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Torre de Collserola (or Torre Foster) is a uniquely designed tower located on the Tibidabo hill in the Serra de Collserola, near Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
It was designed by architect Lord Norman Foster, and built in 1992 for the 1992 Summer Olympics. It features a pod for floor space like many towers but uses guide lines for lateral support like a mast. Mainly used as a TV and radio transmitter, this futuristic design provides the highest viewpoint over the city. The top antenna reaches 288.4m (946 ft) and the top of the pod, which has thirteen floors, reaches 152m (499 ft).
The tenth floor of the pod is open to the public.
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"Its tallest peak is the Tibidabo ,at 512 m."
"Ctra de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo Info: (93 406 93 54 / Website )."
"The funicular connects at the bottom with metropolitan railways ( FGC ,to reach the city center of Barcelona, via the Terrassa / Sabadell train lines), and at the top it can be combined with a minibus (line 111) to reach the top of the Tibidabo hill."
"To the southwest of Tibidabo, on the same high massif, is this splendid 8,000-hectare (19,768-acre) area of wild countryside, where footpaths wind amid the oak forests and offer occasional spectacular vistas."
"Ctra de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo."
"Tibidabo can be reached by a funicular railway ,by bus ,and by car."
"Torre de Collserola (or Torre Foster )is a uniquely designed tower located on the Tibidabo hill in the Serra de Collserola ,near Barcelona , Catalonia , Spain."
"The shapes that distinguish Tibidabo from below turn out to be a commercialized neo-Gothic church built by Enric Sagnier in 1902, a radio mast that used to seem tall, and -- looking like something out of the 25th century -- the 854-foot communications tower, the Torre de Collserola, designed by Sir Norman Foster."
"The Collserola Tower, which unkindly dwarfs the rest of the Tibidabo promontory, was designed by Norman Foster for the 1992 Olympics amid controversy over defacement of the traditional mountain skyline."
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kirsi from Finland wrote about Sagrada Familia 5 years, 10 months ago
An impressive building, different from any church or cathedral you've ever seen and a must-see in Barcelona. The modern, more recently constructed parts of the cathedral seem odd, but show well the difficulty of continuing the work without any detailed idea of the architects vision. I strongly recommend climbing up the towers - view over barcelona is great! Also interesting is the exhibition of Gaudi's design process and revolutionary ideas - for example the arches are actually modeled upside down using a thread model with tiny hanging weights to simulate gravitation. In the model, the arch settles to a position that supports the structure most efficiently.
vsk from Norway wrote about Sagrada Familia 5 years, 2 months ago
I wisited Sagrada Familia in February 2007. That time the entrance fee was 10€ and did not include elevatr trip to the top. However that is worth paying if the queue is not too bad and it is a clear day.
Another aspect to keep in mind is that everyone comes to this place so it gets crowded. Go early.
Maisku from Finland wrote about Park Güell 4 years, 6 months ago
I visited Barcelona a couple of years ago. It was in the middle of juli. I fell in love with the city´s architecture. There are some awesome buildings in city center and especially this Park Güell was stunning. I recommend you to see the movie Vicky Christina Barcelona, there are some great sceens from Barcelona!
jussi from Finland wrote about Sagrada Familia 4 years, 10 months ago
Antoni Gaudí is one of the few architects, whose style even I can recognize. Sagrada Familia is among the strangest buildings I've seen. Finally a church with some imagination. :-) It's good to have a pint at one of the bars next to the building and just look at the building, trying to guess what was on Gaudi's mind when he was drawing the spires or decorations.
tilkkuliini replied 4 years, 5 months ago:
Or better! Stay at an apartment on the opposite side of the building. It was nice to drink cold sangria on the roof of the appartment looking and wondering the beautiful scenery.
jussi replied 4 years, 7 months ago:
Ah, now finally I know a good way to get a bicycle in Barca! Muchos gracias for the tip! :-) I've been wondering why the Bicing citybikes are for residents only. Haven't seen such a restricting citybike policy elsewhere...
juha from Finland wrote about Sagrada Familia 5 years, 10 months ago
Perhaps the most famous sight in Barcelona but really not much of a sight. Sure, the architecture is interesting and it has been under construction for a long time but still it is just a church. You've seen a zillion of those. If you're near by, check it out but don't go over your head to get there. It's not that great.
leo from Finland wrote about Sagrada Familia 5 years, 10 months ago
I wonder if they ever finish this.. Maybe one of the things that make this famous is that it has been built for over 100 years. Amazing piece of work with all the details and architecture, take the metro to see it and spend a couple of hours just wondering. There are cafes nearby so you can enjoy some drinks while you're at it.
A nice view overlooking Barcelona. Take the bus here or do as we did and grab a taxi straight from the beach ;-). Buses leave from the main square at the end of La Rambla. There's a church on the top of the hill and a small amusement park below. There's also a cafe, but the Hamburgers aren't that great..
La Rambla.. perhaps the most famous street in Barcelona. Once a quiet street inhabited by artists and the like and now a tourist street that has something going on 24h a day every day of the week. Daytime you can see a lot of performance artists imitating statues, trees, demons, butterflies and what not. They attract an audience and do their thing once you give them money. Be careful, the audience also attracts pickpockets..
Rambla also has the most expensive beer and food probably in the whole of Barcelona, so if you want something less expensive (and probably better) go out a bit.
oh-barcelona from Spain wrote about La Fuente Mágica 3 years, 4 months ago
This was a surprise for me. I expected it to be a bit tacky and it really is pretty amazing, especially if you view it from above. Arrive early to grab a seat at the chiringuito (little open air cafe) right beside the fountain. Click the link for more info.
jussi replied 3 years, 4 months ago:
This is news to me. Definitely will need to see the fountain on my next visit to Barcelona. Great tip!
A fabulous building by Gaudi. if you at all like architecture of Gaudi's work, you must check this out. Incredible piece of work. The chimneys on the roof appear in several postcards and pictures of Gaudi's work. Getting there is easy, just walk up from El Corte Ingles, do some shopping or have some tapas on your way up, there are several nice boutiques and cafes.
jussi from Finland wrote about Museu Picasso 4 years, 10 months ago
We thought that we should visit at least one museum on our road trip and ended up going to Picasso Museum. The museum is great. First: they display such a collection from various years of Picasso that it's possible to follow the evolution of his style. Second: they have a nice bar, where a glass or two of red wine is served quickly and at a reasonable price. These two features together almost helped me understand Picasso's art.
tilkkuliini from Finland wrote about La Rambla 4 years, 6 months ago
I had about two days to visit all the boutiques along the La Rambla. Almost every second one is a shoe boutique and I bought three pair of shoes :D Like leo already said, the performance artists imitating statues are quite funny and interesting. Had to have a picture with them :D
tilkkuliini from Finland wrote about Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys 4 years, 5 months ago
I have this strange need to visit all the Olympic stadiums so I have been here also :) This time I didn't go in here so actually I don't know how it looks like, but the surroundings are interesting. You can see quite far away to the hills and there you can see all kinds of buildings. The place kind of reminded me from the original Olympic games in Greece. Well obviosly I didn't live then but anycase :) Maybe someone else knows more about this places' history?
tilkkuliini from Finland wrote about Camp Nou 4 years, 5 months ago
Every football or soccer fan should visit here! And if FC Barcelona is playing, even better. The place is actually really breath-taking, when the whole stadium is full. We visited there when Barcelona was playing against Benfica and the atmosphere was unbelievable. I can't imagine how it must be, when Barce is playing against Real Madrid!
Everybody said that it is impossible to get tickets to the game, but we bought them straight from the gates an hour before the game. (Only 90 euros :P)
tilkkuliini from Finland wrote about Park Güell 4 years, 5 months ago
If you like colorful things and you are renovating your kitchen, this is great place to get ideas :D Gaudis mosaic art is something I really would like to see in my kitchen, in stead of those old pink doors..
In a sunny day the view from the edge of the park is stunning. Well, maybe it looked a bit foggy but I didn't mind :)
tilkkuliini from Finland wrote about Camp Nou 4 years, 5 months ago
There is also a shop in Camp Nou. The shop is in two storeys. It took about an hour to get out the shop, because there was so much to buy. If you have football fans in your family and you have to buy presents to them from your trip, this a good place to shop them. Especially if they are FC Barcelona fans. If they are Real Madrid fans, this could be a bad choice :D
You might get the stuff cheaper some where, but I couldn't manage to get out from there with out buying something (I guess you count 100 euros to buying "something"? :P).
oh-barcelona from Spain wrote about La Paradeta Seafood Restaurant 3 years, 5 months ago
What a waste! 5 years in Barcelona without having discovered this restaurant and it’s a true gem.
The principal of La Paradeta is simple. It’s all about seafood: fresh, quality seafood caught by the restaurant’s own boat and then displayed as if in a fish market, ready for you to choose exactly what and how much you want to eat. It’s a bit like being in La Boquería but without the wait before you can start eating and the great thing is that you really see the quality of what you are buying.
The restaurant itself is of the relaxed café-style that the Spanish and Catalans do so well. Having no waiters and owning their own fishing boat means that they are able to cut some of the cost out of the process. So the pricing is very, very reasonable and very fair as you pay by weight.
It may have taken me 5 years to visit La Paradeta but the same cannot be said of the local population. The place gets busy, and early. The good thing is that the queues move fast, with plenty of tables inside and a buzzing but relaxed atmosphere that wants to make you keep going for the evening rather than slip into a carb-induced food coma.
So I think you get it. I am a total convert to the cult of La Paradeta and if you get a chance to pay a visit, I have no doubt that you will end up as one too.
oh-barcelona from Spain wrote about Oh-barcelona.com 3 years, 4 months ago
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oh-barcelona from Spain wrote about Barcelona El Prat Airport 3 years, 4 months ago
There are 4 ways to get to the centre of Barcelona from the main airport:
1. Airport Bus
4. Local Buses
To find our which is best for you click on the link below and read a bit more.
Regarding how to get between Terminals 1 and 2 at Barcelona El Prat Airport:
- The T1-T2 Shuttle: Every 6 or 7 minutes a bus links T2 (the bus stop is located by the intermodal building) with arrivals (ground floor) and departures (3rd floor) in T1. The journey takes 10 minutes.
- From T1- Renfe Train Station T2 Shuttle: Coinciding with the arrival of trains (every 30 minutes), a bus links the Renfe train station in T2 with departures (3rd floor) in T1. The journey takes 10 minutes.
oh-barcelona from Spain wrote about San Felipe Neri Square 3 years, 4 months ago
This simple square is a must visit. Interesting from the point of view of its history, it has also been made famous by the novel "Shadow of the Wind" and its appearance in the Evanescence video "My Immortal". Visit the link for all the info and to see the video.
oh-barcelona from Spain wrote about La Boquería Market 3 years, 4 months ago
La Boqueria on Las Ramblas in Barcelona is actually the better known name for the Sant Josep Market. With its huge offering of fruit, veg, fish and meat for sale it must surely be a candidate for the best food market in the world. It opens at 8am and closes at 8.30pm, every day except Sunday.
fundaciomies wrote about Pavelló Mies Van Der Rohe one year, 6 months ago
The Pavilion is one of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Works and a key point of reference in XX-century architecture. The famous German Pavilion was designed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition and reconstructed in 1986 on its original site. Its innovative architectural structure marked a radical change in the layout of space and greatly influenced the development of modern architecture. Furthermore, the Pavilion exhibits the Barcelona Chair, also designed by Mies van der Rohe, along with a bronze reproduction of Georg Kolbe’s sculpture Morning. The Fundació Mies van der Rohe veils for the conservation of the Pavilion.
Every day from 10.00 to 20.00h.
General public: 4,75 €
Students: 2,60 €
Under 16: free
Anual subscription: 8 €
Entrance fee for groups
More than 20 people with reservation required: 4 €
Guided tours for groups of up to 25 people with reservation required: 60 €
20% off with Bus Turístic
20% off with Barcelona Card
20% off with Barcelona City Tour
Underground: Espanya L1 and L3
Bus: Plaça d’Espanya, 13 and 50
Bus Turístic: stop CaixaForum - Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
Barcelona City Tour: stop number 10 / CaixaForum - Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
harrietfreeman wrote about Ok Apartment Barcelona 3 weeks, 6 days ago
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