Palacio da Alvorada
Palacio da Alvorada
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OldBear
Wigan, UK11,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
When we visited, no tours were available, and we were unable to get close to the Palace, so I’m unable to rate it highly.

Since the riots and the storming of the Congress building earlier this year security has significantly increased at Government and other important buildings.

We had to park near the Palace Hotel and walk past a security point, and we’re allowed to take photographs only a few hundred meters from the Palace. There was more security in front of us.

The Palace is one of many buildings built by Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia. It was nice that at least we were able to see it albeit at a distance.
Written July 31, 2023
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VivaMexicoLiz
Mexico City, Mexico552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Our city tour brought us to the grounds of the official presidential residence-- but of course we were still some distance from the building itself. Our guide, Iraquemes, explained that the architect Oscar Neimeyer adopted curved elements here in tribute to the traditional hammocks used in Minas Gerais. Lovely.
Written November 3, 2019
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cosmic4444
London, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
I went on the public tour and absolutely loved the palace - it was a personal highlight of my trip Brasilia. You really get to see Niemeyer's architecture and design at its glory - as the palace is amazingly well kept (for obvious reasons as it's the President's residence!).

The public tours are on Wednesday afternoons. The tours are free, really well organised - however they are in Portuguese. The important thing is you get to see the interiors and the grounds, and at the end of the tour we also got really high quality English language brochures with amazing photography and some key facts.

We advised by by our hotel staff (and also the guide book) to arrive around 2pm to get ourselves on the tour that starts at 3pm. This worked: once you arrive you get allocated a place in a group, and wait for your turn. For us the wait was about 45min long. The waiting area is comfortable with benches in the shade, however there's no cafe, so on a hot day it might be worth bringing some water with you.

The tour itself involves a 30 minute guided walk around the palace (including a modernist private chapel), and its grounds, and also a short trip to the vice-president's palace next door. Allow 2.5 hours for the whole trip including the wait.

(It is also worth noting that in reality it seemed that the tours had already started even before 2pm as they were already running when we arrived, so it might be worth trying to arrive even earlier.)

Alvarada Palace is on the edge of the city, an easy 10 minute walk from Brasilia Palace & The Royal Tulip hotels. But if you are staying elsewhere, get a taxi or bus 104 from the rodoviaria. It is really worth visiting!
Written February 1, 2016
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Luiz Gustavo Lima
Aguas Claras, DF130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Go for a nice guided (and free) tour,every wednesday! Pls be advised that most of the time,there are lines, and sometimes all places are taken(there is a limit per week). Worth the waiting visiting Brazil's president residential palace, by Oscar Niemeyer!
Written July 16, 2012
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Joop V
Ede, The Netherlands2,112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
This palace was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and was the first building in Brazil to be inaugurated, even before the city itself.
It may only be visited on one day in the week.
Written February 26, 2016
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PrettoMauricio
Porto Alegre, RS569 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Going inside it's complicated as its only allowed Wednesday's , if you have the opportunity you should go .
Otherwise be at the front of the palace 5:30pm and watch the flag removal process by the presidential soldiers . It's quite interesting and you might catch a nice sunset too
Written August 23, 2015
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MDR_11
Melbourne, Australia634 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
Did not get the opportunity to go inside but from the outside it is impressive....could easily be seen in Palm Springs.
Have to say the Vice President's abode on the lake is more appealing.
Written September 15, 2012
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John P
BRASILIA383 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the President´s official residence worth driving past and getting the traditional photo. If you linger more than a few minutes the guards start looking hostile.
Written February 13, 2012
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Brian99993
Oxford, UK566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
This is the official residence of the President of Brazil and was the first building to be completed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1958. Unfortunately, we were unable to enter because but did manage to see it from an official viewing post. It was still worth seeing.
Written January 27, 2017
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Sebastian K
Jerusalem, Israel20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
Beautiful Niemeyer even from a distance but the Palace is still closed. But if you look for Niemeyer then also look for Bulcao. His Azulejos and murals are extraordinary.
Written January 1, 2017
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