Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra

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The exotic Park and National Palace of Pena, a World Heritage Site known for its Romanticist architecture, is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. While the foundation of this palace dates back to a chapel in the Middle Ages, the current appearance is mostly the work of German architect Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege. He mixed Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic, and Neo-Renaissance styles to create this dramatic structure. Tour the palace to admire the building's restored red and yellow facade, interior design, and antique furniture. Use our Sintra trip planning website to visit Park and National Palace of Pena on your trip to Sintra, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Great beautiful place. We went with our baby, which is a bit harder. We would recommend you to get the bus from the sintra train station or national palace (7 euro per person both ways). Baby’s are...  more »
  • Fully furnished and decorated just as in 1911. Amazing palace and surrounding views. In late spring the weather was perfect, not too crowded, and able to see most of grounds.  more »
  • I’ve been wanting to visit palácio da pena for years now. We bought our tickets through TripAdvisor and were very upset when our entry was denied with TripAdvisor tickets. We had to purchase them all....  more »
  • What a truly spectacular, fairytale palace. The architecture is stunning with magically vibrant colors. This palace and it's surrounding landscape is truly a site not to be missed. The details are breathtaking. Spend the day exploring this well preserved palace and it's grounds. There is a little bus that will take you from the main gate up the hill to the palace if you don't want to or can't do the little walk. There are restrooms, a nice gift shop and food. There is ample parking. You can either do a guided tour or explore the palace and grounds at your leisure. This is truly a lively, historic place that is well maintained and offers visitors a lot to see. The staff are very friendly, helpful and informative. Crowds can get large, so plan accordingly. If visiting Lisbon, I highly recommend coming to see this magnificent place
  • Awesome place!!! Very well maintained, clean and a pleasure to walk through. The drive to this palace is do scenic,green, and cool. Lots of trees and preserved gardens. Some of the villas and bungalows belong to Hollywood stars !!!! Very interesting history of the royalty of Portugal. The displayed items are magnificent. Senior citizens and wheel chair bound persons be aware. Maybe difficult for them. The view from the top is fabulous!!!! Clean washrooms at strategic places is of great help. You will need a pair of good walking shoes! No heels or stilettos! A must visit for all tourists.
  • Please listen : limit your visit to the exterior ! There is no need to go and stand in line for hours (or so it seems) to get inside..once you have seen a palace or castle anywhere else, you have seen them all...there are very few original items on display, most have been obtained form other locations, so bare pretty little relevance to this particular place..the decoration of the rooms is nothing special either... take my word for it - visit the exterior, enjoy the views, soak up the atmosphere.
  • The palace is obviously very photogenic, get there early (or late perhaps) to enjoy everything with fewer crowds. Touring the interior and terraces doesn't take too long without lines, which is good because the park as a whole is wonderful. Make sure to bring good walking shoes and some water! Not only are there a thousand great little details to find, but you'll get the full impact of looking up at the palace above the trees.
  • A must see in Sintra, Portugal. It's like being in a fairy-tale and the colours will blow your mind! I recommend taking the bus up (I did not do the 3 stop bus, felt it was not worth it for my day plans). Then hike it all the way down which can take 1-2 hours but it is the most majestic scenic hike you may ever go on! Don't take the bus back home, hike it! Make a day out of Pena Palace and enjoy!

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