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