The entirety of the city of Brasilia has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique nature, created ex nihilo in a matter of years under a single vision. Thus, just walking around the city itself is a chance to appreciate a singular part of the world. The layout of the city was done by the architect Lucio Costa according to architectural ideas initially espoused by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. The shape of the city is often likened to a bird in flight. The wings are mostly residential, but contain some interesting buildings and parks. Most sights of interest to the tourist are on the eastern part of the mounumental axis. These include the Square of the Three Powers, the seat of Brazil's goverment, which includes the Congress, Presidential Palace and Supreme Court. On April 21, Tiradentes Day, the sun rises exactly between the two towers of Congress.

    The Television Tower is the highest structure of its kind in the world, and the best place to get a sweeping, panoramic view of Brasilia.

    City Park is similar in spirit to New York's Central Park, and includes large green areas useful for jogging and cycling, as well as skating rinks, go-kart racing, and other outdoor activities.