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GmbH on behalf of the WDR I love Barcelona. Because this town is full of life,
cool and exciting. And it’s a metropolis with a sea. In Barcelona there are always
a reason to celebrate. And to marvel. Because it is the city of Gaudi. * Music * I have a mission. As a child.
lived here for a few years. Now I want my Barcelona
rediscover. Not where everyone is,
but the real Barcelona. On a journey,
which will last four days. That should do it, to be in the various
to look around city districts and find out
the way the city ticks. Barcelona
located in Spain’s Northeast and is the capital
the region of Catalonia. 1.6 million people live here. The Catalans actually want
be independent of Spain. They are proud
on their own culture and language. Catalan is spoken in everyday life,
but also Spanish. We’re in the middle of it
in a street festival. That’s how I used to travel:
on Papa’s shoulders. I think we have to go ahead.
There’s something exciting. This is where the competition takes place
of the competitions. In Barcelona they build human towers. Not a matter of safety. I can barely watch. There seems to be something
I’m sorry I didn’t work out. The best thing is, I’ll get an explanation, like the one with the human towers.
works. Find such contests
at almost every neighborhood festival. How many floors is that? That’s a 4 over 9 tower with folre. That’s what they call the ring around the base. Exactly, there are 9 floors in total. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and then the kids come along.
on the upper floors. Now they’ve done it. Christina and Joan tell me,
that in the forts, that’s the name of the human towers, everyone has his or her own place
and knows exactly what to do. On the mobile
they show the position, which they themselves are about to ingest: At the bottom to stabilize. The most important thing is a solid base. It’s got the weight on it. Depending on the height of the tower it consists of
out of hundreds of people. This is what
the individual floors. Several times a week
rehearse the groups. If anyone’s shaky,
will be dismantled immediately. In recent years.
there have rarely been any serious accidents. * Music * The tower is done, when the child is upstairs
and raise your hand briefly. The descent is also a thrill. The tower can still be
collapse into themselves. * Music * Congratulations. I’m sorry.
– Yes. Thank you. – Thank you. I’ll take care of it. And how was it? Good, good, good.
– Very good. It was super exhausting,
but we were good downstairs. It was hard, but it worked. If you’re downstairs and you feel that
someone’s starting to wiggle upstairs, everyone immediately becomes restless. Then you have to press even harder.
– And more together. But it went well. * Music * Now I want to go to the sea. It’s fast in Barcelona. It only takes a few minutes to get there. The waterfront district
is called La Barceloneta and used to be
the fishermen’s quarter. It borders directly on the old town
and the port. * Music * One event has the city
completely changed. The Olympic Games 1992. For this purpose in Barcelona
I’ve built an awful lot. And the 4 km long sandy beach was
I’d have poured it up on the ground. He didn’t exist before. Excuse me, are you from here? Yes. Do you know what it’s like to have this sculpture
is about? Yes, this sculpture reminds us
to the old stalls, that make it here on the beach
of Barceloneta. It was some kind of kiosk,
where you could eat? Exactly, it was
small, simple restaurants, where it’s fish
and meat dishes. At the weekend the families came
to come here for dinner. And why
aren’t they anymore? With the Olympic Games
a lot has changed here. The old snack stalls have been
demolished and new, modern built. And they’re not that great? It used to have more charm. It wasn’t all
as perfect as today. And I liked that. Yes, nostalgia. Thank you. Thank you. Ciao. On the promenade here one strolls with a direct view
on the skyline of Barcelona. Architecture in the sand reminds me
to the famous church of Gaudi. (speaking Spanish) Well, he says it’s something like that.
like the Sagrada Familia. There’s some towers missing. * Music * We leave Barceloneta
and return to the city centre. * Music * Now we’re on the Ramblas, the famous and
of the completely overcrowded promenade. Here lies one of
Barcelona’s top sights, the Boqueria. * Music * You enter a heaven
of culinary delights. An incredible sensory overload,
where you look. The Boqueria is the market
in Barcelona. There’s a lot of tourists here, but here.
the people who live here also buy. If you go any further in,
it gets more authentic. That’s something to look at,
absolutely. The fish offer is huge
and a magnet for tourists. It’s so crowded in front of the displays, that sometimes the locals
don’t feel like shopping here. We used to have
twice as many customers. And accordingly more
we sold. Now many tourists come
and less locals. It’s bad for our business. The bars and restaurants, however.
benefit from it. But we’re not. Since it is known that in the Boqueria. Goods of excellent quality
to buy, many Michelin-starred chefs come regularly
to come here and stock up. The best thing you can do
you can get some ham, is the Iberian ham. These two here
are bacon from pigs, which are exclusively covered with acorns
were nourished. They mature
between 4 and 4.5 years. That’s a great quality. And it costs 189 euros a kilo. * Music * Is this like Flor de Sal? It’s salt with lime for fish. Come in the backpack for you,
Salt crystals seasoned with lemon. To fish, for example, perfect. It’s very tasty. You can also
great food at the market. Fish or seafood and tapas,
the delicious Spanish appetizers. * Music * I’m going up the Ramblas.
about the Placa de Catalunya to the Passeig de Gràcia. My destination is Casa Milà,
the famous house of Antoni Gaudi. Because of the idiosyncratic facade they all call it La Pedrera,
the quarry. Over 1 million visitors a year. Gaudi without Barcelona is not possible. Barcelona without fun, neither. The round courtyard
is really spectacular. Hello. Can I have a brochure? Thank you. Thank you. What’s the building being used for?
used today? It is today partly
still a house to live in. Four families live here. That’s great. They’re fine here.
– But the many visitors? Can you look at an apartment?
– Yeah, right. Will you show it to me? Silvia shows me the museum apartment. Which immediately strikes me,
there’s no rough edges. Is all this original? Yes, everything. These ornaments here
were made with the thumb. It’s all beautiful. The kitchen
is in its original condition. Lights. The meaning of light. We had a sink like that, too.
in our house in Spain. It’s really made of stone. The house belongs stylistically
to modernism, of the Catalan variant
of Art Nouveau. I want to live here.
– I can understand that. So can I. Here’s the bathroom on the front left. Very fancy and big
for that time. Because, actually, hygiene
It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that they got a role. For the first time.
a real bathtub, a bidet and a bathing opener. All rooms at Casa Milà
are asymmetrical. The clients at the time, wealthy industrialists
of the Catalan bourgeoisie, were with the result, by the way.
I don’t think you’re very happy. Gaudi was a lunatic.
or a genius? Undoubtedly a genius. He had nothing at all
from a madman. Everything he did,
had meaning. Even the details,
that look like decoration. The same goes for the shapes of the objects,
e.g. doors or windows, had a function. There are no load-bearing walls here. Everything’s built on columns. That’s definitely the work.
of a genius, that was way ahead of its time. She loves him. * Music * I am now
also in love with Gaudi. Silvia infected me. When you have a heart
for ornaments and small details, you can get lost here. That’s why I’m coming for you.
can also lose each other, this book in your backpack. All little details, ornaments,
door handles, tiles, ceiling details from the Gaudi houses. In the backpack, con carino, as they say here,
with a lot of love. But the highlight of the Casa Milà,
the Pedrera, is the roof terrace, where that night
a great spectacle. * Music: Freddie Mercury
“Barcelona” * # The wind is a gentle breeze. El me hablo de ti. The bells are ringing out. They’re calling us together. # The projection
on the Gaudi chimneys told by
The Master’s sources of inspiration, the forms of nature. * Music: Freddie Mercury
“Barcelona” * # Barcelona. It was the first time that we met. Barcelona. How can I forget? # * Music * So, and at the end of this first day.
I’ll take a cab to the hotel. Driving a cab is a little bit
cheaper than in Germany. * Music * Awesome. Not half a day in Barcelona
and I’ve been through so much. My hotel is centrally located in the district Eixample
in an old mansion. What it looks like inside,
I’ll show you in the morning. Buenas noches. Now I’ll show you my room. Come with me. That’s where I live. Here you go. Around the corner
is a closet. And a little bath. Here I have a balcony. You’re only allowed
don’t open that door. Then you understand
his own word anymore. * Noise * It’s even quiet now. I tried to sleep like this. You let it happen. And you’re all for it
in the middle of Barcelona. Until a few years ago,
they told me, there were only five rooms here. Now it’s 12. In hotels this small.
is much easier to find Contact to other guests
and the employee. Good morning, sir.
– Good morning, sir. How’s it goin’?
– Thank you, good. With you?
– Yeah, great. We’ll take your tips to heart.
– Really? Have you done a lot? Yes, yesterday we had
some work done. – Good, good, good. Restaurants too? What was the name yesterday? Yesterday we were
to Cervecería Catalana. Today they want to go to Montjuïc. How about you? What are you gonna do, man?
– I’d like to do that once in a while. I wanted a tip from you.
– Which one? Somehow, then, Sagrada Familia,
I thought maybe. Yeah, okay. You have to, don’t you? Yes, you do,
but I have a great tip. Sagrada Familia is very full. Whatever you could do,
is Hospital de San Pablo. It’s a great building. And that’s really something great. And not so many people. I’m having a little
to get some stuff, I’ll have some time. Do you want in? Do you dare
with me? I got a Vespa. You did?
– On the scooter. Wow, they drive like executioners,
I almost said. You’re in the middle of this?
– Yes, it is. Yeah, but I’m not wild. Or just sometimes. Do we believe her? Yessica’s tip sounds good. The Hospital de Sant Pau
is located in the Eixample district, very close to the hotel. Eixample means extension
in Catalan. As the end of the 19th century.
the old town had become too small, this neighborhood was born. With the chessboard-like
road layout and the square blocks of houses. There are over 1,000 Art Nouveau buildings.
in Eixample. Among them the famous church
Sagrada Familia. And next door is the hospital,
that with Yessica, and some spectators
I’ve recommended. The Lobby
of the Hospital de Sant Pau rather reminiscent of a church
than to a hospital. That’s nice. It’s dreamlike. If you think about it,
this is the entrance area. How many people came in here,
who were in a really bad way. Then they’ll see. From above, the hospital
more like a small town. It was built
of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the most important of the
Representatives of Modernism. All buildings here were traversed by an underground
tunnel system with each other. So the patients could quickly from one complex to the other
can be relocated. This is where I meet Mercè. She explains to me, that the magnificent decorations
were not created by chance. It was felt
that a beautiful environment positive for recovery
of the patients. This is the O.R. House. Look, there’s a lot to do.
a big glass front downstairs. Besides, the light comes
from above and from behind into the room. All buildings are in
perfect north-south alignment. That’s why there’s
inside so much daylight. In every building was another medical
in the same field. Until 2009, the hospital was
in operation. Today it is a museum and a library. Let me show you something.
a hospital room. This is the
Original structure of the pavilion. It hasn’t been restored yet. Look, 8-meter ceilings. The room was for
28 patients planned. 28 beds fit in here. The tiles are green
like the trees outside. This is how nature
in front of the patients. It is an important element
with the modernists. In this case, there is still
a therapeutic meaning. The patient is in the
permanent contact with nature. Lush gardens surround the pavilions. Flowers bloom everywhere. The plants
were part of the therapy. So are the smells. A beautiful view
should contribute to recovery. Of course, the treatment by
the doctors and nurses was the most important thing. But also factors such as the outlook
and the gardens with medicinal plants the well-being
of the patient. Since 1997 the hospital has been
de Sant Pau UNESCO World Heritage Site. This means that 9 buildings
in Barcelona this title. That’s a record for a city. Worldwide. That’s a real insider tip. In the middle of town,
not much going on, super beautiful. You can really come down here. Make sure. But now the Sagrada Familia
just a stone’s throw away. That’s where we’re going. World monument, landmark of the city,
Visitor magnet. And once again: UNESCO World Heritage Site. * Music * World Cultural Heritage,
but still not finished. The building has been going on here for 134 years. Architect Antoni Gaudi
has planned 18 towers. It’s only eight. On Gaudi’s 100th anniversary of his death in 2026.
the Sagrada shall be completed. Gaudi once said,
God is my customer, and he’s in no hurry,
so I can take my time, too. The inside of the church
but it’s almost done. It rests on columns that are connected to a
white forest of stones. Light falls
as if through a light canopy of leaves. Nature was also here
Gaudi’s teacher. The construction alone through entrance fees
and donations. Coming daily
between 5,000 and 9,000 visitors. Gaudi’s blueprints and most of the
his records were discovered in the Spanish Civil War
destroyed. research scientists
took decades, to get behind the building principle. Since then, no one has doubted
Gaudi’s genius. * Music * Now I’m, like, on a date, with my hostess
from the hotel. Yessica had me
on a scooter ride. * Music * We drive to the cathedral La Seu
in the middle of the old center. Yessica wants to tell me the gothic quarter
and the district of El Born, which together form the old town. Here you can explore everything on foot. In the Gothic quarter Barcelona shows
a whole different face again. Thick walls, narrow alleys, most architectural monuments
date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Yessica, by the way
speaks German so well, because her mother
and her husband are Germans. She used to work in the fashion industry.
I’ve been working for a long time. Until she had the idea,
to open a hotel in Barcelona. * Music * It’s an old place. There’s a lot of different
from these stores. But unfortunately, they disappear. The shop and its old shelves
and counters are nostalgic. The goods, however, modern
and pretty weird. You sell candles
in any form imaginable. And the owls, how sweet. What does owl mean in Spanish? Buho.
– Buho. What a beautiful word. How fitting, isn’t it? We’ll take a buhoho.
for the backpack. A white one, right? * Music * El Born, where we are now,
is Yessica’s favorite neighborhood. Medieval squares
rich history and alleyways so narrow that it’s
the sun can barely get in. In the middle of it the cathedral
Santa Maria del Mar. The Gothic church was built in the 14th century. in record time
built by only 55 years. Here you can hear the loud Barcelona
a few minutes ago. In the alleys behind the cathedral there are select beautiful shops,
Restaurants and bars. Born has been a very important
has developed into a trendy neighborhood. Many creative people
have settled here. * Music * Yessica knows in the neighborhood
a young man, who has a very special restaurant
for a long time. She gives me the tip,
to have dinner there tonight. Joel’s Australian,
he’s from Tasmania. Here in the district El Born
he goes shopping every day. The market of Santa Caterina
is one of his favorite places. Hi. How are you? Good? What have you got there today? Delicious tomatoes.
Try this. She’s hard
and has a little acidity. If you like her angry,
these are exactly the right ones. My way of cooking with these incredible
ingredients and products together. There’s not much to do,
that it tastes fantastic. Naturally fresh and from the best
Quality must be its ingredients. Joel always takes the test. It’s part of his shopping ritual. Wow. Wow. Joel’s in on a trend,
which now exists worldwide. Passionate chefs invite others
people to their homes. Of course it’s paid. One learns of the dates
on an internet platform, where you can also make reservations. There are over 500 hosts worldwide. Tonight he’s expecting 9 guests.
for a five-course dinner. Thanks to Yessica.
I’ll get you a seat, too. Joel buys most of the ingredients
at the last moment. I’d like some olives.
– Which one? Did you get the Gordals? Yeah. The hot ones? I love shopping here. Not just because of the products,
but because of the atmosphere. This feels so real,
quite different from the supermarket. Here you always have someone who says,
try this or try this. I like that. In the district of El Born there are some of these
old-established specialty shops. This is where the boss herself collects the money. Joel studied economics. The love of cooking
began with him as a child. His grandfather was Catalan.
and passionate cook. With him, he has
I got to know the Mediterranean cuisine. The rest
he taught himself. A few years ago
he was on “EatWith.” “EatWith” is an online platform, with the cooks and people,
who love cooking, their own restaurants
I’d like to be able to open a new office at home. I have a huge roof terrace,
where I’m having these dinners. It’s a good alternative.
for a cook, not working at the restaurant. So you can
do your own thing. The guests book the menus online and then come to your restaurant.
to your house. Yessica and I are still
in the maze of streets of Born. We do that,
what you do best around here: Let yourself drift. Even at the risk,
to lose orientation. It doesn’t matter, ’cause you can get
always in a nice place. It’s a café with us.
in a cozy courtyard. It’s very, very cool here. How do you say cool in Spanish?
Culo? Culo. Or cool. I always hear culo.
– But they also say cool. But it’s not just a cafe.
Is that a flea market? It’s a project. Because they do, so integrations, for people,
who are having trouble. They make…
But everything is a product… Look, you see that lemonade? They’re all eco. What’s it called? (speaks Spanish)
– Sustainability. Very modern.
– Yeah, that’s it. And kilometro cero means… All regional products.
– That’s it. And it’s about that. It’s a social, a little social, a little social.
for the whole settlement. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, if you saw that,
they have a garden here, too. This is a project
of the whole area. Cute. Here you can garden with others,
every Wednesday. – That’s it. I think they even work there. There’s a group like that. The neighborhood’s making itself
his own vegetables. You can work with us,
you can just buy it. Anyone can get involved,
as he pleases. – That’s it. Such neighborhood gardens
are a movement against alienation
in a growing one, touristically overcrowded city. You, my dear.
– Do you have to? – I have to. It was so nice with you.
– Yeah, it was really nice. It was cool. With you on the Vespa.
I thought that was very cool. That you were so brave. I trusted you.
– I’ve seen it. She said you had to get close to her.
so we can be one. You, we’ll take another picture.
before we say goodbye. Yeah, a great idea.
It was so nice at your hotel. Are you? I need you to tell me.
to the police. – I’ll send it to you. I’ll see what I can do. Great. In Born I could
I’d like to spend the whole day with you. There’s such weird business. In this gallery 3-dimensional layer photos are created
was sold. With Barcelona motifs. The Parque Güell. Sagrada Familia. Casa Paco. I’d like to buy that, please. Look, you take that off. There’s a rubber on the back here. And with that you can just
to the wall. – How convenient. In Born, there’s a whole
own creative and design scene. With young people and cool ideas. You can go to the workshops
I’d take a look at them most of the time. And let them explain to you,
how things are done. Olá.
– Olá. The different levels of the
of the photos on top of each other. I buy a Barcelona-Born picture
for the backpack. Gracias.
– Gracias. * Music * I have here
a very nice date. Joel will cook for me and us. I’ve got to go
take the next right. * Music * Hello, nice to meet you. I’m Joel. Andrea, perfect, come in. Your bike?
– Yeah, right. Come with me, I’ll show you
the terrace where the dinner is. How nice. This is Andrea.
– Nice to meet you. This is Claudia. Cheers. Where did you come from? Minnesota. So far away. And how did you come up with Joel? TripAdvisor, we’ve been
and we’re excited about it. We try in Barcelona
I’ll change it. That’s cool. The guests from Germany have Joel
German bread brought along. It’s easy to get into a conversation. No wonder about the atmosphere. No matter how the food goes, Roof terrace and view
are sensational. * Music * In this minikitchen Joel conjures up
the five-course meal for us. In the center of the 1st gear
there are giant tomatoes, that he’s going to
garlic and almond cream. And then there’s mozzarella,
homemade pesto, green tomatoes, baby kiwis
and a dash of herb dressing. Okay, guys. Here comes some food. I’ll pass that on. This is a tomato festival. * Music * Besides America and Germany there are still people from Argentina
and Spain at the table. People from the wild chat
in English about God and the world, while from the kitchen
surprises come all the time. In the next corridor there is Pulpo
and mussels on aubergine cream with Argentine chimichurri sauce. * Music * Julio Iglesias. One of my idols. It’s been a while.
a little older when he was 33. It’s antiquarian.
Is that a real record? That’s how old
Joel didn’t. I’ll have to ask him right now. I’ve got the Julio Iglesias record.
discovered. It’s a lifestyle. I love his music. # Nathalie. # So, the carrots are okay. The chicken in Sherry still needs it. How many people
have already told you, that you look like Jamie Oliver? Too many.
I’d have to put on weight. That’s not what I said. High above the rooftops of Barcelona. That’s a whole different matter,
than eating in a restaurant. * Music * Thank you. * Music * All guests have online
reserved for the evening. The Internet is also used for payment. Here we go.
the figs on it. It doesn’t have to be too perfect. Not too perfect, that’s good,
Then I can help you. Oh, great. That’s a dark
Orange bitter jam. You always think he’s done,
and then there’s something else. It’s dark chocolate.
for decoration. You want me to help?
– I’ll be fine. Joel’s dessert composition sees
really looks like a work of art. Okay. (laughs) (all) Wow. * Music: George Ezra
“Barcelona” * # Barcelona,
I still long to hold her once more. Oh. Oh. Oh. My boots of leather from Europe
I gather, you know. # There are moments in life
that’s worth getting up early for. When the sun rises, the view is
from Park Güell to the city just unbelievably beautiful. Once again it was the
most famous architect Gaudí, that’s the one who’s gonna make
in the fairytale park responsible for this. This is spectacular. I know you don’t see anything.
But that’s exactly what it is. There are no people here.
And it’s only early in the morning. Between 6 and 8
the entrance to Park Güell is free. Then you can go free here.
to look out over this insane city, without 15 to 30 people
to stand in front of you. Actually, the park was supposed to be
a housing estate with 60 villas in nature. The industrialist Eusebi Güell Gaudí had
with the design. But there were no buyers. I guess everything was a little too unusual.
for those times. I learned from Silvia,
Gaudí’s got a purpose, every little thing. So this isn’t just
a sweet dragon, but he’s guarding the entire
underground water supply. And through these columns the rainwater flows
into the underground water depot. And his ear, by the way.
an old bottle bottom. The columned hall
was meant to be a marketplace. A housing estate is from the artistically designed
Terrain never become painful. Only the architect himself
lived here for several years. At 9 o’clock the tourists arrive. Today it’s all a park,
for which you have to pay admission. Otherwise it would be too crowded. * Music * Here we go. From Park Güell it goes into the centre,
again to the Catedral la Seu in the old town. Every Sunday there is a public
Sardana. It’s the Catalan folk dance. I admired that when I was a kid, because those beautiful lace-up shoes
and dance in red and white. I don’t think you bother them,
they just do their thing. Anyone can join in. And there’s always someone around,
to show you how it’s done. Sardana is danced in 6/8 time. * Music * If the circle’s too big,
a new one immediately forms. It’s not that easy,
to stay in tune with the rhythm. Sardana is a symbol
of Catalan identity. Under the dictatorship of Franco-
The dance was forbidden by the regime. Just like that
as the Catalan language itself. The leader of our group
says to me in Catalan, that I’ve done well. It’s not easy. They dance so beautifully. Now I’m going out for a bit. To Castelldefels.
on the Costa Brava. This is
a very special place for me. 20 minutes by train
to Castelldefels, a suburb of Barcelona. I used to come here as a kid.
For six years. My daddy was at Siemens.
we’ve moved a lot. And that was one of our stations. I’m looking, of course.
see what I recognize. And I’m real.
a little excited. 15 years ago
it was the last time I was here. Let’s see,
if I could find our house again. Castelldefels
was never really pretty, but I’m beginning to get the feeling
Childhood memories back up. Every morning, the first thing we do
to the market. My mother,
my sister and I. And the Spanish housewives are
I went shopping in my dressing gown. With curlers and slippers. That was awesome. I’d like to know,
if that’s still the case today. But it’s too late now. There’s a girlfriend up there.
I’m used to. Montse. That was a Spanish family. Even a little
the houses of that time. Montse is a typical name here. There should be our house over there. If I recognize it.
I hope it’s still there. That’s 21. Yes, it is. But they rebuilt it.
The entrance was over there. That was our front door. That was a lower goal,
That’s where we’re in. And on the ground floor.
we used to live here. That wall wasn’t there yet. Do you know who lives here? Yes, it says here Nicholas Obiero. I don’t know him. As a child.
lived here. – Oh, really? I don’t think they’re here.
– No, I’m not. Too bad. If they’re not there,
I’ll leave a notification here. I can’t take it. Thank you. I’ll take care of it.
– You, too. Ciao. The Vessinos lived next door. The neighbours, the Ariniho family. Let’s have a look,
if there’s anything recognizable. And in the middle of this yard.
there was a lemon tree. That was all the pride
of Senor Ariniho. He planted it,
and then the first lemon grew. He told us that every day. When this first holy lemon
was ripe, I don’t know,
what devil has ridden me, I went with my sister. We picked these.
and stole it. And that was such a drama,
That was terrible. Because the neighbor cried. And here, too, I suppose.
my love for cats began. We had five cats. And if we called them to dinner.
at least 10 came in. They all thought we were nuts. Living in Castelldefels was great. Because it’s right by the sea. That was a dream for us kids. Right here or maybe there too
we’d sit on weekends. The whole family
under the parasol, Cooling box
with sandwiches. Nothing was bought on the beach,
you had it all with you. It wasn’t a vacation,
just a weekend. Then you could hear from a distance:
Helado, helado. The ice man. If we were good, we would have
Three girls until he passed us, the parents soft-talked
and get some ice cream. Sometimes it worked. * Music * It’s pretty exciting,
such an excursion into the past. And beautiful. If you want a day off from
Barcelona, go to Sitges. This is the next place
to Castelldefels. It’s worth it. Actually, Sitges
a very normal little town by the sea. City beach, behind it a
Palm-lined beach promenade. But here it is
a special mood. For Sitges is and was
an artist’s place. At the end of the 19th century.
because of the beautiful light. But they escaped here too.
the bourgeois narrowness of Barcelona. In Sitges is
the calendar of events a little fuller than anywhere else. Also today finds here
a folk festival took place. The Catalans wear proudly again
their traditions through the streets. The gigantes, the giant dolls,
are everywhere. The problem is the height
and balance. It’s more a question of technique.
than the strength not to tip over. Come on, let’s go. The traditions are currently
especially active, because the Catalans want
from the rest of Spain. * Music * In the artistic stronghold of Sitges
but also over many years a particularly liberal
and cosmopolitan climate. It’s to the dream destination
of many faggots. On the beach there are innumerable
Men in tight trunks. From the excursion to the Costa Brava
it goes back to Barcelona. More precisely, the El Poblenou district. That used to be
a large industrial zone. Today grows in here
of the future. With gigantic architecture. The Torre Agbar is an example
for architectural avant-garde in Poblenou. Right in the middle of it the creative centre
Palo Alto on an old factory site. There are 250 graphic artists working here,
Architects, Artists and advertising professionals. Pretty new
is the PALO ALTO MARKET. Every first weekend of the month.
here art, design and good food. Half of Barcelona is queuing up,
to get in. Young Barcelona,
the creative, the crazy. * Music * I’m with Paula. Your uncle, a known
Designer, owns the site. Together with him, she spent months the 150 exhibitors
personally selected. Can you imagine
Do you want a haircut? Yeah, people will get involved right away. Hair
are cut very quickly. The cut will be ready in 20 minutes. 3 good hairdresser’s shops
from Barcelona. And they take turns. I’ve never seen that before. The area was in the 19th century.
a leather factory. A great scenery,
an oasis of lush green. Barcelona is really hip here. All weekend long there are gigs
of artists and musicians. * Music * The PALO ALTO MARKET
is an initiative, which has emerged from the economic crisis
has arisen. For many young people
it’s been hard ever since, to gain a foothold professionally. The city has always been
full of creative people, a city of fashion and design. The idea was to use the Palo Alto site
to open up to the whole city. So a social idea, too?
– Absolutely. Social, cultural and for all. Great, that must look good on you.
to your red jacket. Okay, the idea was,
to create a platform for people from Barcelona,
who really do great projects. We wanted to give them
a flexible option, to exhibit their work
and for sale. Through the crisis are the possibilities
has become much smaller. Expensive infrastructure. E.g. business premises for rent,
can hardly be afforded anymore. Creative restlessness in times of crisis
donate and make something new out of it,
that’s going down well. Even people are coming.
from Berlin. – No way. I swear to God. Berlin is already here,
because it’s so cool with Paula. In this hall, above all
Furniture, bags, jewelry, a lot of fashion at all. Most exhibitors
coming from Barcelona and produce their goods
even here in the country. Now we come to the stand
of the Barcelona-Berlin-Connection. This is Pau Esteve. Hello. Oh, it’s the T-shirts. You’re the models. Qué bien, qué bien. It’s an urban design. We did, Pau Esteve,
we had founded in Berlin and from there we have been
in Barcelona, to get to the production thing.
to continue here in Spain. But we still sell
in Germany. Several shops in Berlin
and also in Munich. And these are German deer then,
Bavarian deer? – That’s it. Sure, what else? I’m looking for something for the backpack,
but I like it so much myself. Look away. No, she’s going in the backpack. Hola.
– Hola. * Music * You see right, here it goes to the fishes
with tweezers to the collar. We are in the
the hottest tapas bar in town. It’s called Tickets Bar and belongs to
the best-known representative of “molecular cuisine”, Ferran Adrià. In a few hours.
the store opens, and we are allowed
to watch the preparations being made. The chef is conjuring up smoky pineapple sorbet
with nitrogen. He learned that from Albert Adrià,
of his mark Patissier and brother of Ferran. Both have their restaurant El Bulli
closed and several other restaurants
open. Here we have our
“spherical olives”. You are a reminiscence
to El Bulli. They’ve always been there, too. We’re always trying to keep
to develop your own language. But the olives
we keep as a memory. For those of you
who don’t know our olives, they are a
Big taste surprise. Molecular olives burst in the mouth
and melt on the tongue like an oil-filled candy. In the kitchen of the Adrià brothers.
20 cooks work, which are the dishes of molecular cuisine
constantly develop further. The creations have unusual
Flavour combinations. It’s a brand,
that they didn’t give us. We deserve it. We started in El Bulli, the gastronomy
in some way. It is the consequence
years of hard work. With discipline and continuity. And here we’re trying the same thing. I.e. every day anew. Discipline and control,
are constantly improving. Before it starts at 6:30,
the team strengthens. The chef
gives final instructions. To get that tapas bar
there’s been such a hype, that you have to spend at least 2 months
I have to make a reservation in advance. It’s full every night. The exciting appetizers
have only size-wise what to do with a tapa. They cost
between 4 and 20 euros a piece. With 100 Euro per person
so you have to do the math. There’s a single
Aromatic roasted shrimp. Next door, you eat oysters.
with a “molecular bead”. What a culinary art. You even scare off
not back from it, the fish fillets with the in-house
to be branded. By the way, the guests can
Look in the open kitchen. The chefs here don’t have any
Afraid they’ll be copied. These foams, jellies and infusions
no one can imitate it anyway. The Guests
come from all over the world. This tapas bar has been open since 2015.
on the list of the world’s top 50 restaurants. It goes without saying that even the really big ones
like Shakira, Mark Zuckerberg. or Sean Penn by. From the fantasy kitchen
back to real life. For the rest of the evening.
I’m off to Vila de Gràcia
north of the city. Gràcia has many beautiful places. You are
the living room of the people here. Life
is usually played outdoors. If you want to see people from Barcelona
I want to get to know, should stop by here. The tourists have the neighborhood
I haven’t found him yet. It wasn’t that long ago, when Gràcia was still a village
at the gates of Barcelona. And village
this still feels like it. All these nice shops and bars.
Looks cute. And here, Vermouth. Wormwood seems to be
to be the top drink. I’ve never drunk that before,
I’m doing now. Hi. Could you please make me
a Vermouth? – I’d love to. That’s what’s all the rage right now,
is it? – Yes, it is. What’s the matter with you? To tell you the truth,
I don’t know. For some time now
this is in vogue. Especially the foreigners
are totally into it. Every day I sell
at least 2 bottles. Sometimes more. Up to 5 l. People like it,
there’s something refreshing about it. Now I’m curious. Salud. Salud. A little bit like a throat candy. Gràcia is really
a nice neighborhood. Not so full
like the rest of Barcelona. Not so many tourists either,
there’s a lot of locals here. It’s relaxing to walk here. Look at this. Dancing. And Swing just seems to be
to be a really big topic here. That’s what
I’ve told a lot of people, Barcelona has been a
in swing fever. On many places
is danced spontaneously in summer. * Music * You can get to Vermouth in Barcelona
not over. They’re offering him casero,
so homemade. Typically, it appears that
Water from the siphon. Maybe that’s what
for the backpack. If you win it, you know,
where the Vermouth came from. Not from the supermarket.
from this typical Spanish bar. Hola.
– Hola. I’d like to be
a Vermouth bottle with a siphon. How much do you want? One, I’ll take it with me. You want a bag? No, it’s in the bag. Why would you mix that up
with water? Normally you drink
the Vermouth very cold. That’s enough. But some find it too strong.
and add soda from the siphon. So just a little more
Mineral water. Oh, I see. Perfect. Perfect. You try pure first. If you don’t like it,
you add some of this to it. All right, thank you very much. Get in the backpack, the original
Vermouth-Barcelona pack. Next to the district Gràcia
there’s a boulevard with another
fantastic Gaudí house. It’s Casa Batlló. With an especially
playful facade. * Music: En Vogue
“Don’t Let Go” * # Runnin in and outta my life
has got me so confused. # Here tonight on
a concert took place on the terrace. It sings Marga Mbande,
a soul singer from Barcelona. # For the sake of you and I.
Together we could make it right. Don’t you want to be. Can’t keep a running. In and outta my life
outta my outta my life. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Don’t you, don’t you
I can’t pretend. Don’t let go, don’t let go,
don’t let go. # The 4 days go by fast. Good morning, Barcelona,
you great city. The harbour cable car was
for the 1929 World’s Fair. But not finished until three years later. * Music: George Ezra
” Barcelona” * # Barcelona, I still long
to hold her once more. # She’s taking her passengers
to Barcelona’s local mountain. The Montjuic. On the other side of the mountain.
enthroned above all the Palau Nacional. Also built for the world exhibition. Here today is the Catalan
National Museum. In Barcelona I am often fascinated by
the fancy ideas, that people here have. The Montjuic can be seen at the early
Tomorrow we’ll explore at a run. Sightjogging’s what it’s called. And these gentlemen
are just getting ready. On the track today
we explore the Montjuic, an important mountain
in the history of Barcelona. I’ll tell you what.
about what you can see. But most of all, what you don’t see. * Music * As a normal Barcelona tourist.
you need for the Montjuic visit at least half a day. The Sightjoggers
can do it easily in 2 hours. Here from Montjuic you have some of the best prospects
on the city. Right in front of you
is the Collserola Mountains. In Barcelona there are
on one side the sea, the mountains on the other side. And left and right
one river at a time. That’s why Barcelona can
not expand at will. But the running tour also leads to
to the most important competition sites of the 1992 Olympic Games. You see
pretty empty and abandoned, although here
is still playing sports. But that’s not the most important thing,
Joan says. He’s praising Olympia again,
it changed Barcelona, from the city
a thriving metropolis. This place also reminds us to the Olympic Games in Munich
1936. During the Nazi regime.
in Germany. In Barcelona they had the idea
to a Counter Olympics. In order to fight
games abused by the Nazis to protest. About 6,000 athletes came here,
to be there. But then I broke
the Spanish Civil War. And a lot of athletes made up their minds,
to stay in Spain. Instead of going back home, they fought with the Republicans.
against the Franco regime. * Music * One thing’s for sure, absolute run beginner one should
I can’t be on this tour. * Music * Below the Montjuic
is the El Raval neighborhood, that leads to the old port
and the old town borders. This is old next to young,
I’ve cleaned up all the time. At the Macba, the museum
for contemporary art, the skater scene meets. * Music * Barcelona is in Europe
Skateboard City No. 1, say the experts. There are many places that are suitable
and the weather is always nice. Professionals come, make videos. a whole lifestyle
has evolved. * Music * One street down
you feel a different mood. Less action,
hardly any tourists, many different
Nationalities. And also one or the other
dark corner. When I was
I’ve prepared for Barcelona, I found this page. This is a blog from Gabriela with
many great tips about the city. Perfect for hidden corners
to get to know the other. When you write to bloggers,
they answer immediately. Now I can hit them. She offered me,
to show me some corners of Raval. Supernett. I realize after 50 meters, that there’s a quarter
is full of contrasts. That’s why Gabriela finds it here.
as exciting. What kind of graffiti is that? This is from Keith Haring. He was asked,
to make a mural. And he was allowed
pick the wall for it. He liked this neighborhood,
where the walls were full of grease. Where there was prostitution and drugs. He liked that. The graffiti tells of AIDS,
safe sex and these issues. This is street art?
– That’s right, I did. Until a few years ago, the Raval was wickedest place
of Barcelona. In the course of the Olympic Games
the neighborhood was rehabilitated. Crime’s gone down. But you shouldn’t be here
a little more watch one’s back
than the rest of Barcelona. Is that supposed to be a cat?
– Raval’s cat. Pretty fat. Like all sculptures or paintings.
of Botero. You don’t know if you’re gonna
I’m supposed to find beautiful or ugly. Bit ugly, isn’t it? People like her. They’re putting stuff on it,
the kids climb it, and you take pictures. * Music * For your internet blog
interviews Gabriela interesting people
from art, culture and economy, who have something special
in Barcelona. She’s hoping it’ll help her
to set up a network, that she might have
can profit from. Because Gabriela has a hard time,
like many others her age, to find work in Barcelona. For years Spain has been
not very good. What does the crisis mean for you?
and your generation? It’s true that my generation
which is the first in decades, who is poorer
than your own parents. You don’t see this poverty.
at first glance, because we have the support
of our parents and still live with them. Or other forms of help,
there are several possibilities. That’s why we seem less poor,
than we really are. A lot of people left, too, didn’t they?
– Yes, it is. A lot of people my age are in
other European countries have gone or anywhere else in the world. We’re a lost generation.
Many are far away. That’s kind of sad, too.
for Barcelona, because there’s a lot
potential is gone. From which the city
can no longer profit now. Nearly 40% of under 35s
in Spain can’t find a job. Like Gabriela they are
very well trained, have studied
and learned foreign languages and actually had
big plans for life. From the economic crisis
you don’t notice anything on the Ramblas, of Barcelona’s promenade, about which daily
more than 200,000 people. Here we meet the photographer
Marc Javierre-Kohan. * Music * In his book Tourist Walk.
he shows with his photos the most different facets
of tourism. I criticize
with my work on the Ramblas, that mass tourism has become
the public space. I think the city is being exploited.
and only a few profit from it. Only London, Paris and Berlin are
even more popular for city breaks. Almost 8 million visitors
come every year. The promenade in the centre
suffers from it. The Ramblas are out of consciousness.
the Barcelonian disappeared. We avoid coming here. What’s the matter with you? Because that’s no longer
Barcelona is. Everything is on tourism
aligned. The Ramblas used to be
a place to stroll. One place,
where the social life took place. Not only on the Ramblas.
Barcelona has a mass problem. The city with its cultural
Highlights are always packed. On the beach
it doesn’t look any different. In the meantime
veritable protest movements against tourism. In the neighborhoods
posters remind you to be quiet. Where’s Born’s soul gone?
it says on this banner. Particularly critical
see many inhabitants the renting of apartments
to tourists. This increases the rents
also for the locals, who have to move away because of it. Barcelona is ahead
a challenge, Marc says. Although tourists bring money.
but they don’t want to be a second Venice. How to make this development
can stop? There has been a moratorium for the approval of new hotels
for a year. I think Barcelona must have
Reduce tourist numbers, so that the city
is going to be so interesting again, as it actually is for the
Barcelonians and the visitors. I want you to have a good time.
and don’t get angry. * Music * Mass tourism has led
completely changed the city. And only the tourism lobby and the
Hotel owners get some of that. So far, the city council
just focused on that, that more tourists are coming. But what we really need is
less of this cheap tourism. When the quality increases, the people
more money in the city. But first of all
the city must come to rest. And now I’m also a
from the tourists, that come to Placa Reial, because it’s so beautiful here
and there’s always something going on. * Music * Before my journey ends, but I’d really like
to the sea again. So off to La Barceloneta. * Music * Even if in summer
the waves aren’t huge, surfing is an issue here. A bit part of the lifestyle
like skateboarding. For one round Stand Up Paddling
the waves here are enough. At the sculpture of Barceloneta
a group meets, who makes a special tour. It has something to do with surfing.
Florian explains what it’s about. We are Surf & Help, a club,
who has set himself the target, Surfing with the environment
and social projects. Especially the tour today
is an example for exactly this combination. On this special tour it’s about surfing
and sustainable tourism. Participants should register for
sensitize their own actions. Because anyone who’s involved
overcrowded beach, leaves its mark. Like in the form of garbage. Stand Up Paddling
is the first item on the programme. Actually, it’s not that hard. If you know some tricks
and it works with the standing up. Theoretical
a beginner-friendly sport. Only when a wave comes,
you’re in the water fast. Stand Up Paddling
is a good whole body workout, because every muscle
that has to be tightened, to stay on the board. * Music * It was great, but I’m at least four times
into the water. It’s harder,
than I had thought. In the legs it costs quite a bit
Power to maintain balance. But it’s really fun. After the Stand Up Lesson
the special part of the tour follows. Now it’s about getting the beach
to clean something up in this zone. We concentrate
and we’re going for cigarette butts. This summer we have
started a campaign. With the goal,
18,000 cigarettes. We’ve almost reached our goal. And now we need you. Maybe it’s funny, on his vacation
to voluntarily collect cigarettes. But the participants know that sharpens the awareness of it,
how to behave as a tourist. A problem with what we’re doing.
to realize over and over again, the perception
from a cigarette butt, it doesn’t matter. That’s a little paper. and not a real environmental factor. Reality is, a cigarette butt
is a chemical bomb. We have
a very toxic filter, that’s in most cigarettes. He’s breaking apart into the tiniest of pieces.
Microparts that end up in the ocean. Statistics say a cigarette butt
dirty 50 l water. If you can’t get that information
a little more to the people, it’s a small step,
to change his behavior. That’s the step,
that we still have to go. After 1/4 h
is a 2 l bottle full. Once you’ve
has become aware of it, You get scared of how many
cigarette butts in the sand. I smoke once in a while
I’ve had one. And just on the beach,
at night nice and relaxed. I’ve always known,
It’s not awesome, his cigarette butts
to leave you here. But that there’s so many of them.
that it pollutes the water so much, I didn’t know. I think it’s totally good, to get the attention
to get to the topic. * Music * When I walked through the alleys.
of Barceloneta, comes to mind,
what Marc the photographer had said. If there’s a neighborhood
many tourist apartments to rent, the negative effect
on the representative list of rents. On Barceloneta
that’s especially true. There’s gonna be trouble.
The posters up there. (reads Spanish text) Warm
welcome dear tourist. If you rent an apartment here, you are destroying the socio-cultural
Life in this part of town. And further down it says: But don’t worry about it,
make it nice here, enjoy your stay. So it’s already a little chink. It’s in Barcelona
just the mood so, that they’ll find,
there’s too many tourists here. And in this part of town. people can’t go on
pay their own rents. And next to it, you show flag,
the Barrio, district flag of La Barceloneta. We’re still staying here, right? Places like the Bar Electricitat
is what makes Barceloneta so attractive. This place is just like it used to be. There’s a tapas bar.
for over 100 years. There were fishermen sitting
for a morning pint here. Now it’s
a motley audience with a lot of locals. So a
Spanish tapas bar: loud, full and delicious. There’s Vermouth, of course. It’ll be in proper style.
filled in plastic bottles. You eat fresh seafood,
Tortilla and everything, what the tapas heart desires. * Music * In a small shop on the market I’m looking for a last one.
Gift for your backpack. There’s some nice stuff here that all of us
have a connection to the sea and the beach. * Music * It won’t be the hat,
but a towel for the beach. That’s nice, isn’t it? My 4 days in Barcelona
are coming to an end. This metropolis by the sea has me
packed once again. It’s hard for me to break up with you.
from this beautiful city and the people with
that special attitude to life. Adeo, adiós and bye. * Music * Copyright WDR 2017