s triumphant sword inside the dragon’s back
*On the lower floors, the previous victims of the Dragon are depicted in the form of skull-shaped balconies and bone-shaped pillars
*The flower-shaped balcony at the top refers to the Princess’ balcony
These references to the legend can be seen from outside Casa Batllo.
However, to see the two other references, you must step inside.
*In the entrance hall of Casa Batllo, there is a staircase whose upper part looks like a dragon’s tail – with lots of vertebrae stringed together.
*The last reference to the legend is in the attic, which resembles that of a ribcage of a large animal.
Do you know any other building that tells a story?
All these specialities make Casa Batllo worth your visit.
Best time to visit Casa Batllo
With almost 3000 tourists visiting daily, the crowd can impact your Casa Batllo experience.
If you reach Casa Batllo during the peak hours, you may end up waiting for an hour at the ticketing counter.
However, if you buy your tickets online, you can save this waiting time (and save 4 Euros per ticket, because online tickets are cheaper).
The massive crowd also affects your experience inside the building.
It becomes difficult to explore the house at your leisure, and your photos are more likely to be full of tourists.
That’s why the best time to visit Casa Batllo is early morning – between 9 am to 11 am.
If you can’t make it during the early hours, the next best time is late afternoons – 3 pm to 5 pm.
How long does Casa Batllo take?
The answer to this question depends on the kind of explorer you are.
The duration of Casa Batllo’s Virtual Reality Video Guide is one hour.
If you were to explore the Gaudi masterpiece at the pace of its guide, you would be out of the building in exactly 60 minutes.
In case you don’t let the video guide decide your pace but stop for lots of photo opportunities as well, you may need around 90 minutes.
Tourists who really get into the details of the exhibits may need anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes.
The above tour durations are applicable for daytime tours of Casa Batllo.
Duration of Casa Batllo Magic Night tours
If you visit Casa Batllo at night, the duration of your tour will depend on the kind of experience you opted for. There are two experiences you can book –
1. Casa Batllo + Magic Nights Tickets
If you buy for yourself Casa Batllo + Magic Nights tickets, you must reach the venue at 8 pm.
The first one hour will be spent exploring the Casa Batllo house.
At 9 pm, you will be escorted to Casa Batllo’s Dragon rooftop for your Magic Night.
The Magic Night will involve lots of live music and dancing, which will go on for an hour.
This Casa Batllo tour will take two hours.
2. Only Magic Nights Tickets
However, if you opt for only the Magic Night experience, you will be taken to Casa Batllo terrace at 9 pm.
After an hour of live music and dancing you will be escorted down at 10 pm – so the tour duration ends up being one hour.
Casa Batllo tickets discount
The best and easiest way to get a discount on your Casa Batllo tickets is by booking them online.
For instance, the ‘Skip The Line’ Casa Batllo ticket costs 35 Euros at the ticketing window but only 31 Euros online.
Similarly, the regular ticket to Casa Batllo costs 29 Euros at the ticketing office, but it is available online at a discounted price of 25 Euros.
The next best discounts on offer at Casa Batllo is for kids from 7 to 18 years old and the 65+ seniors. Both these age groups get a 3 Euros discount on all tickets.
Regardless of your age, if you are carrying your student ID, you qualify for a similar 3 Euros discount during ticket purchase.
Kids under seven years of age walk in free if they have an adult accompanying them.
Casa Batllo tickets
Every Gaudi fan who wants to visit Casa Batllo gets confused by the different types of ticket options available.
A few things you must know about these Casa Batllo tickets:
*The moment you make the purchase, the tickets will be emailed to you
*You don’t need to take printouts
*On the day of your visit, show the tickets in your email, on your smartphone and walk in
*With all the tickets, you get the augmented reality video guide for free
1. ‘Be the first’ Casa Batllo ticket
This ticket helps you explore Casa Batllo before the usual crowd comes in.
If you buy this ticket, you must be at Casa Batllo by 8.30 in the morning.
The entrance for the regular crowd opens at 9 am, so you get half an hour of exclusive time (with a few others) inside Casa Batllo.
If you are a professional photographer, we highly recommend this ticket.
With limited people inside Casa Batllo, you can take amazing photographs.
Ticket price (for 7+ years)
Online price: 37 Euros
Ticketing office price: 41 Euros
Children below seven years walk in for free.
2. Casa Batllo with Fast Pass
Since this ticket helps avoid the queue, it is also known as Casa Batllo ‘Skip The Line’ ticket.
If you have kids, elderly or are a large group, we suggest you spend the extra Euros and buy Fast Pass tickets.
If you go early, you can avoid the queue. But for only 5 Euros per ticket, you can avoid the crowd whatever time you visit.
Ticket price (for 7+ years)
Online price: 31 Euros
Ticketing office price: 35 Euros
Note: If you don’t want the ‘Fast Pass’ option, on the ticket booking page select the regular tickets. The online cost of regular Casa Batllo tickets is 25 Euros per visitor.
3. Casa Batllo tickets for a theatrical visit
If you buy this ticket, Mr Gaudi himself or Mrs Ramoneta, the family’s maid, takes you on a theatrical tour of Casa Batllo.
This tour of Casa Batllo is interesting because of the way it is presented.
Besides, the presenters also share interesting anecdotes, stories etc. of the time when the Batllo family lived in the house.
This ticket is available for purchase only on Sundays.
If you are travelling with kids, this is an excellent option.
However, because of the limited number of tours, they run all booked a few weeks in advance.
Ticket price (for 7+ years)
Online price: 37 Euros
Ticketing office price: 41 Euros
Kids seven years and below don’t need to pay anything for this tour.
Casa Batllo Magic Nights
Casa Batllo Magic Nights is an exclusive tour of Casa Batllo created for the summer months.
There are two parts to the Casa Batllo Magic Nights tour. First part is the one-hour exploration of Casa Batllo.
The second part is when the visitors are escorted to Casa Batllo’s Dragon terrace for a night of live music and drinks.
This tour is opened in mid-May every year, and it goes on till September end.
Casa Batllo Magic Night tickets
Magic Nights at Casa Batllo are an excellent option for Gaudi fans looking for unique experiences.
Both the below given Magic Nights ticket includes two drinks on the house.
You can choose between Cava, Sangria or Gin and Tonic.
There are two types of Magic Night tickets you can buy –
1. Casa Batllo + Magic Nights tickets
If you buy this Casa Batllo ticket, you must reach the venue at 8 pm.
The first one hour is spent exploring the Casa Batllo house.
At 9 pm, you will be escorted to the Dragon’s rooftop for one hour of live music, drinking, and eating.
2. Only Magic Nights Tickets
If you buy this ticket, you must reach the venue at 9 pm.
You will be immediately whisked away to the Dragon’s rooftop for your Magic Night, which will include live music, drinking, and eating.
In this ticket, you don’t get to explore the Casa Battlo interiors.
Inside Casa Batllo
The compliment ‘you are beautiful from the inside out’ holds true for Casa Batllo.
For after building the facade, Gaudi seems to have given his soul to Casa Batllo inside.
Let’s take a sneak peek into the interior of Casa Batllo.
1. The Entrance Hall of Casa Batllo
The main entrance of the building is divided into two sections – one for the rented apartments and another for the Batllo family.
The entrance hall that leads to the Batllo family’s private lounge evokes an underwater experience.
The walls are vaulted and curved in shape with skylights that represent turtle shells.
The railing of the wooden staircase that leads to Mr Batllo’s study is shaped like animal vertebrae.
2. The Entrance of Noble Floor
The Noble Floor was the residential area of the Batllo family and is the most creative space.
It has three interconnected sections – Mr Batllo’s study, the living room and a secluded area for courting couples.
3. Living Room of Casa Batllo
In the morning, you can see the entire room illuminated by the sunlight streaming in through huge tinted windows.
The size of these windows varies from big on the top to small in the bottom to allow more passage of sunlight.
You will notice that the ceiling tends to spiral down like a whirlpool.
The chandelier in the centre makes you feel as if you are staring into the eye of the sea.
4. Courting Area inside Casa Batllo
We don’t know whose idea it was to include what we now call a ‘dating room,’ but it is a romantic one.
The room is so designed to provide the couples all the privacy they need.
The major attraction of this room is a mushroom-shaped fireplace.
5. Patio of Lights, Lighting up the Interior
Gaudi wanted light and air to travel to all the rooms through the main skylight.
It is interesting to note the shades of blue tiles that Gaudi used for this portion.
To ensure the uniform distribution of light, he installed darker shades of blue at the top that faded down the bottom.
6. The Loft inside Casa Batllo
This section of the house functioned as a service area for the tenants.
It accommodated storage areas and laundry rooms.
Gaudi used the colour white for this section.
The sixty Catenary arches give an impression of being the ribcage of an animal.
7. Indoor Garden in Casa Batllo
Gaudi was a nature lover, and he wanted the Batllo’s to enjoy some peaceful time in their own private garden.
This is attached to their dining hall and contains glass-coated flower pots.
Casa Batllo’s roof
Initially built in 1877, Casa Batllo didn’t always have the exciting roof it currently has.
However, everything changed when local textile merchant Josep Batllo Josep Batllo commissioned Antonio Gaudi to redesign his house in 1904.
Gaudi divided the building into apartments, added a fifth floor, revamped the interiors, added a new facade and most importantly re-designed the roof.
The Catalan architect always put in a lot of effort on the roof.
He believed that the roofs gave buildings their personalities.
There are four elements to Batllo House’s roof – the Dragon back, the tower and cross, the four stacks of chimneys, and the terrace.
Roof in the shape of Dragon’s back
It is hard to miss the fact that Casa Batllo’s roof is shaped like a Dragon’s back. And on the Dragon’s back, its spine distinctly stands out.
A small triangular window towards the right of the building represents the Dragon’s eye.
Legend has it that before newer buildings blocked the view, it was possible to see Sagrada Familia from this eye.
The panoramic roof is composed of 600 large tiles, which look like scales.
These large, ceramic scales vary in colour.
Near the eye, where the Dragon’s body begins, the tiles are green.
They turn blue and violet in the centre and pink and red towards the tail area of the Dragon.
Keep this colour scheme in mind, for we will be discussing it again.
The tower and Cross on the roof
A cross with four arms pointing North, South, East, and West rises from the roof’s third element, a tower.
This tower and Cross seem to be inspired by nature and resembles plant life (scroll up to see the image).
The tower is also decorated with Golden coloured monograms of Jesus, Maria, and Joseph.
If you stand in front of Casa Batllo and look up, you can’t miss these religious references by Gaudi.
Chimneys on the roof
The beauty of Gaudi’s architectural ideas was the way he combined utility and design.
He believed that just because something was utilitarian, didn’t mean that it had to look ugly.
The beautiful chimneys on Batllo house’s roof are proof of Gaudi’s philosophy.
The Casa Batllo roof also has four chimney stacks – all stylized and polychromatic. They have also been designed to prevent back draughts.
These Gaudi’s chimneys are so famous that they provide the backdrop to regular live music concerts held on the Casa Batllo roof.
Casa Batllo’s terrace
The terrace of Casa Batllo is an open space offering great views of the Passeig de Gracia.
On the terrace, you will also find the entrance to a small room, which now hosts a small water fountain.
When the Batllo family lived in this house, this room was used to store water.
Casa Mila or Casa Batllo
Being Gaudi fans, we can’t have a favourite amongst his creations.
For us, both Casa Batllo or Casa Mila are the same.
But then, you do need your answer. So here are our thoughts –
If time and money is NOT a concern, we suggest you see both.
Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are only 700 meters (2300 feet) from each other.
However, if you are on a budget holiday, and have already seen Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, we suggest you visit Casa Mila.
If you are short on time (and can’t see both), but money is not a concern, we strongly recommend Casa Batllo.
For a detailed analysis, check out this link.
Casa Batllo FAQs
If you are planning a visit to Casa Batllo, it is quite natural to have questions.
Here are the most often asked questions about Gaudi’s Casa Batllo in Barcelona.
1. When was Casa Batllo built?
Casa Batllo was built in two phases.
In 1877, the basement, ground floor and four floors on top were built.
Back then it wasn’t called Casa Batllo.
In 1903, the Batllo family bought the house and named it Casa Batllo.
And the next year they decided to refurbish and redecorate the house.
Construction started in 1904 and lasted till 1906.
2. Who built Casa Batllo?
Two architects have contributed to building Casa Batllo.
However, the influence of the second architect is the greatest – and that’s why it is so popular among tourists.
Emilio Sala Cortés, who was a Professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture, built Casa Batllo in 1877.
Back then there was no electricity in Barcelona.
Twenty-seven years later (in 1904) his student Antonio Gaudi was commissioned to refurbish Casa Batllo.
Gaudi changed it so much that today it is also referred to as Casa Batllo Gaudi.
3. Who was Gaudi?
Antoni Gaudi was a Catalan architect, who left an inedible mark with his masterpieces all over Barcelona.
Some of his other masterpieces include Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila etc.
He was inspired by nature, and all his building reflected that.
His speciality was his refusal to use straight lines in any of his work.
He loved working on a grand scale.
The best example of the scale at which he worked is Sagrada Familia which even after 135 years is still under construction.
4. What is Casa Batllo used for
The current owners of Casa Batllo Gaudi use the building for two purposes – to attract tourists and to rent out the premises for high-end events.
In 1995, the owners opened Batllo House for the public for the first time.
The initiative was a hit, and ever since tourists visiting Casa Batllo have only grown.
In 2005, Casa Batllo became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Today it is the top-three tourist attraction in Barcelona after Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
Today Casa Batllo is also rented out to corporates, organisations and wealthy individuals, who want to host their events within its beautiful premises.
5. Who owns Gaudi’s Casa Batllo
The Bernat Family are the current owners of Casa Batllo.
Interestingly, they are also the owners of the Chupa Chups brand of confectionaries.
The Bernats bought Casa Batllo in 1994 and after restoring the house, turned it into a business initiative.
Today, it is one of the most highly rated cultural and tourist attractions of Barcelona.