Tours

Petrópolis Sightseeing

Ride up the Serra dos Orgãos where you have wonderful sights. Visit to the Imperial Museum (Dom Pedro II´s belongings). Visit to the Cathedral and historicl monuments in town. Return to the hotel.
Duration: 7H. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.
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About Petrópolis

The city”s history started in 1830 when Dom Pedro I fell in love with the climate and beauty of the Mata Atlântica and decided to buy the Córrego Seco Farm. The land was inherited by Dom Pedro II and then, on March 16, 1843, it became Petrópolis. The urban project, which was considered daring at the time, can be appreciated until today on the Historical downtown streets, once the Farm”s headquarters.

Petrópolis, built to be the Court headquarters, still has the majesty of cities that made history. The mansions of the barons, viscounts and counts located next to the Imperial Palace, are today a beautiful museum, revealing the life style of a romantic and aristocratic period, of evening parties and sophisticated attires, of refinement and power.

The traces of the Empire are not the only reason the city enchants and attracts visitors. In the region there is also the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, where the rocky formation called “Dedo de Deus (God”s Finger)” is located. Trails and horse riding tours take the tourist to discover an abundant vegetation, orchids, waterfalls, valleys and mountains that offer a dazzling view and plenty of adventure.

One must visit the Imperial Museum, Santos Dumont”s House, the Quitandinha, the Crystal Palace and the homes of the Baron of Mauá, Princess Isabel, and Rui Barbosa as well as the Rio Negro Palace, the summer residence for the country”s presidents.

Attractions

Imperial Museum
With its neo-classic style, the house was the old Imperial Palace, constructed in 1848 by Don Pedro II. The gardens, projected by Jean Baptiste Binot under the Emperor”s personal orientation, stand out. Besides the objects and furniture from the Palace, the Museum displays relics from Imperial Brazil such as Dom Pedro II”s crown. The Museum also houses an art gallery and the Imperial Museum Historical Archive.

Crystal Palace
The Palace, with its metal structure and glass enclosure, was made in France. It is a perfect example of the new architectonic style that emerged with the Industrial Revolution. It was the stage for many ballroom dances, starting on its inauguration day on February 2, 1884. It was also the place where Princess Isabel signed the liberation of 103 slaves just before the abolition of slavery.

Quitandinha Palace
The name Quitandinha comes from the fact that in the beginning of the century, the place was used as a stop for travelers to eat and rest. It is an impressive Norman style palace, with 50,000 m2 of constructed area and 6 floors. The decoration was done by Dorothy Drape, a famous Hollywood set designer. Quitandinha Palace tells the history of the golden age of radio, casinos and slap-stick comedy. In 1944, it was transformed into a luxurious hotel-casino.

Events

Bauernfest (June)
The party is to honor the German community and offers a lot of music, food and typical dances. The event is the second biggest in the State and it is held in a village built near the Crystal Palace.

Agriculture-Cattle Raising Exposition (April)
The exposition is held annually on the Municipal Park grounds. It lasts one week and thousands of people visit it.

Christmas
It is the city’s favorite festivity. Petrópolis is totally decorated and trimmed with millions of multicolor lights. Choir concerts and candle processions provide a wonderful touch to the Imperial City during the period.