Best Things To Do in Petropolis, Brazil

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Museu Imperial (Imperial Museum)

  • The former home of the Brazilian monarchs. Lavish interiors, exquisite gardens, and rich histories have made this one of the most popular monuments in the country.

Museu Casa de Santos Dumont (House of Santos Dumont)

  •  House of an eccentric inventor, aviator and balloonist, Alberto Santos Dumont, preserved as it was during the life of its owner.

Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal)

  • A historical greenhouse famous for an event where the Princess symbolically decreed a number of slaves free shortly before abolishing slavery altogether.

Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara

  •  The city’s main church, built in neo-Gothic style, also serves as the mausoleum to the Royal Family.

Castelo de Itaipava

  • An endlessly charming castle built from materials collected from all over Europe. It serves as the city’s favourite wedding and party venue.

Trono de Fatima (Fatima’s Throne)

  •  An exquisite religious monument, rich in numerical symbology, set atop a hill with fine views.

Rios Brasileiros Rafting

  • A rafting and hiking outfit with bilingual guides.
  • Shop till you drop at the Rua do Imperador, unless you want to buy clothes, in which case go to Rua Teresa.
  • Get out to the rural areas of Taquaril, Brejal and Araras.
  • Head out to the near mystical Serra dos Órgãos national park.

Below we have a list of things to do in Petropolis and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Petropolis getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Petropolis with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Petropolis

Here is the list of things to do in Petropolis and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Cervejaria Bohemia

    4.7 (66 Votes)
    Cervejaria Bohemia

    Food And Drinks, Brewery

    It says something about a town’s character when its foremost attraction is a giant brewery. Indeed, it styles itself as Brazil’s largest brewery. Its guided tours are immensely popular. They take you through the thousands of years of the history of beer, by the way of fun of interactive exhibits of light, sound and 3D videos – the tour is chock full in interesting trivia. And ...Read more
  2. Imperial Museum

    4.8 (42 Votes)
    Imperial Museum

    Museum, Garden

    The king Dom Pedro II used to live in this magnificent palace. The beautiful neo-classical building was completed in 1862, and is today one of the most visited monuments in Brazil. The building shares its spotlight with the palace gardens, which are a formal arrangement with plants from 15 different regions around the world – Australian palm, French grass, Madagascar bananas, and African ...Read more
  3. Museu Casa De Santos Dumont

    Museum, Specialty Museum, Heritage Building

    This French Alpine style summer residence of Alberto Santos Dumont, famous Brazilian inventor, balloonist and aviator, was built in 1918. He and others called the house ‘Enchanted’, after the name of the hill on which it stood. Inside, the house’s layout is highly efficient. The ground floor was a workshop and a scientific laboratory; the second floor has a mezzanine, a bedroo...Read more
  4. Crystal Palace

    Outdoors, Palace, Nature

    Opened in 1884, this lovely greenhouse was commissioned by the Count d'Eu and by the Princess Isabelle to exhibit the regions flowers, other plants and birds. In 1888, the Princess held a historic party where she symbolically freed a few slaves, only some time before she signed a law that formally abolished slavery in Brazil. The palace is loved for its pretty and elegant glass and steel body, ...Read more
  5. Catedral De Sao Pedro De Alcantara

    Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    The church’s architecture would be enough of a reason to visit, for it’s beautiful, a soaring French neo-Gothic structure that took nearly 88 years to construct. However, it is also the royal Mausoleum, where the Emperor Dom Pedro II; Empress Teresa Cristina; Princess Imperial Isabel and her husband Prince Gaston the Count of Eu are buried. The highlights of the church are: The Roy...Read more
  6. Quitandinha Palace

    Outdoors, Garden, Palace

    For about 2 years in the mid-20th century, the French Norman palace was a thriving hotel-casino. After gambling was banned though, the hotel eventually shut down. Now the 440 rooms are either leased out or sold, to be used as private living quarters. That doesn’t mean the palace has lost its tourist appeal. Aside from its magnificent façade, the palace grounds and gardens are an at...Read more
  7. Museu De Cera De Petropolis

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    Madame Tussauds this is not, but the city’s wax museum holds its own with greats with hyper-realistic models of Brazilian and international celebrities. The range of characters covers historical, scientists, political and pop-culture, including Batman, Nelson Mandela and Superman. Some of the characters have scenarios designed around their figures, which reflect their contextual condition...Read more
  8. Rio Negro Palace

    4.4 (61 Votes)
    Rio Negro Palace

    Art And Culture, Art Gallery, Performance, Convention Center

    The palace used to be the home of the German rubber baron Waldemar Scholz, and was later the summer residence of the Presidents of Brazil. In 1997, it was remade into convention and cultural centre. Special art exhibitions, musical performances, and photography galleries are frequently hosted here. When you visit, notice the antique furniture and the period décor – they are reflect...Read more
  9. Casa Da Princesa Isabel

    4.1 (72 Votes)
    Casa Da Princesa Isabel

    Garden, Souvenir Shop

    A famous photograph was clicked on the porch of this 1853 neo-classical house in the last days of the Brazilian monarchy; it was one of the last photos of the royal family on Brazilian soil. It is now a place of diplomatic affairs, which also means that the house is not open to the public. You’re welcome to check it out from the outside though, and hang out in the gardens. You can at the ...Read more
  10. Castelo De Itaipava

    4.5 (52 Votes)
    Castelo De Itaipava

    Library, Landmark, Castle

    This 1922 castle isn’t just European medieval Renaissance style in appearance, but also in material. Stone from Portugal, slate from France, Italian Carrara marble, English rosewood and Austrian stained glass all went into its building. The result is the most charming wedding venue imaginable in Petropolis. Celebrities frequently rent it out to party too. And at other times, it’s a ...Read more
  11. Trono De Fatima

    4.5 (60 Votes)
    Trono De Fatima

    Landmark, View Point, Monument, Statue

    Heard of Heitor da Silva Costa? He was the man behind Rio de Janiero’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, and he is the man behind this 3.5 metre high monument too. The image shows Our Lady of Fatima and the angel Gabriel under a dome of seven pillars. The monument is rich in numerical symbols: Three steps for the Rosary Five colonnades for Christ’s five wounds Seven pillars for se...Read more
  12. Igreja Luterana De Petropolis

    Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    German immigrants founded this Lutheran church back in 1863, making this the oldest church in the city. Despite its origins, it has historically been a popular place with Catholics too. It is a light and airy looking building, built in European Gothic style. It’s exterior charm contrasts with it interior severity; there is not much decoration. This is because of the law that existed durin...Read more
  13. Casa Do Colono Alemao

    4.4 (31 Votes)
    Casa Do Colono Alemao

    Historical Site

    This simple looking house, with walls dabbed with mud to shore up cracks, is a precious heritage from a time when German immigrants were trying to make a home for themselves. It belonged to the Sutter Family, who built it in 1847, and is still furnished with the furniture and decorations they brought into it. The main highlights of the house are the kitchen and the garage. Of special interest a...Read more
  14. Yellow Palace

    4.3 (44 Votes)
    Yellow Palace

    Palace, Hall

    The reason why this palace is a tourist attraction is simple enough – it’s unbelievably beautiful. Built in the mid nineteenth century, it is now Petropolis’ city hall. It’s highlights are: The Rococo Hermogênio Silva hall. This hall is most appreciated for its woodwork sculpturing, and the ceiling paintings The skylight The Eagle’s Fountain in front of the ...Read more
  15. Cremerie Park

    4.5 (37 Votes)
    Cremerie Park

    Outdoors, Park, Nature

    The park’s large 47,000 square metres area contains playgrounds, jogging tracks, sports facilities, a lake with paddle boats and even an old cheese factory. Yet none of these are the park’s true attraction. No, that’s the tranquillity. Despite being immensely popular with local families, and being visited by hundreds of people every day, it is still one of the city’s mos...Read more