The Tibidabo Amusement Park
Tibidabo is a mountain offering the most spectacular view of the magical city of Barcelona. At 512 meters it is the tallest mountain in Serra de Collserola. What’s even more impressive is the old-fashioned Amusement park located on the top of the mountain. The Amusement Park is the oldest in Barcelona. Furthermore, it retains some of the most original rides some of which date back to the turn of the 20th century.
The Tibidabo Amusement Park allows you to discover the different areas and experience thrills and spills for all ages. Over 25 rides and attractions include those old-fashioned as well as the most modern ones for all of you who love beautiful sceneries as same as adrenaline.
The mountain’s dominating feature is the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus), a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica crowned by the enormous bronze statue of Christ. If you’d like to enjoy more of the fantastic views that Tibidabo offers, you should definitely visit the top of this Church. The overall atmosphere is spectacular especially after the sunset when the whole church is flooded with lights.
The Ferris Wheel and Other Attractions
Built already in the 1899 and opened to the public in 1905, the Amusement Park on top of the Tibidabo is not only the oldest amusement park in Spain but also one of the oldest ones in the world. As most amusement parks, also the one at Tibidabo offers various rides for people of all ages. Some of the original attractions are still operating – such as the Park’s iconic ride “El Avió” (The Plane) which gives an impression of a flight above the city. Built in 1928, it’s the first attraction of the park.
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However, the Park offers other attractions that are worth visiting too, such as the Museu d’Automates. Housing mechanical figures from 19th and 20th century this museum belongs among the most popular Tibidabo venues. There is also a massive hall of mirrors, which with dazzling visual effects, has won the prestigious FAD design award, named the Miramiralls.
And finally, what catches the visitor’s eye right after entering the Amusement Park is the famous Giradabo, a ferris wheel with its colourful cabins. If you wish to experience the splendid view of the whole city of Barcelona, this is definitely a must-visit attraction.
How to get to Tibidabo
- The Blue tram: Travel back in time while enjoying the views of Barcelona until you reach the bottom of the funicular station. Switch to the famous Funicular del Tibidabo here and enjoy the view of the city while getting to the mountaintop.
- By train: Take the train S1 from Plaça Catalunya to Peu del Funicular. Switch to the Funicular del Tibidabo which will take you up to the Amusement Park’s skywalk.
- By bus: The best way is to take the Tibibus – lines T2A (from Plaça Catalunya) and T2B (from Sant Genís). One ride costs €3 and it will take you right to the top of the mountain.
- By car: Drive up to Tibidabo from the Avinguda de Vallvidrera or the Carretera de Sant Cugat. There’s a (paid) parking area right next to the Amusement Park.
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