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Planalto Palace

Appreciate modern style and simple elegance in design while you learn about the office of Brazil’s most important figure.

Observe the awe-inspiring design and the unforgettable significance of the Planalto Palace. This must-see destination lies at the heart of Brasília along the Monumental Axis and functions as the office for the Brazilian president. Take a relaxing stroll around its grounds, savor its visual beauty and enjoy the ceremonial changing of the guards.

Planalto Palace was built in 1960 along Brasília’s Monumental Axis as a major component of Oscar Niemeyer’s plan for a sleek, modern city. It is located in the Three Powers Plaza and symbolizes the executive third of the balance of power, with the other estates being the judiciary and the legislative. Admire this core piece of Brasília’s drive to provide fair and balanced government.

Aesthetically, the palace presents interesting architectural beauty. Take a walk around its minimalist grounds that feature straight-edged ponds, giant cylinders and an impressive wide ramp that is used as the front entrance. Admire Niemeyer’s unique design for the building, which is based around using thin columns to create the illusion that the building touches the ground only at minimal points.

One of the more colorful features of the palace is the uniform of the guards, who serve to protect the president. See them change posts frequently throughout the day.

Although the exterior is worth the trip in itself, visit on Sundays for the bonus of exploring the palace’s interior. Guided tours operate on Sundays only and are available in many languages. Enjoy learning from informative guides about the details and history of the building, including the fact that its name, which literally means “Palace of the Plateau,” refers to the flat plateau land that covered this region before the city was created.

For additional treats, visit surrounding government buildings like the National Congress or stop by the palace at night, when the columns are lit up in brilliant yellow.

Check online for language availability on tours. Access the Planalto Palace by bus or drive and use the ample parking space provided.


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Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada ¥10,004
Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada

Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada

SHTN Trecho 1, Conj. 1B, Bloco C, Brasilia, DF
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 (5 km).

    Golden Tulip Brasilia Alvorada ¥7,527
    Golden Tulip Brasilia Alvorada

    Golden Tulip Brasilia Alvorada

    SHTN Trecho 1, Conj. 1B, Bloco A-B, Brasilia, DF
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Brasilia, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Paranoa and Alvorada Palace. Planalto Palace and Liberty Pantheon are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Hotel Vila Planalto
      Hotel Vila Planalto

      Hotel Vila Planalto

      Av. Rabelo, 17, Vila Planalto, Brasilia, Distrito Federal
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Vila Planalto, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Paranoa and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Congress of Brazil and Itamaraty Palace. Metropolitan Cathedral and National Museum of the Republic are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        The Sun Premium Resort ¥5,247
        The Sun Premium Resort

        The Sun Premium Resort

        SHTN Trecho 2 - Lote 4, Brasilia, DF
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Smin, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Paranoa and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Congress of Brazil and Itamaraty Palace. Metropolitan Cathedral is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

          Joy Hostel ¥4,142
          Joy Hostel

          Joy Hostel

          21 Avenida Rabelo, Brasilia
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Vila Planalto, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Paranoa and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Congress of Brazil and Itamaraty Palace. Metropolitan Cathedral and National Museum of the Republic are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            OYO Pousada Flor de Brasília ¥2,069
            OYO Pousada Flor de Brasília

            OYO Pousada Flor de Brasília

            Av. Israel Pinheiro, Vila Planalto Acamp Rabelo - Lote 23B, Brasilia, DF
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Vila Planalto, this pousada is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Paranoa, National Congress of Brazil, and Itamaraty Palace. Metropolitan Cathedral and National Museum of the Republic are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Windsor Brasilia Hotel ¥7,087
              Windsor Brasilia Hotel

              Windsor Brasilia Hotel

              SHN, Quadra 1, Conjunto A, Bloco A, Asa Norte, Brasilia, DF
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Asa Norte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Paranoa, National Museum of the Republic, and Metropolitan Cathedral. Mane Garrincha Stadium and Dom Bosco Sanctuary are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central Station is 12 minutes by foot and Galeria Station is 13 minutes.

                OYO Hotel Esplanada ¥1,568
                OYO Hotel Esplanada

                OYO Hotel Esplanada

                7, Av. Rabelo , Vila Planalto, Brasilia, Brasilia, Brasilia
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Vila Planalto, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Paranoa.