Brasilia is the capital and one of the most beautiful places in Brazil, not because of its beaches, but because of the city’s unique modern architectural structures. It was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and has an airplane-like shape when seen from above.
THINGS TO DO IN BRASILIA:
1. Climb up the TV Tower.
The 224-meter Brasilia TV Tower is located at the Monumental Axis. For an acrophobic like me, it was a sudden face-your-fear moment when I stepped foot on its observation platform. I thought we were only going to the mezzanine area, but we went way higher. Nonetheless, the view of the city from up there was breathtaking. There is no admission fee, but you just need to fall in line in order to go up via the elevator. The Café da Torre is also found in the mezzanine where you can enjoy the view of the city while sipping a cup of hot coffee.
Location: Eixo Monumental de Brasília (Monumental Axis)
Opening time: Observatory deck: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00am to 7:00pm; Mezzanine: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00am to 8:00pm
2. Take a souvenir photo from the EU ❤ BRASILIA sign.
Of course, it would be a photo opportunity to have yourself photographed beside or on top of the city’s iconic EU ❤ Brasilia.
Location: Monumental Axis below the Brasilia TV Tower
Opening time: Opens all day
- Join a city tour.
See the beautiful monuments and amazing architectural structures by joining a city tour. The architectural tours take around 3 to 4 hours which include a thorough history of the buildings and the people behind it. The city tours focus on the main sights and attractions in Brasilia including: the TV Tower, JK Memorial, National Congress, the Ministries, Square of the Three Towers, Cathedral, the Lucia Costa’s Space, and lots more.
Location: City Tour Brasilia – SCN – Quadra 05, Bloco A, S/N – Asa Norte, the exit area of Brasilia Mall
Tour schedule: Daily; 10:30am, 2:00pm and 4:30pm. Tour is only available if there are 5 or more participants.
Price: 50 BRL (15 US) for adults; 25 BRL (7 US) for children
Contact: (61) 9338-9692 (61) 9338-9704 (61) 9304-1992. You can make reservations a day before.
4. Visit the Catedral Metropolitana de Brasilia.
Also known as the underground church. It is considered as one of the main attractions in the city because of its hyperboloid structure. The glass stained interior is stunning, a real masterpiece especially if the sun’s rays radiate over it. There are three aluminum angels hanging from the colorful ceiling that give a calm atmosphere at daytime. In the evening, you can take amazing pictures when its fantastic lights start to lit up. Because the church is underground, the unique structure seen outside is actually its roof. It might look small on the outside, but it is really spacious inside.
Location: Esplanada dos Ministérios, lote 12, Brasília – DF, 70050-000, Brazil
Opening time: Monday and Saturday, 8:00am to 5:00pm; Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
- See the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia.
Also called as the Mané Garrincha Stadium. It is famous for the numbers of international concerts and sports competitions held in the area. It is known as the most expensive football stadium in Brazil and second in the world. It was completed in 1974 and was reconstructed in 2013 for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cups and 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is a beautiful building and worth seeing especially if you are a football fan.
We were not able to go inside because we didn’t know that we need to pre-schedule our visit, but we were able to capture a nice shot of the stadium from the TV Tower.
Location: SRPN Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia
Visiting time: Visits should be pre-scheduled. It is open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am with a 40-minute allocation time. No admission fee.
Contact: email@example.com for appointment.
6. Mandatory Caipirinha drink.
Where else can you taste the best caipirinha in the world? Known as Brazil’s national cocktail, the mixture consists of cachaça, sugar, lime and ice. Flavors depend on the different fruits combined in the drink. It is a must-try!
- Try their delicious Pao de Queijo.
Definitely, one of the best food I tried in Brazil. Pao de Queijos are baked cheese rolls that will absolutely melt in your mouth. It is a perfect combo with hot coffee.
Location: Casa do Pao de Queijo, they have several branches all over Brasilia
- Venture to a quality churrasco experience.
The most recognized Brazilian cuisine, distinctively made and served in large skewers. A visit to Brazil would never be complete without trying their quality meat at its finest.
NOTE: This post was first published in 2016. It went to my draft, so I have to republish it again.