Petropolis Tourism

It’s name means ‘City of Peter’, and it was where the rulers of Brazil have always escaped to during the summer, thanks to it’s relatively cooler climate. It was settled in the 16th century, but only properly began to develop once the Emperor Pedro I commissioned his Summer Palace to be built here. An influx of German immigrants helped to form the settlement in 1843.

Touristically, the city’s main treasure is the Summer Palace, now converted into the Imperial Museum, one of the most visited museums in the country. The other attractions around town are similar; and focus on the city’s religious, royal or political heritage. If this all sounds boring from the perspective of sightseeing, rest assured it’s truly not, for the city is very charming. Like the rulers of Brazil before you, think of it as a place to retreat to, not a place to explore. One of the cooler attractions in town is the Bohemian Brewery, which is the largest in the country.

Try and visit the city in July, so that you can catch it at it’s full Germanic charm, what with the festival and then the musical concerts at the end of the month. The nightlife is thin, but you can get some decent shopping done. If you get in touch with local travel guides, they’ll take you around rafting and trekking options through the countryside.

Essential travel information and Petropolis tips for your visit

Time Zone:

  • BRT (UTC−3)


  • Brazilian real


  • Portuguese, English, Spanish

Off-Beaten Path:

  • N/A


  • You don’t need to tip, except when being dropped to or from the airport; and a R$5/10 tip for the bellhop at hotels.

Tourist Traps:

  • Imperial Museum, Crystal Palace, Castelo de Itaipava


  • Kissing on the cheek is a common greeting for women, but men should stick handshakes and backslaps with each other.
  • Don’t make the ‘OK’ sign with your hand.
  • It’s ok and expected to be slightly late
  • Avoid sensitive topics.
  • Don’t be late answering social media and email and texts.

Electricity and Internet:

  • Plug type:C, N
  • Standard:NBR 14136
  • 127 V; 220 V
  • 60 Hz


  • NEVER drink and drive in Brazil. The police are unbelievably strict, and allowed to arrest you on mere suspicion.
  • Emergencies: 190 (police), 192 (ambulance)
  • Robbery is common, so take the usual precautions
  • Know the pollution level of Petropolis before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 87.5 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Petropolis for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Petropolis.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 33.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 33.33 (Low)
    • Attacks 50 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.33 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 54.9 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 25.86 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.5 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 94.44 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Petropolis

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.41 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 44.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.59 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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