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A stunning utopia of beguiling buildings, endless sky and hot, hot heat
Brasilia is like a muse. Her sunsets inspire love songs and art-lovers pine over her chic Modernist architecture. This sky-high empire took only four short years to build. As for the weather, don’t get us started. Sip your sugarcane juice and let the enchantment begin.
A trio of culture. You’ll find the National Theatre, National Library and National Museum of the Republic here. However, it’s the massive white pod of NMR that will steal your attention. Enter through the elevated concrete bridge and you’ll feel like you’ve departed the material world. Flex your imagination muscles on its all-absorbing, art exhibitions.Accommodations near Cultural Complex of the Republic
Not your average cathedral. Built of curved concrete columns, this looks more like a space ship than a church. Step inside, and the interior is otherworldly. Marble and marine glass windows transmute the sun into a soft blue light. Angelic statues float from the ceiling. The ambiance is so divine and airy, you’ll think you’ve gone to Heaven.Accommodations near Cathedral of Brasília
TV Tower is Brasilia’s highest point. Climb to its observation deck for sweeping city views that include Niemeyer’s architectural darlings. Any picture you take will become an instant postcard. The onsite café sells treats that are typically Brazilian; fresh pressed sugar cane juice, pamonhas (corn husk dumplings), and pastels (fried pie crusts with fillings). Why not try them all?Accommodations near TV Tower
In Brasilia, dreamers are so beloved that churches are built to honour them. Enter Santuário Dom Bosco, designed in tribute to the dreams of João Bosco. The Italian saint’s visions of a wealthy city on a Brazilian plateau predicted the spot for this now booming metropolis. The indigo glass windows cast a cerulean light over the shrine, which channel a dream-like state.Accommodations near Santuario Dom Bosco
Itamaraty Palace is powerful – and not simply because it houses the Foreign Ministry. Oscar Niemeyer and his overhead of architects built it in a minimal, Modernist style. The most stunning thing here is the stark, space-age design. The futuristic interior’s floating black stairs cases, bold lines, and snow-white walls are bound to drop your jaw.Accommodations near Itamaraty Palace
The holy trinity of government buildings. Politicians come to this massive square of palaces to divine over Brazil’s future. The inventive contours of these bone-white buildings command your attention. The slender-bodied “Os Guerreiros” statue strikes a pose in the middle; it’s homage to the workers who built Brasilia in four fast years.Accommodations near Square of the Three Powers
President Juscelino Kubitschek oversaw the building of Brasilia. Now a 28-metre statue of his likeness stands watch over the city, forever immortalised in stone. Inside the statue, the politician’s bones lay at rest in a granite tomb. The tomb’s interior is lit in eerie red, making the visit equal parts mystical, mesmerising and ghostly.Accommodations near Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial
Don’t be daunted by the scale of the world’s largest urban park. Its fields are as accessible as they are enchanting. Shacks that sell fresh coconut water are scattered throughout. Sip and hydrate as you amble through sunflowers and Ipês trees. Fork-tailed flycatcher birds are as plentiful as joggers. Is that a Ferris wheel? The answer’s yes and your kids will love it.Accommodations near Parque da Cidade Dona Sarah Kubitschek
Brazilians love beaches, and who can blame them? South American sun pairs well with water. Thank god for this manmade oasis – because Brasilia is a thousand kilometres from the coast. It’s popular on weekends, when the beaches and piers explode with water-ready bodies. The JK bridge can be spotted from paddleboard or boat and is an icon of the city.Accommodations near Paranoa Lake
The CCBB is a cultural oasis and acclaimed museum, wrapped up in one. Its edgy and contemporary exhibitions are never permanent, so locals visit just as much as tourists do. Drool over bistro Bom Demais’s tantalising empada de bacalhau. Lit-lovers shouldn’t miss adjoining bookshop Dom Quixote. Check online to see what’s on when you’re in town.Accommodations near Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre
North Wing’s dwellers can be summed up in three words: young, wealthy, and bohemian. Birds chirp in trees along café-filled lanes and eating gourmet is easy as 1-2-3. Sip fresh-pressed juice, chow down on Brazilian pizza or be served “kibe” by dapper waiters in red tuxedos. The sky’s the limit in the city’s hippest ‘hood.Accommodations in North Wing
South Wing beams with city pride. This is where Brasilia’s first homes sprung up and where its moneyed families live, work and play. Finding fun – and samba spots – is easy as 1-2-3. Pier 21’s perfect for sun-seekers, and the area’s mega-malls sate shopper’s hunger. Joggers, run to the world’s largest urban park and find your exercise clan.Accommodations in South Wing
Urban planning 101. Of Brasilia’s perfectly designed districts, you don’t want to miss this one. You’ll need a car and a camera, because this treasure trove of Oscar Niemeyer architecture can’t be explored on foot. Known as a government area, civil servants work and spar inside his architectural masterpieces.Accommodations in Monumental Axis
A travel enthusiast, Glauce enjoys spending time with her friends and trying new food (and beer).
Set next to Lake Paranoá, Pontão is also known as Brasilia’s Beach. During the weekends you can rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards. If you want to relax, stroll by the water to watch the sunset, or choose from a variety of restaurants and bars while taking in the beautiful surroundings.Accommodations near Pontão do Lago Sul
A foodie and traveller, Mariana’s main passions include listening to live music, biking and cats.
Located 115 km from Brasilia, Salto do Itiquira Waterfall offers one of the most beautiful landscapes on the outskirts of the capital. One of the country’s largest waterfalls at almost 170 meters tall, a visit to this stunning place is an easy day trip that leads through the Goiás plateau.Accommodations near Salto do Itiquira Waterfall
Michelle loves spending time with her granddaughter and attending heavy metal concerts.
One of my favourite things to do in Brasília is watch the sunset from different places. Sunsets seen from Ermida Dom Bosco Park are especially amazing. It is definitely one of the best places to see the sky change colour, and it also has nice views over Brasília and Paranoá Lake.Accommodations near Sunset at Ermida Dom Bosco Park
Booking.com asked travelers...How do you fit in some sightseeing when you're in Brasilia on business?
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Booking.com asked travelers...Why do you recommend Brasilia for food?
Brasilia is not a culinary capital in the way So Paulo is, however there are gems. I had the best ribs ever for lunch at Nossa Cozinha Bistro ( truly great cafe) and knocked back some lovely caipirinha and in-house beer with some of their Brazilian and Lebanese specialities at Bar Beirut, a Brasiliense institutionSee all 2 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's so impressive about the cathedrals in Brasilia?
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Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Brasilia while avoiding the crowds?
we took a city tour that was not completed due to a bus breaking-down. I think taxi are relatively affordable and a combination of taxi and public transportation will be OK. there are important places to visit in Brasilia.See all 1 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Is Brasilia the place to have a meal to remember? Tell us why.
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The food is typically Brazilian or you can get great food from other countriesSee all 1 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Brasilia.
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Booking.com asked travelers...What makes Brasilia one of those classic city-trip experiences?
Special city trip buses makes it classical. Organised city tour for tourist.See all 1 answers
The airport is 10 km from Eixo Monumental Road, and a 15-minute drive from Setor Hoteleiro Norte and Setor Hoteleiro Sul, where many hotels are located. The quickest way to reach the city centre is by Taxi, costing between BRL 35-40. A shuttle bus connects the airport to the Esplanada dos Ministérios, North Hotelier Zone, Ulysses Guimarães Convention Centre and South Hotelier Zone. It runs every 30 minutes from 6:30-23:00, and the cash-only fare is BRL 8.
Official taxis in Brasília are silver, white or grey with a green and yellow stripe on the two front doors. Taxis can be found on the airport’s ground floor. A ride to the city centre takes about 20-minutes. The starting tariff for taxis is BRL 4.51 with a cost of BRL 2.45 per km driven during the day, and BRL 3.12 per km driven after 22:00 on week days, after 15:00 on Saturdays and all day on Sundays and holidays. Rush hour is typically 7:00-9:00 and 17:00-19:00.
Brasília’s metro is generally of little use to most visitors since it only runs from the bus station along the Asa Sul to the satellite cities (neighbouring cities), and doesn't cover the hotel section or the Eixo Monumental. The metro runs Monday to Saturday 6:00-23:30 and Sundays and holidays 7:00-19:00. Tickets canbe purchased at the station counters and cost BRL 3 during the week and BRL 2 on weekends.
Buses run from the city’s south wing to the north wing, along W1 and W3 on the west side of Eixo Rodoviario (central thoroughfare) and on L1 and L3 on its east side. Traveling across town often means catching a bus going in the opposite direction. Along the Eixo Monumental buses labelled Plano Piloto Circular loop this main boulevard passing monuments, hotels and malls. Working hours vary according to bus line, and fares paid on board range from BRL 1.50-3.00.
Brasília was designed specifically for cars. One of the big selling points of the original city plan was that traffic lights would be unnecessary since each intersection was designed to be a roundabout. Today there are traffic lights, but only a few. The main traffic rule is that the car that's already in the roundabout has the right of way. Traffic is relatively calm if drivers don’t break the roundabout rule. It is possible to rent a car in the airport.
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