Lisbon is a popular travel destination for German tourists, especially in spring. But that’s not the only reason why now is the ideal time for a holiday in the Portuguese capital … You finally have the opportunity to catch up on your trip that has been postponed due to the Corona, because even in Portugal there are fewer and fewer restrictions. Restaurants, hotels, museums and events can be visited again without the 3G test and the entry rules have also been relaxed: both entry to Portugal and return to Germany are possible for people vaccinated and cured without a test. Only when entering the country by air does everyone need a registration form via the “Passenger Tracking Form” portal. Once this electronic travel registration is complete, nothing stands in the way of your flight to Lisbon! So that you are perfectly prepared for your stay, here you can find out all about the 10 most important places not to be missed.
1. Belém Tower
of the Belem Tower is a magnificent lighthouse in the Belém district. Located on a rock at the mouth of the Tagus, it originally served to defend the city: with the help of a twin tower on the other bank, enemy ships could be caught in the crossfire. Until the 19th century, the interior also served as a prison and armory. The tower is one of the few surviving structures commissioned by King Manuel I and therefore built in the so-called Manueline style – with interesting architectural details. It’s worth a visit from the inside, especially thanks to the 35-meter-high viewing platform, but there is often a long queue in front of the entrance, so it’s best to buy tickets online in advance.
- Opening time: From April to September: from 10:00 to 18:30; From October to March: 10: 00-17: 30; closed on Mondays
- Registration: € 6; 65+ students / pensioners: 3 €; up to 12 years: free
2. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
This counts together with the Tower of Belém Jeronimos Monastery UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 and therefore one of the most visited places in the city. It was also built in the monumental Manueline style and many treasures, surprises and secrets are hidden in the various rooms of the monastery.
Before continuing after the visit, we indulge in a delicious Pastel de Nata, also called Pastel de Belém. The recipe for small puff pastry tarts filled with custard would have been invented by the monks of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Today you can buy them almost everywhere in Lisbon for around 1 euro. It is said that the best is in the famous café “Pastéis de Belém”, which is located very close to the monastery.
- Opening time: From May to September: from 10:00 to 18:30; From October to April: from 10:00 to 17:30; closed on Mondays
- Registration: € 10; 65+ students / pensioners: € 5; up to 12 years: free
3. Padrao dos Descobrimentos
It stands on the banks of the Tejo Monument to the explorer, the Padrao dos Descobrimentos. It was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henrique de Aviz, better known as Henry the Navigator, and honors a total of 33 historically important figures from Portugal. In front of the monument is a giant compass rose showing a map of the world showing the routes of Portuguese explorers from the 15th and 16th centuries. Inside the monument there is a belvedere, an auditorium and an exhibition of maritime history. Because Portugal has a glorious past as a colonial power and seafaring nation!
- Opening time: From March to September: from 10:00 to 19:00; October to February: 10am to 6pm
- Registration: Combined ticket for the exhibition and the viewpoint: € 6; Retired 65+: € 5; 13-18 years: 3 €; up to 12 years: free
LxFactory is a former industrial estate that has been transformed into a vibrant cultural center thanks to creative artists and trendy restaurants and bars. Here you will find interesting shops in old industrial buildings, cute graffiti on the buildings, cute cafes to relax in and small galleries where there is always something new to discover. One of the most beautiful places on the site is the “Ler Devagar” bookshop in a former printing house, which doubles as a café. The LxFactory is ideal for eating and drinking or picking up handmade and vintage souvenirs, especially on Sundays when there is also a flea market!
- Opening time: 06: 00-02: 00; Flea market Sunday 11: 00-19: 00
- Registration: free
5. Cristo Rei
The impressive Statue of Cristo Rei it has dominated the city since 1959. It was modeled on the statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro and expresses thanks to God that Portugal was spared from World War II. Even in front of the monument, the view is fantastic. An elevator or two flights of stairs takes you to the pedestal at a height of more than 80 meters, where a breathtaking panoramic view of Lisbon, the river and the Atlantic Ocean awaits you. From up there you can also admire the great Ponte 25 de Abril – the Ponte 25 Aprile. The giant suspension bridge is often compared to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and can be crossed by car or train. If you are walking, you can also reach the Cristo Rei statue by ferry.
- Opening time: 09: 30-18: 00
- Registration: € 6; for children 3 €
6. São Jorge Castle
Even when climbing the São Jorge Castle you pass several beautiful viewpoints and from the walls of the fortress you have a gigantic view of the old town and the Tejo with its bridge. There is even more to discover inside the national monument: in the Torre de Ulisses, a dark room shows a 360-degree image of Lisbon and in the castle museum you can see remains and artifacts from other times. Or you can explore the remains of the Moorish fortress and the old royal palace on a stroll and then strengthen yourself in the restaurant.
- Opening time: From March to October: 09:00 – 21:00; November to February: 09:00 – 19:00
- Registration: € 10; Retired 65+: € 8.50; 13-25 years: 5 €; up to 12 years: free
7. Santa Justa lift
About 15 minutes walk from the castle, the next viewpoint awaits us: Der Santa Justa lift. It connects the lower city of Lisbon (Baixa) with the upper city (Chiado and Bairro Alto). Its lower entrance is not far from Rossio, a square that has been the main center of the city center since the Middle Ages. Here you step into one of the elevator’s two historic wood-paneled cabins with brass windows and fittings. At the top you arrive at Largo do Carmo square, which is also worth a visit with its 18th century fountain.
- Opening time: every day 07: 00-23: 00
- Registration: A single ticket costs € 5.30. However, the lift can also be used as part of local transport, for example with a Carris day pass.
8. National Museum of Contemporary Art – Chiado Museum
That National Museum of Contemporary Art it is located on Chiado, a historic district of Lisbon. Its collection, presented through temporary exhibitions, includes paintings, sculptures and drawings by the most important Portuguese artists from the mid-19th century to the present day. In one of the current exhibitions you can admire landscapes from the years 1855 to 1920 until the end of August. Both the aesthetics of uncontaminated landscapes and the human intervention visible in nature are addressed.
- Opening time: Tue-Sun: 10 am-6pm
- Registration: € 4.50; Free Sunday
9. Catedral Se Patriarcal – Se de Lisboa
From the Museu do Chiado you can walk – past the magnificent triumphal arch “Arco da Rua Augusta” – to the Lisbon Cathedral run. Completed in 1147, it is the oldest church in the city and the seat of the archbishop. Here is the baptismal font where St. Anthony was baptized, as well as an exhibition of the remains of ancient buildings. One of the highlights is the Baroque treasure with ecclesiastical jewels and the remains of St. Vincent, the patron saint of Lisbon. Thanks to the numerous treasures and architectural elements from different eras, a visit to the cathedral is recommended not only for the faithful, but also for history and art lovers.
- Opening time: Cathedral and Monastery: 09:00 – 19:00; Treasure 09: 00-17: 00
- Registration: Duomo: free; Monastery and Treasury: € 2.50 each. (reduced € 1.25)
10. Electric 28E
We are still in the Alfama district, whose labyrinthine streets lined with traditional bars wind their way from the banks of the Tagus to the Castle of São Jorge. If you don’t want to walk anymore, you can do the historical one Tram line 28 to take. This passes numerous sights and is therefore ideal for sightseeing. It takes about 40 minutes to travel the entire route between Martim Moniz and Campo Ourique (Prazeres) stations. The line is served on the entire route every day of the week at 11-minute intervals. The Lisboa Card is a valid travel ticket: it allows the use of all public transport, as well as discounts for numerous attractions and free admission to monuments such as the Jerónimos Monastery and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The card costs € 20 for 24 hours (€ 13 for children), but you can also buy it for 48 or 72 hours.