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About Brasília

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Innovative architecture, symmetrical city planning, and urban designs, Brasília is a piece of the future in the very heart of Brazil. The rapid development of the city, along with its unique resemblance to a soaring bird, has earned Brasília the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The former president of Brazil wanted to transform the then sparsely-populated area of Brasília into a modern hub – a dream that was achieved in less than five years. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the Planalto Palace is the official workplace of the Brazilian president. It is a fine example of modern design, featuring a white concrete roof balanced by several white-marbled columns. The slanted glass roof, floating staircase and bright open halls of the National Theatre is another example of Niemeyer’s architectural brilliance. The unconventional shape of the Metropolitan Cathedral offers a spectacular preview of the distinctive interiors of the structure. Flooded with bright lights from the glass mosaic dome, the centre of the cathedral houses statues of angels and the Four Evangelists.

Brasília is connected by bus and metro lines. However, it is best to rent a car and drive your own vehicle in the city or travel in a taxi. There’s a lack of crosswalks and traffic lights, so it’s advisable to try and avoid getting around the city on foot.

Tonight

From $18 per night

Next weekend

From $36 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency R$ 10 = $1.96
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Average weekend price $47 per night
Average weekday price $47 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Brasília reviews

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8.0

Brasilia is a unique place, it's well worth a visit if...

April 30, 2022

Brasilia is a unique place, it's well worth a visit if you like architecture and museums and exploring a planned city. It's very easy to drive around and take pictures and the airport is close to downtown and high class hotels, such as the Royal Tulip, which isn't expensive for foreigners. I enjoyed my time there - expect temperatures of 32C (90F) during the day and 18C (68F) during the night no matter when you visit. I found it to be an exceptionally beautiful place in comparison to other Brazilian cities.

JayDLL
JayDLL Brazil
8.0

We stayed a full 7 days.

February 5, 2021

We stayed a full 7 days. Unless visiting to visit architecture or a history buff, there's not much to do. Beware the ordinary taxi service and tour guide, they will take advantage and not give you full information (we used 99). Social distancing is NOT observed in public places. If driving, give yourself plenty of time to familiarize yourself with your trip. Information is scarce, Google Maps can be incomplete. Call a business before traveling there. Area waterfall cities could be fine for families with children but not for retired couples. The city park is excellent for walking, bring a hat. Lake area restaurants can be pricey and crowded.

Uncle Joe Carson
Uncle Joe Carson Brazil
10

Brasília is so beautiful, I'd love to live here and the...

February 23, 2020

Brasília is so beautiful, I'd love to live here and the most important person in the world to me lives here, I super recommend this city and Vision Hplus hotel, it was fantastic and the breakfast amazing.

Adriano
Adriano Brazil
10

Amazing City.

January 25, 2020

Amazing City. Engineered from the ground up. A marvel of architectural design and urban planning. It is unlike any city in the world. It is a modern active city with seeping views and lots of green areas.

Diego
Diego Brazil
10

I loved the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and of others...

October 9, 2019

I loved the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and of others also the very new glass buildings. I was able to do tours of Palacio Planalto and of Congresso Nacional and inside, these buildings are beautiful, spacious, with great artworks including tiles and select furniture and furnishings. The cathedral is unusual and special. The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil exhibition centre is worth a visit. A trip on the metro to the Feira do Guara shows a different side of this ultramodern city. The lagoons eg Pontao are worth visiting and spending time watching the sun go down whilst supping a cold 'choppa' is a treat. You have to like modern architecture to appreciate Brasilia.

Elisabeth
Elisabeth United Kingdom
8.0

Expensive but cultural and historically unmissable,...

July 2, 2019

Expensive but cultural and historically unmissable, especially for Brazilians! Getting to know the facilities of the public power, having lunch by the lake and also going on a boat trip make a good trip to the city!

barrosorp
barrosorp United States of America

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