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Petropolis
Popular in summer when the coast became hot and muggy, Petrópolis was the mountain getaway for Brazil’s imperial court. Nestled about 3,000 feet (914 meters) high in the Serra dos Órgãos range, the city still serves as a heat-beating retreat for the nearby residents of Rio de Janeiro.

The Basics
Known as the Imperial City, Petrópolis offers a juxtaposition between the rain forest, filled with European alpine architecture, and the Imperial Museum (Museu Imperial), a grand building that wouldn’t be out of place in Austria. Other attractions include the cathedral, with excellent views from its steps, and the glasshouse (Palácio de Cristal), imported from France for Princesa Isabel’s orchids. Rua 16 de Março is the place to go for eateries, and Rua Teresa is all about clothing shops. If you’re after something a little more active, hike and bike in the surrounding mountains.

You can tour Petrópolis by horse and buggy, which are available at the main entrance of the Imperial Museum. Guided day trips to Petrópolis from Rio de Janeiro are generally easy to arrange.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Petrópolis is wheelchair-accessible with pedestrian crosswalks and bridges. The Imperial Museum has an elevator to access the second floor, but you’ll need to navigate over cobblestones around the grounds.
  • At the Imperial Museum, visitors are given slippers in order to protect the building’s original wooden floors.

How to Get There
Buses depart from the Rodoviário Novo Rio terminal in Rio de Janeiro, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Petrópolis—the trip takes about 1.5 hours. Once in town you’ll find buses, taxis, and rental cars, although it’s possible to hit most of the highlights on foot in under four hours.

When to Get There
Most Petrópolis sights are closed on Monday, and many restaurants are closed Monday through Wednesday—so aim to visit later in the week. If you’re there at the end of June or beginning of July, check out Bauernfest, one of Brazil’s largest German festivals, featuring typical cuisine, draft beers, music, and dancing.

Cervejaria Bohemia
A must for foodies and beer lovers, Petrópolis’ Cervejaria Bohemia is Brazil's oldest brewery. Enjoy samples of specialty beers as you tour the brewery, and interact with exhibits exploring the evolution of beer and the brewing process. There’s also an on-site bar and restaurant. Signage is posted in English, and English-speaking guides are available.
Address: Petropolis 25600, 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
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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
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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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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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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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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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Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Discover Petrópolis, an historic mountain retreat for Brazil's royalty, on this full-day trip from Rio including transportation. Don't worry about renting a car or knowing your way around; your guide will lead you on tours of the burial place of Dom Pedro II, the Imperial Museum, and the Crystal Palace. Rio hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 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
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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
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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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Petropolis: The Imperial City

Petropolis: The Imperial City

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See a different side of Brazil’s history during a day trip to Petropolis from Rio de Janeiro. You’ll explore the imperial city and former home of the Brazilian monarchy without having to worry about navigating, and benefit from the insider knowledge of guide as you discover the little-known history of the region.
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  • 10 hours
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Petropolis: The Imperial City with Lunch

Petropolis: The Imperial City with Lunch

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Explore the Imperial City of Petropolis, Brazil on a guided tour with an included lunch. During Brazil’s colonization, Petropolis was frequented by Dom Pedro II and features many remnants from the period including the Imperial Museum and Quintadinha Palace. Visit these places and more during your tour to learn about the city and then enjoy a traditional Brazilian buffet lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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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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Unforgettable Petrópolis imperial city historical day trip

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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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$378.38
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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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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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City Tour Petropolis - Rio de Janeiro

City Tour Petropolis - Rio de Janeiro

Visiting the city of Petrópolis is a great opportunity to get in touch with the Brazilian history of the 19th century. This charming and imperial city, recognized for accumulating a trunk of enriching status.
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  • 8 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

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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Historic Petrópolis From Rio: The Imperial City –Palaces, Architecture & Culture

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Historic Petrópolis From Rio: The Imperial City –Palaces, Architecture & Culture

Uncover the early stories that marked the monarchical and imperial past history of Brazil and shaped its future, visit the charming historic city of Petrópolis about 1h20 from Rio. Petrópolis is known as the imperial city, where Brazilian heritage is proudly preserved in the palaces, architecture, culture, food and historical displays. It was founded in 1843 by the Emperor Dom Pedro II, and was colonized mainly by German immigrants. The Emperor was attracted by the mild climate and exuberant nature, and over the years started to move his court from Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis during the warmer months. Over time, the city developed around the imperial palace and was also kept by Brazilian presidents as the summer capital. • Step back in time to discover the earliest beginnings of Brazil & its imperial history. • Explore at your own pace in a personalized way. • Contemplate beautiful landscapes. • Take fantastic photos of the beautifully kept Petrópolis attractions.
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  • 10 hours
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Petrópolis Imperial City Tour

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

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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Guided Tour to the Imperial City of Petrópolis with Lunch

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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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