Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Visitor's Guide

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon

Visitors may walk around the exterior of the building

The Champalimaud Foundation inaugurated its state-of-the-art headquarters on the Lisbon waterfront in 2010. This private biomedical research foundation, created by one of Portugal’s wealthiest men, does not open the interior of the building to tourists, but everyone is free to climb up to the terraces and outdoor amphitheater, designed by Indian architect Charles Correa. They offer a view of Belém Tower and 25 de Abril Bridge, as does the café-restaurant with outdoor seating.

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon

The waterfront amphitheater is open to everyone

The building is a landmark of contemporary architecture in Lisbon, and it faces a tiny beach and a landscaped promenade used for jogging, cycling, open-air workouts, and fishing.

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon

The center has a very inviting café-restaurant with outdoor seating

The best time to pass by is late in the afternoon, for the sunset view.

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon

Sunset view from the terrace

How to Get to the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown


Take the Cascais train that departs from Cais do Sodré Station every 20 minutes and that stops in Belém in just 7. From there, walk along the waterfront, past the Discoveries Monument and the Belém Tower.
You may ride the train (as well as the city’s metro, trams, buses, and funiculars) for free with the Lisboa Card.

Avenida Brasília, Belém


Admission and Tickets to the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown


The interior of the building is not open to tourist visits, but you’re free to walk around the exterior and its terraces.


Attractions Nearby


The Belém Tower is a 5-minute walk away, and the Discoveries Monument about 15 minutes.