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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  • On arrival in Sintra, walk out the station, turn right and catch the 434 Bus. The return ticket to Pena Palace is €6.90. The bus will take you right to the entrance. We bought a Palace and Park ticket...  more »
  • I longed to visit the Palace for many years, corresponded entirely to my expectations, it's a unique spot in Portugal! I hope to continue the process of restoration and conservation because without doubt worth ... the ideal place for a romantic day!
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  • LOCATION and how to get there: In the mountain of Sintra, near of the Castelo dos Mouros. You can climb (unfortunate) car or the urban bus 434 departing from the Central station of Sintra. VISIT: Entry, €14. Once at the entrance, you can walk to the Palace or take a mini bus that goes up (other €3). The stroll in the gardens can take hours. In terms of the building is magnificent, well maintained rooms, Arabic style central courtyard is super. Visit essential in Sintra, no doubt. EVALUATION: Based on that is "mandatory" visit it, here can be made several criticisms: 1) allow upload with particular vehicle on a close road and one way is a real nonsense. Jams, stops by poorly parked vehicles leaving no circular buses... in short, chaos form. 2nd) given the price and the fact that we do not have any limitation of capacity or access schedules, all this makes that queues are endless, and that the building was absolutely packed already at 10 in the morning. Queues are formed for all: tickets, mini bus, access to the building, and during the visit, which is made LENTIIIIIIIIISIMA... We took about 2 1/2 hours just to see the building. CONCLUSION: I am afraid, not measures of access as in many other places (appointment schedules, limitations of capacity, sale with reservation by internet, etc.) run the risk of dying of success.
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  • Beautiful scenery and interesting castle. We did not find the wait for ticket and entrance too long. Arrived around 2pm. I can recommend to buy a combo ticket for both garden and castle, so you don’t have to wait in line at the castle again. It is a steep walk of >14% for 600m, but there is a small bus for a fee. However it does not seem to leave very often. Our toddler walked the entire way, and thought all the flowers were amazing. The castle itself was good, but it was a set narrow path you had to follow, sometimes making it hard to stop and read the signs, as you would block the line. A shame since some information is lost that way.
  • There are a bunch of different tickets. One is a decision between only going to the park or also to the castle. Best tip: just get the park ticket. If you have seen old castles elsewhere then you get the idea and can save some money. If you get a park ticket, you'll still be able to go to the castle and all around it (you just won't be able to go inside the castle). The park, and the outside of the castle is amazing tho. Isn't worth paying the ticket to go inside tho.
  • This palace it's so whimsical, it's like a dream made true. Full of colors and on a mountain set, you have a 360° view of your surroundings. When you buy the ticket you can not only walk the gardens and visit the palace but also visit other installations in the area. Truly worth the money. Price per ticket it's around 15€ including parking
  • This is a castle on steroids! Most castles are empty and incomplete. Rarely do they have any semblance of being usable and yet Pena Palace really let's you see and feel how royalty lived. The views are beautiful and are only eclipsed by the amazing architecture. Best advice is to show up just before they open or be prepared to wait. It took us 1 hour to see everything up close and as we were leaving there were over a hundred people in line waiting to enter.
  • Was a pretty spectacular palace! Beautiful coloured buildings and amazing views. We were all very happy with the 15€ spent on entry. Our only issue would be the organisation of the ticket desks. Waited in line for a very long time to buy tickets, and then walked over to another line to wait to get in. Would recommend walking down to the lakes after visiting the palace.
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