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Casa do Baile

An iconic example of celebrated Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s work, this arts center is part of Belo Horizonte’s spectacular Pampulha Modern Ensemble.

To gain a better appreciation for the life and work of renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, visit the marvelous Casa do Baile. Be prepared to be stunned by one of the greatest architectural highlights of Bela Horizonte, located within the Pampulha Modern Ensemble. This complex was designed by Niemeyer to be the centerpiece of a visionary garden city and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Casa do Baile was built in 1943. Its name translates to “Dance House,” as a dance hall once stood in the same spot. Notice how its position at the edge of Lagoa da Pampulha, a manmade lake, is complemented by the building’s curved, flowing form that mimics the movement of the water. 

Sit in the modern, airy Café do Baile to be treated to perfect views out over the serene lagoon, which lies at the heart of the entire architectural complex. Leafy parks and a popular jogging path surround the water. Stay until after nightfall and listen to one of the bands that regularly play on the patio under the stars. 

Move away from the building’s mesmerizing exterior and discover one of the rotating art exhibitions held inside the building. Come on a Tuesday evening, when the weekly Circuito Pampulha Noturno sees multiple venues in the neighborhood come alive with cultural events. As well as Casa do Baile, venues include Casa Kubitschek, the Yacht Tennis Club, the Brazilian Football Museum and CAT Veveco and the Dino Barbieri and Dalva Simão squares. Past Tuesday night events have featured acoustic concerts, samba workshops, gourmet tastings and performances of Brazilian “seresta” music, a romantic genre that is closely tied to the “modinha” style. 

As with many cultural attractions, Casa do Baile is open every day except Monday. See it at its best toward the end of the day, when the setting sun hovers over the edge of the lagoon and casts beautiful shadows through the winding portico. 


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San Diego Suítes Pampulha ¥3,401
San Diego Suítes Pampulha

San Diego Suítes Pampulha

Avenida Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 1624, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in São Luiz, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Mineirao Stadium and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Church of Saint Francis of Assisi.

    Nobile Inn Pampulha ¥2,746
    Nobile Inn Pampulha

    Nobile Inn Pampulha

    Av Professor Magalhaes Penido 378, Belo Horizonte
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pampulha, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Lagoa Pampulha and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Mineirao Stadium. Federal University of Minas Gerais and Mineirinho Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Pousada Sossego da Pampulha ¥2,409
      Pousada Sossego da Pampulha

      Pousada Sossego da Pampulha

      Av. Cel. José Dias Bicalho, 1258, São Luiz, Belo Horizonte, MG
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in São José, this pousada is within a 15-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirao Stadium. Mineirinho Stadium and Brazilian Football Museum are also within 15 minutes.

        Stop Inn Plus Pampulha ¥1,897
        Stop Inn Plus Pampulha

        Stop Inn Plus Pampulha

        Avenida das Palmeiras, 743, Sao Luiz, Belo Horizonte, MG
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in São José, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirao Stadium. Mineirinho Stadium and Brazilian Football Museum are also within 10 minutes.

          OYO CHA Pampulha Design Hotel ¥2,103
          OYO CHA Pampulha Design Hotel

          OYO CHA Pampulha Design Hotel

          Av. Octacilio Negrão de Lima, 16410, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jardim Atlântico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Pampulha Art Museum. Pampulha Architectural Complex and Nado Lake Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Hotel Minas Pampulha ¥2,393
            Hotel Minas Pampulha

            Hotel Minas Pampulha

            Avenida Coronel José Dias Bicalho, 1164, Belo Horizonte, MG
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in São José, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirao Stadium. Mineirinho Stadium and Brazilian Football Museum are also within 15 minutes.

              H2UP- Universidade Pampulha Hostel
              H2UP- Universidade Pampulha Hostel

              H2UP- Universidade Pampulha Hostel

              R. Roquete Mendonça, 677, Belo Horizonte, MG
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in São José, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirao Stadium. Mineirinho Stadium and Brazilian Football Museum are also within 15 minutes.

                Da Orla Pampulha Hostel ¥3,005
                Da Orla Pampulha Hostel

                Da Orla Pampulha Hostel

                Av. Octacilio Negrão de Lima, 2077, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in São Luiz, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirao Stadium. Mineirinho Stadium and Brazilian Football Museum are also within 15 minutes.