Petrópolis is a beautiful historic city located 70km away from Rio de Janeiro, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro. His story begins on one of the trips made by Dom Pedro I. In 1822, during a crossing on the tortuous Caminho do Ouro (gold way), which connected Rio de Janeiro to Minas Gerais, the emperor stayed on a farm in the mountain region. He was enchanted by the region and ended up buying the farm where he stayed and some properties in the surroundings. The city of Petrópolis was founded some time later on the initiative of his son and heir, Emperor Dom Pedro II. The name Petrópolis comes from the junction of the Latin word Petrus (Pedro) with the Greek word Pólis (city), forming “City of Pedro”. Nowadays Petrópolis attracts many tourists for numerous reasons such as: tourist attractions, history, gastronomy, natural beauty and its mild climate. We will suggest a one-day tour of Petrópolis, pointing out some main attractions. However, of course, I emphasize that it is a city rich in options that go far beyond our itinerary. Our idea is just to show the charms of the city and give you a starting point so that you can fully enjoy your tour.
I suggest starting the day at the Quitandinha Palace, built in 1944 to be the largest casino hotel in South America, started to struggle in 1946, when gambling was banned in Brazil. In 1963, the apartments were sold and the hotel was transformed into a luxury condominium. In 2007 it was acquired by Sesc Rio and underwent renovations. Today it functions as a center of culture and leisure, open to visitors. The palace was built in Norman-French style externally and Rococo Hollywood inside. It is worth the visit to get an idea of the grandeur of the place and the luxury of the time it was built. On sunny days, there is also a pedal boat ride across the lake. And inside the palace, there is a bowling alley. Free visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday and holidays, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
From 11 am The Imperial Museum is open to visitors. It has the main collection of the country related to the Brazilian empire, especially the so-called Second Reign, period governed by Dom Pedro II. There are about 300 thousand museological, archival and bibliographic items available to researchers and others interested in knowing a little more about the theme, in addition to constant events, exhibitions and educational projects. Visitation: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 6pm.
Petrópolis Cathedral is dedicated to São Pedro de Alcântara, patron of the Brazilian monarchy. The church started its construction in 1884 and has a neo-Gothic style. In the cathedral is the Imperial Mausoleum with the remains of Dom Pedro II, D Tereza Cristina, Princess Isabel and her husband, Count D´Eu.
The Crystal Palace hosts cultural events and various exhibitions in Petrópolis. It was the scene, in April 1888, of the liberation of the last slaves of Petrópolis, in a large party attended by Princess Isabel. Inaugurated in 1884, it was commissioned by Count D´Eu, husband of the princess, to receive exhibitions of agricultural products and birds. The structure, although simple, is very beautiful.
Tour of Bohemia Brewery. The Tour presents the history of beer, its production process and ingredients that lead visitors to sensory experiences and tastings.
These are some of the main attractions of the city. There are other incredible attractions like the aviator Santos Dumond’s house, Praça da Liberdade, Ipiranga Natural Park, among others. It is at your discretion, according to your planning to fit the most interesting attractions for you.