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Modern Architecture Tour Bilbao

See the most important modern architectural works in Bilbao

Our Bilbao Modern Architecture Tour goes to the most significant works of modern architecture in Bilbao.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s Bilbao was still a highly problematic city with a high degree of pollution and industrialization. But the building of the Guggenheim museum changed this, and over the next decade Bilbao was turned into a highly innovative, green and prosperous city. This is called the Guggenheim-effect and is an example of how to invest in green development and urbanization in an extremely positive way meaning a long-living effect.

However, the construction of the Guggenheim museum is not an isolated event: many other important works of architecture was constructed in the same period, and so the Guggenheim museum must be seen in a wider context.

The route of our Bilbao Modern Architecture Tour includes masterpieces such as the Azkuna Zentroa Alhóndiga by Philippe Starck, the Deusto University by Francisco de Cubas, Santiago Calatrava’s bridge and hotels like Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao and the Bilbao Design building – and of course the Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry.

Suggested itinerary for the Bilbao Modern Architecture Tour

The itinerary below is a suggestion but we can personalize the route and include other building that you might be interested in.
  • IMB studio: Santa María Josefa Church
  • Carlos Ferrater: the Bilbao Design building
  • Pedro Ispizua: Ribera Market
  • Norman Foster: Metro Station
  • Philippe Starck (reformation of the historic building): Azkuna Zentroa Alhóndiga
  • Santiago Calatrava: The Zubizuri bridge crossing the Nervion River, with added elements of Arata Isosaki.
  • Álvaro Siza: Bizkaia Aretoa
  • Juan Batanero: Puente de la Salve/Salve Bridge (with added elements by Daniel Buren)
  • Ferdinand Joseph Arnodin: Bizkaia Brige
  • Frank Gehry: The Guggenheim Museum.
Details and prices of the Bilbao Modern Architecture Tour
Duration of the Modern Architecture Tour
2-4 hours

Included on the Walking Tour

  • Private English-speaking guide (please write us for other languages)
  • Possibility: we can include entrance to the Guggenheim Museum on the architecture tour
Prices for the Bilbao Modern Architecture Tour
Prices from
28 €
for a private guided walking tour to the modern architecture of Bilbao. The tour is only arranged for private groups of minimum 8 people, and we do not put together smaller groups.

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