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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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Hotel Grand Bittar ¥5,047
Hotel Grand Bittar

Hotel Grand Bittar

SHS Quadra 05 Bloco A, Asa Sul, Brasilia, DF
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Asa Sul, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Paranoa, Dom Bosco Sanctuary, and Sarah Kubitschek Hospital. Mane Garrincha Stadium and National Museum of the Republic are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galeria Station is 14 minutes by foot and Central Station is 18 minutes.

    Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada ¥9,931
    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).

      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 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).

        Joy Hostel ¥4,984
        Joy Hostel

        Joy Hostel

        21 Avenida Rabelo, Brasilia
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Vila Planalto, this hostel 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).

          Golden Tulip Brasilia Alvorada ¥7,472
          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).

            The Sun Premium Resort ¥5,208
            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.

              Bay Park Resort Hotel ¥5,732
              Bay Park Resort Hotel

              Bay Park Resort Hotel

              SHTN Trecho 02 Conjunto 05 Projeto Orla, Brasilia, DF
                 
                3.0 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 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

                Hotel Nacional ¥4,236
                Hotel Nacional

                Hotel Nacional

                Setor Hoteleiro Sul Quadra 01, Bloco A, Brasilia, DF
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Asa Sul, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Paranoa and Sarah Kubitschek Hospital. National Museum of the Republic and Dom Bosco Sanctuary are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galeria Station is 7 minutes by foot and Central Station is 15 minutes.