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Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal) Tours

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Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal)
The city of Petrópolis (also known as the Imperial City) was founded upon royal opulence and wealth, and this is reflected in the lavish design of the city’s Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal). The ornate iron-and-glass structure was originally used as a hothouse for growing orchids and is now a venue for various cultural events.
 
The Basics
Built in France and transported to the hills outside of Rio, the palace was initially offered as a gift from Count D’Eu to Princess Izabel. For years this venue was used to host extravagant royal balls, and there are still concerts and opera performances held in the palace today. If you’re staying in Petrópolis, check the schedule of events to experience one of the shows. Or, if you’re visiting on a day trip from Rio de Janeiro, simply explore the manicured grounds around the historic greenhouse.
 
Private and group day trips to Petrópolis from Rio de Janeiro typically visit the Crystal Palace as well as the Imperial Museum, St. Peter of Alcantara Cathedral, and Cervejaria Bohemia, where you can sample some Bohemia Pilsen, the first beer made in Brazil.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Crystal Palace is a must-visit for those with an interest in Brazil’s imperial history.
  • Admission to the Crystal Palace is free, although there may be a fee to attend special events.
  • The architecture was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace, built in 1851.
  • You can get information about special events from the visitor’s center on Liberty Square.

How to Get There
Petrópolis is a 2-hour drive from Rio de Janeiro. Crystal Palace is located north of the city center, on the western banks of the Piabanha River. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from other notable city attractions, such as Cervejaria Bohemia and the Imperial Museum. If you don’t have a car, the easiest way to get there is with a guided tour.
 
When to Get There
The palace and its surrounding gardens are a hive of activity during events held throughout the year. Check the calendar to find out when live music performances and art exhibitions are scheduled. One of the biggest events is June’s Bauernfest, which celebrates the city’s German heritage with traditional food, craft beers, and folkloric dance performances.
 
The Gardens
Though the palace’s ornate architecture and dazzling grand chandelier are major draws, the surrounding gardens are equally alluring. The manicured lawns are framed by tall trees and embellished with groomed hedges. Two fountains shoot water into pools and the spray is welcome on a hot day—it’s the perfect place to rest, cool off, and soak up your surroundings.

Address: Rua Alfredo Pacha, s/n, Petropolis, RJ, Brazil, Brazil
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Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

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Explore the mountain retreat of Petrópolis on this full-day guided tour. Once a summer holiday destination for the royalty of Brazil, Petrópolis features landmarks like the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum and the burial place of Dom Pedro II. Purchase a tour upgrade for a stop at Cervejaria Bohemia, where you'll taste one of Brazil's favorite lagers and learn about the history and science behind this brewery through a tour and interactive exhibits. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.99
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Petropolis The Imperial City Private Tour

Petropolis The Imperial City Private Tour

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Get to know Petrópolis, the Imperial City of the State of Rio de Janeiro, during this private tour from Rio. Following hotel pickup, travel in a private vehicle through Serra dos Órgãos National Park, stopping for great photo ops along the way. Tour the Quitandinha Palace and the Imperial Museum to get a sense of the region's history. Stop for a traditional Brazilian lunch, then take a walking tour of the historic streets lined with examples of architecture from different eras. End your day with a visit to the local brewery. Enjoy personal attention and a flexible itinerary tailored to your interests on this private tour.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.10
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Historical Tour - Petrópolis including Cervejaria Bohemia with Lunch

Historical Tour - Petrópolis including Cervejaria Bohemia with Lunch

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This tour is for you who enjoy mountain regions with an always cool climate and surrounded by green hills with unique silhouettes. The city of Petrópolis is located at the top of Serra da Estrela in the state of Rio de Janeiro, at 845 meters altitude, mixing and combining the past and present with the charm of the imperial period buildings and the exuberant nature of Serra dos Órgãos. Turistando RJ takes you to know several landmarks of the Imperial City starting from its own route, going up the Serra de Petrópolis with a privileged view from the top. Upon arrival in the city we will visit the German House, Quitandinha Palace, Imperial Palace, St. Peter's Cathedral, Crystal Palace, Katz Chocolate House, Santos Dumont House, Bohemia Brewery and Sovereign Restaurant.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$67.71
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Day Trip to Petrópolis from Rio de Janeiro

Day Trip to Petrópolis from Rio de Janeiro

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Travel by coach from Rio de Janeiro to the historical city of Petrópolis on this day trip, with guided tours of several must-see attractions. See the summer residence of Dom Pedro II and learn more about Brazil’s 19th-century royal rule at the Imperial Museum. View the Gothic-style interior of St Peter of Alcantara Cathedral, tour the Crystal Palace and Santos Dumont Museum, shop on renowned Tereza Street and taste chocolate at the Patrone chocolate factory.
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  • 7 hours
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$62.25
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Private Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Private Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Petrópolis, a European-like mountain retreat where Dom Pedro II once moved his imperial court during the summer months, sits just north of Rio de Janeiro. Follow in the footsteps of Brazilian royalty during this tour, and visit the Crystal Palace, St. Peter of Alcantara Cathedral, and the Imperial Museum with your own private guide and driver. This leaves you free time to visit Rua Teresa shopping street or other attractions of your choosing.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Private Tour: Petropolis - The Hidden Gem of Rio de Janeiro

Private Tour: Petropolis - The Hidden Gem of Rio de Janeiro

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Discover and explore Petropolis, the Imperial City, a hidden gem in the State of Rio de Janeiro, in this special private tour. Learn about the history of Brazil and the Royal family, visit the most important historical sites, walk by the streets and feel the enchanted atmosphere of this charming and lovely city. You're gonna be surprised and amazed !
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.10
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Unforgettable Petrópolis imperial city historical day trip

Unforgettable Petrópolis imperial city historical day trip

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Step back into Brazil’s colonial past with this day trip from Rio de Janeiro to the imperial city of Petrópolis. Transport is organized in advance to get you from Rio to the former summer retreat of Brazil’s last monarch, the 19th Century Emperor Dom Pedro II – no need to hire a rental car and try your luck on unfamiliar roads. Once there, explore highlights like the casino of Quitandinha Hotel, the striking Crystal Palace greenhouse and the Imperial Palace Museum.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Private Petropolis Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Private Petropolis Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Off Rio de Janeiro - Petropolis Private Tour Imperial summer city of royal family driving up the mountains An option if you have extra time in Rio, Petropolis will surprise you. 70km away from Rio, Petropolis has a totally different atmosphere and architecture from Rio. Feel in Europe! Petropolis was founded by D. Peter the II to build the summer imperial palace for the portguese royal family. Feel in Europe! - Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone). - Quitandinha Palace (outside garden area): was once the biggest palace of south america. - Imperial Museum: used to be the summer house of the imperial family. - St. Peter of Alcantara Cathedral: exotic church with neo-gothic architecture. - Stop for lunch in a portuguese restaurant. - Crystal Palace: built to be Princess Isabel's botanical garden, today hosts exhibitions and events. - Santos Dumont house: house where santos dumont lived years before he died, - Drop-off at your place (in the south or central zone).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.57
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Petropolis

Petropolis

Our excursion PETROPOLIS TOUR FROM RIO DE JANEIRO is a perfect opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Brazil: the Imperial city of Petrópolis, named that way for being the summer residence of Emperor Dom Pedro II in the nineteenth century. This tour will delight you with the beautiful architecture, as we learn more about the culture and history of the imperial Brazil. We will visit the Imperial Museum, the Crystal Palace, the Gothic Cathedral of San Pedro de Alcantara and the former residence of Santos Dumont
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  • 8 hours
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Petrópolis City and Brewery Bohemia Tour - Best of Rio's Mountains

Petrópolis City and Brewery Bohemia Tour - Best of Rio's Mountains

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Get to know the country outside of Rio de Janeiro's borders, including the city of Petropolis, during this guided day tour. Listen to guided commentary on the area's culture and history as you explore, then end up with a beer tasting at one of the region's best breweries.
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  • 8 hours
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$135.14
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Petropolis The Imperial City with Beer tour and Lunch

Petropolis The Imperial City with Beer tour and Lunch

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Petrópolis a city in Rio de Janeiro State also known such as Imperial City. It was the first planned city construction of Brazil and modern world in 19th century. The Imperator Dom Pedro II, in 1843 made the region as his summer staying, ten years later in 1853 the first brewery of Brazil was founded in Petrópolis, but in 1898 was renamed Bohemia.
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  • 10 hours
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Petrópolis Private Tour - The City of the Brazilian Royal Family

Petrópolis Private Tour - The City of the Brazilian Royal Family

Get to know the history and beauty of Petropolis with transportation and professional guide with all the necessary information for your entertainment and culture. With the royal family residing in Rio de Janeiro, many trips were made crossing the interior of the present state of RJ, In one of these voyages made by Dom Pedro I in 1822, which traveled from Rio de Janeiro to the Golden Path in Minas Gerais, the emperor lodged at the Padre Correia farm in the region. The enchantment was immediate, and there began a love story between Dom Pedro I and the region of Petropolis, which shortly afterwards acquired the then Fazenda do Córrego Seco, which would be called "Petropolis.".
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  • 7 to 10 hours
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Petropolis Bohemia: Historic tour and visit to the Bohemian Brewery

Petropolis Bohemia: Historic tour and visit to the Bohemian Brewery

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Our tour of Petropolis Bohemia is for those who enjoy a good beer. After visiting the main sights of the city of Petrópolis, we will go to the circuit of the Bohemia brewery that counts on the tasting of the 3 main beers of the brand. The city of Petropolis, also known as the "Imperial City" for having been the refuge of the imperial family during the summer, houses a beautiful architectural complex with buildings such as Petrópolis Cathedral, one of the only neo-Gothic churches in Brazil. Imperial Museum, where it was the residence of the imperial family and that counts on a great collection of pieces of the time and the Palace Quitandinha, that was the biggest hotel casino of Latin America, in the decade of 40. Who enters the Bohemia Brewery, immediately falls in love with the beer universe. The visit offers the most complete brewing experience in Latin America.
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  • 9 hours
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$70.28
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Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour Optional Lunch & Bohemia Brewery

Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour Optional Lunch & Bohemia Brewery

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Venture away from the busy city of Rio and take a tour of Petropolis and the Bohemia Brewery on a small-group tour. Visit key landmarks such as the Imperial Palace, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the house of Santos Dumont, Quitandinha Palace, and much more. After a delicious Brazilian lunch, head to the Bohemia Brewery to learn about beermaking and sample the famous Brazilian beer.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$34.00
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Petrópolis Imperial City Tour

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Petrópolis Imperial City Tour

In this tour you will get to know Petrópolis. A charming city that tells the history of Brazil in the Imperial era in an exuberant way. During the tour it will be possible to visit the Imperial Museum, visit the Crystal Palace and even the Quintandinha Palace. When you are in shape, everyone will have lunch at one of the best located restaurants in the city, next to the Imperial Museum.
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  • 12 hours
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Petrópolis City Tour with lunch

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Petrópolis City Tour with lunch

In this tour you will get to know Petrópolis. A charming city that tells the history of Brazil in the Imperial era in an exuberant way. During the tour it will be possible to visit the Imperial Museum, visit the Crystal Palace and even the Quintandinha Palace. When you are in shape, everyone will have lunch at one of the best located restaurants in the city, next to the Imperial Museum.
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  • 12 hours
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Imperial Petropolis from Rio de Janeiro!

Imperial Petropolis from Rio de Janeiro!

Tour where it combines history and architecture, a walk through the imperial city where we will know the history since the arrival of the kings of Portugal, many constructions of the time that are still intact and to finish the tour an internal walk through one of the breweries most famous in Brazil
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  • 9 hours
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$75.68
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Petrópolis: Imperial Museum, Santos Dumont's house, Cathedral, Teresa Street

Petrópolis: Imperial Museum, Santos Dumont's house, Cathedral, Teresa Street

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This is for those how love history and architecture. Favorite destination of locals when winter comes, Petropolis combines the charm of the buildings of the imperial period with the chill of the mountains and the quality of infrastructure. The city of Petropolis, also known as the "Imperial City" for having been the refuge of the portuguese imperial family during the summer, is a historic city that keeps a beautiful architectural complex with buildings like the Cathedral of Petrópolis, the Imperial Museum, where it was the residence of the imperial family and the Quitandinha Palace, that was the biggest hotel casino of Latin America, in the 40’s. You'll also have the chance to visit Santos Dumont's house, who was an aviation pioneer. After visiting the most important spots of Petropolis, we'll have a break at Teresa Street to shopping.
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  • 9 hours
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$48.65
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Private Day Trip Petrópolis with St. Peter Cathedral and Imperial Museum

Private Day Trip Petrópolis with St. Peter Cathedral and Imperial Museum

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Delve deeper into the history of Brazil on a day trip to the historic city of Petropolis, located high in the mountains. Letting someone else drive allows you to relax and focus on the mountain scenery, while a private guide gives you undivided attention and allows ample time for asking questions.
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  • 7 hours
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$71.80
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Full Day Private Petropolis Tour - Imperial City - For 1-5 PAX - From Rio

Full Day Private Petropolis Tour - Imperial City - For 1-5 PAX - From Rio

The experience of getting to know the emperor's favorite city in a pleasant climate, strolling through the tree-lined streets and visiting historical places with a specialized guide is unforgettable.
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  • 9 hours
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$389.19
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Petropolis with Brazilian Barbecue Lunch & Beer Experience Tour

Petropolis with Brazilian Barbecue Lunch & Beer Experience Tour

Visiting the charming imperial city of Petropolis is not only an amazing opportunity to hear about the 19th-century Brazilian history, but it is also a food and drink experience. Brazilian barbecue, Beer brewing tasting, it is an amazing way to do a completely different program, special if you've been already in Rio and want something different. In the last part of the tour, we feature the history of beer in Brazil by visiting the first Beer Factory in the country still in operation, but up to date, of course... The production process, and ingredients that bring visitors to unique both sensory and tastings experiences when stoping at three production stations entitled to 1 tasting per person: 1st Station: Traditional Beer - Pilsen 2nd Station: Beer 14 Weiss - Malted Lighter 3rd Station: Palle Ale 838 beer (Inglish Palle) - Darker, Litter.
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  • 8 hours
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Petrópolis tour with lunch and visit to Bohemia

Petrópolis tour with lunch and visit to Bohemia

Pleasant visitation tour to the most famous tourist spots in Petrópolis, including Casa de Santos Dumont, Crystal Palace, Quitandinha, Chocolate Factory, Rua Teresa, Clock of Flowers, Praça da Liberdade, Petrópolis Cathedral and Cervejaria Bohemia.  
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  • 12 hours
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Guided Tour to the Imperial City of Petrópolis with Lunch

Guided Tour to the Imperial City of Petrópolis with Lunch

The visit to the city of Petrópolis is a dive into our history. Known as the summer city of the royal family, Petrópolis houses a cultural collection of extreme importance for our country. The Imperial Museum is the most important point of visit, where you will be able to see up close all the furniture, works of art, clothes, jewelry and accessories used by the royal family. The city is quite charming and its cold climate attracts tourists from all over the world.
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  • 10 hours
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Imperial Petropolis Tour with Imperial Museum Ticket

Imperial Petropolis Tour with Imperial Museum Ticket

The city grew up around the palace, aided by the creation of a colony of German farmers. The cool climate, the ideal altitude for walks, and the installation of the Imperial family in the city, during a good part of the year, made much of the nobility to also build their summer residences in Petrópolis. European buildings, German influence, the court life transplanted to the mountains, in the middle of this beautiful forest, made up a scenario of undeniable attraction for today's traveler.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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