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Brasilia
Travel Guide

Discover powerful ideas while exploring futuristic landscapes, diverse monuments and phenomenal Oscar Niemeyer constructions in Brazil’s dynamic Federal District. 

The Federal District and its central urban jewel, Brasília, have long been symbols of hope and human advancement in Brazil. Visit this sleek city whose short history is studded with fascinating characters, architectural feats and a tangible sense of the future.

One of the treats of the Federal District is exploring the novelties of Brasilía. The city is built to a plan with the shape of an airplane. Important government buildings and cultural landmarks are placed on the Monumental Axis along the “body” of the plane, while residential and shopping areas spread out onto the “wings.”

Begin your exploration at the center of Brasília, where important historic monuments illuminate the city’s journey. The Memorial JK pays tribute to Juscelino Kubitschek, the president who oversaw the construction of this new Brazilian capital in the 1950s. Not far away, visit Dom Bosco Sanctuary and see the memorial to the saint who dreamed of the futuristic city which became the basis for Brasília.

See how this dream was put into action by exploring the city’s architectural wonders, most of which were designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Visit the symbolic Three Powers Plaza and enjoy the awe-inspiring Itamaraty Palace near the sparkling towers of National Congress. Other design landmarks not to miss include the Planalto Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral, with its unforgettable circular construction.

Stop for lunch in the large City Park, where open spaces and a charming lake frame playgrounds and amusement parks that will delight the kids. Discover Brasília’s cultural sector to find a quiet space at the National Library or enlightening exhibits at the National Museum and Gallery. Climb the nearby TV Tower for the best view of the city.

Use Brasília’s frequent bus routes through the Rodoviária, the Central Bus Station, or hail a taxi to get to the shores of Lake Paranoá at sunset. Find a Federal District bar or restaurant and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge as you reflect on a city built on dreams.

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Where to stay in Brasilia

Top Hotels in Brasilia

Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada
Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada
5 out of 5
SHTN Trecho 1, Conj. 1B, Bloco C, Brasilia, DF
The price is $84 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Brasilia, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Paranoa and Alvorada Palace. Planalto Palace and Liberty Pantheon are also within 3 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)
Ótimo serviço

"Ótimo atendimento como sempre Serviço impecável"…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada
Cullinan Hplus Premium
Cullinan Hplus Premium
4.5 out of 5
SHN, Quadra 04, Lote E, Brasilia, DF
The price is $47 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21

Located in Asa Norte, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brasilia Shopping Center, Mane Garrincha Stadium, and Sarah Kubitschek Hospital. Itamaraty Palace ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (941 reviews)

"Conveniently located across Brasilia Shopping and restaurants. Breakfast is great and staff is friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

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B Hotel Brasilia
B Hotel Brasilia
4.5 out of 5
SHN, QUADRA 05 Lote L, Bloco J, Brasilia
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $77 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Setor Hoteleiro Norte, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brasilia Shopping Center, Mane Garrincha Stadium, and Sarah Kubitschek Hospital. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (282 reviews)

"Pool is great. Breakfast as well. Staff is very attentive. Hotel seems always clean"…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

B Hotel Brasilia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Brasilia

BRISAS DO LAGO - Perfectly located near major government agencies and embassies.
BRISAS DO LAGO - Perfectly located near major government agencies and embassies.
Brasilia, Central - West Region

Situated in Brasilia, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Paranoa and within 3 mi (5 km) of Planalto Palace and Supreme Federal Court. Liberty Pantheon ...

BRISAS DO LAGO - Perfectly located near major government agencies and embassies.
JK Flats
JK Flats
3 out of 5
SHN Quadra 02 Bloco E, Setor Hoteleiro Norte, Brasilia, DF
The price is $27 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Asa Norte, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Liberty Mall and Sarah Kubitschek Hospital. Mane Garrincha Stadium and Embassy of the United States ...

4.3/5Excellent! (9 reviews)

"Sempre uma excelente hospedagem. Hotel está de parabéns!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

JK Flats
Sua Casa em Brasília
Sua Casa em Brasília
3 out of 5
Sces Trecho 2, Lotes 2/41 Bl. B, Condomínio La Torre, Brasilia, Federal District
The price is $41 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Brasilia, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lake Paranoa and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Embassy of the United States. Juscelino Kubitschek ...

Sua Casa em Brasília
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Brasilia

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

I went during coronavirus all was closed

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 7, 2019

Quiet, safe and lovely city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 22, 2019

Lovely city where it is always sunny. Happy and helpful people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 18, 2019

Driving is a complicated task, and that’s because of the way they designed the roads for vehicular fluidity. It’s not a city for walking for sure.

4/5 - Good

EROL

Jun 16, 2019

There were not many museums in the Brazilian capital.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 27, 2019

More than just the amazing architecture and planning.

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