Bilbao should definitely be thankful for this museum, as it has turned the city into a must-visit tourist destination.
A futuristic, rule-breaking Bilbao.
The Guggenheim Museum chronologically divides Bilbao. It marks a point where time is referred to as before or after its construction. This project not only led to the construction of this original, silver building, but it also brought about a whole restructuring of the city. Located next to La Salve Bridge (now the Princes of Spain Bridge) and the Bilbao River, it encouraged the remodelling of the zone around it, to make it what it is today. This is possibly the nicest and most enjoyable green space in the city, perfect for wandering around or playing sports. Despite the huge controversy surrounding it when it was first built, the museum has had a large impact on the city, transforming it from a port and business town into a must-see tourist destination in the north of Spain. Every year, over one million visitors pass through the gates of the museum. Designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, this innovative structure is based on curves, titanium sheets and mirrors. Dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions, the building itself is a work of art. Even though it isn’t cheap, the museum’s own restaurant is a great place to eat.