Casa Amatller, Barcelona

Casa Amatller, Barcelona (must see)

One of Barcelona's most unforgettable pieces of architecture, Casa Amatller seemingly has stepped out from a fairy tale. It was built at the end of the 19th century to the design clearly adhering to the Modernist style which was later followed in a number of buildings throughout the city. The “casa” stands directly next door to Antoni Gaudí's Casa Battló, opposite the prestigious Passeig de Gràcia, and is an architectural masterpiece in its own right modeled by one of Gaudí's main competitors, Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Initially, it meant to be a family home for the famous chocolatier, Antoni Amatller Costa, who was also a passionate art collector, photographer and traveler. The immediately striking feature of this building is the triangular stepped gable inspired by Dutch urban architecture. The wrought-iron balcony and colorful ceramic tiles on the outer wall contribute to the wonder-like appearance, much as the large doors with stained-glass windows in the lobby.

The house is open for tours to those willing to explore the more curious and extravagant interior, including bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms, dining room, music room, and the scullery – all with their original furnishings. For visitors' convenience, there are audio guides available in a variety of languages.

After visiting the mansion, you are welcome to take a seat at the cafe downstairs for a cup of coffee or light snack – or better yet, enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate with a soft bread toast. There's plenty of chocolate to choose from, from chocolate bars to chocolate-coated nuts to cute little boxes of chocolate candies and more – a perfect edible souvenir from Barcelona for a sweet-tooth waiting for you back home!

Tip:
You can visit the whole mansion for a fee, or you can just take a seat at the cafe downstairs for a cup of coffee or light snack – or better yet, enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate with a soft bread toast. There's plenty of chocolate to choose from, from chocolate bars to chocolate-coated nuts to cute little boxes of chocolate candies and more – a perfect edible souvenir from Barcelona for a sweet-tooth waiting for you back home!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Barcelona, Spain within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Sight Name: Casa Amatller
Sight Location: Barcelona, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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