Some 270,000 people call Petropolis in Rio de Janeiro home.
The national capital Brasilia is located 560 miles (901 kilometers) northwest of Petropolis, while Rio de Janeiro is 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the south.
Petropolis is blessed with some wonderful public squares, ideal for meeting the locals and watching the world go by. The most popular of these are Liberty Square and of course Baltazar da Silveira Square. Those with plenty of time might also enjoy Soberba Vista Square and Higino da Silveira Square.
Petropolis is a great place to check out cultural triumphs and oddities; there’s plenty to explore at its three favorite museums. A cultural banquet awaits at the Imperial Museum, the House of Santos Dumont Museum or the House of Ipiranga, three of the best museum experiences which promise a thought-provoking day out.
For generations the private domain of this region’s most influential families, today, the gates to Petropolis’s two most stately residences are open to visitors from all over the world. Call into the Rio Negro Palace and the well-preserved Grao-Para Palace, and take a peek into the lives of this city’s wealthy classes.
Wander back through the ages by spending a little time at the many well-preserved heritage sites in Petropolis. Lovers of history will enjoy the Rui Barbosa House, the House of Princess Isabel and the Barao de Maua House, just three of the area’s more photographed historic places around.
Whet your whistle with a few locally brewed ales at the Bohemia Brewery, a popular brewery in Petropolis. Join a tour to discover what makes the beer here so distinctive, then enjoy a few samples straight from the brewery tap.
No visit to the city would be complete without a stop at Crystal Palace. This is one of the more popular attractions in the area. While you are exploring, don't forget that this place is not just attractive, it also reflects an important time in history.
Don't miss the opportunity to admire the wonderful forts and castles in the region. When you see the fairytale-like shape of the historic Itapaiva Castle, it’s very easy to imagine how nobles used to battle for their empire.
An iconic religious building, one of the most popular of the many historic attractions in this city, is the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara. Visit this special place to explore its cultural significance and also to study its design.