What amazes me most about the history of Gaudi are the pieces that had to fall into place so he could live his talent and create all these stunning buildings. He was living in Barcelona during a time where the city started to have a lot of money and where the rich and famous wanted to show off by having their buildings designed by architects. One of his biggest sponsors and more than that – a life-long friend – was Eusebi Güell.
If this powerful man would not have had so much in common with the artist, there would be no Parque Güell, no Colonia Güell, no Palau Güell – maybe not even a Sagrada Familia.
Eusebi Güell gave Gaudi all the freedom in the design of his house (let’s call it an urban palace) that he needed. The freedom was such, that at some point the person in charge of the finances would revolt! But the project was in good hands, and all kinds of details can be found during a visit to the former home of the patron.
Again, find out the interesting details during the visit! Here come my recommendations:
Book tickets in advance and avoid queues.
Here is the link to the official homepage of the Palau http://entrades.palauguell.cat/muslink/venda/activitats.jsp?nom_cache=PALAU&property=PALAU&lang=3
They will provide you with Audioguides (they have videoguides in signlanguage for Catalan and Spanish/and Audioguides with subtitles in several languages).
Note that it is a big building and you will have to take quite some steps. For wheelchair-users there are elevators available, however note that if you cannot take steps, you will not be able to access the roof terrace!
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, Metro station Liceu (L3 Green Line) and then heading down Las Ramblas a little bit until you find Nou de la Rambla to your right.