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Crystal Palace

Admire the design of this French-built glasshouse, relax in its pleasant garden and attend cultural events such as art exhibits and concerts.

Visit the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal) when touring the historical attractions and museums of Petrópolis. This landmark is a place to enjoy varied cultural experiences and relax while surrounded by the peaceful confines of nature. Count d’Eu commissioned the Crystal Palace in 1884 for his wife, Crown Princess Isabel. In 1888 it witnessed the liberation of the last slaves of Petrópolis and became an events venue in the 1900s.

Notice the building’s glass and steel frame with blue-green windowpanes. It was built in workshops in France and later shipped to Brazil. The architects took inspiration from London’s Crystal Palace. It features a symmetrical cross-shape layout with curving windows on its east and west sides. The interior is empty, with a floral-patterned tile floor and a chandelier, which hangs in the center.

Outside, the palace’s garden presents nice views of the elegant exterior. The well-maintained lawns are framed by tall trees and decorated with topiary-style hedges. Two fountains shoot water into pools and the spray is refreshingly cool on a hot day. Sit on one of the benches if you want to rest for a while.

The palace and gardens become a hive of activity during year-round events. Attend live music performances, browse art exhibitions and watch German folk dancing on Saturday afternoons. One of the biggest events is June’s Bauernfest, which celebrates the city’s German heritage. It’s a raucous festival of traditional food, such as wurst sausages and sauerkraut, craft beers and folkloric dance displays.

Find this attraction north of the city center of Petrópolis on the western banks of the Piabanha River. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from other notable city attractions. Take a guided tour of Cervejaria Bohemia, the longest-running brewery in Brazil. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara, the Imperial Museum and the Yellow Palace.

The Crystal Palace is open daily and admission is free. Special events may have admission charges. Ask for information at the visitor center on Liberty Square.


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Hotel Casablanca Imperial

Hotel Casablanca Imperial

Rua Da Imperatriz, 286 Centro, Petropolis
4.1
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Imperial Museum, Yellow Palace, and Casa De Claudio De Souza. House of Princess Isabel and Rui Barbosa House are also within 10 minutes.

$63
Hotel Casablanca Koeler

Hotel Casablanca Koeler

Avenida Koeler, 61 - Centro, Petropolis
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Rio Negro Palace, House of Princess Isabel, and Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara. Expeditioners Square and Liberty Square are also within 5 minutes.

$96
Casablanca Center Hotel

Casablanca Center Hotel

Rua General Osório, 28 - Centro, Petropolis
4.6
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Expeditioners Square, Liberty Square, and Casa De Claudio De Souza. Petropolis Wax Museum and Yellow Palace are also within 10 minutes.

Um Hostel

Um Hostel

Rua Padre Siqueira 325, Petropolis
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Center, this hostel is steps from Crystal Palace, Bohemia Brewery, and Barao de Maua House. Liberty Square and Expeditioners Square are also within 10 minutes.

Morada e Chalet Petrópolis - Centro Histórico

Morada e Chalet Petrópolis - Centro Histórico

Avenida Piabanha, Centro, Petropolis
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Petropolis, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Barao de Maua House, Crystal Palace, and Bohemia Brewery. Estacio de Sa University and Petropolis SENAI are also within 15 minutes.

$163
Hotel Solar do Império

Hotel Solar do Império

Av. Koeler, 376, Petropolis
4.4
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Liberty Square, Expeditioners Square, and Rio Negro Palace. House of Princess Isabel and Petropolis Wax Museum are also within 5 minutes.

$42
ACE Imperial

ACE Imperial

Av. Piabanha, 363, Petropolis
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Petropolis, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Barao de Maua House, Crystal Palace, and Bohemia Brewery. House of Princess Isabel and Liberty Square are also within 15 minutes.

Casa Piabanha Centro Histórico

Casa Piabanha Centro Histórico

Av. Piabanha 381 - Centro, Petropolis
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Petropolis, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Barao de Maua House, Crystal Palace, and Bohemia Brewery. House of Princess Isabel and Liberty Square are also within 15 minutes.