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Arriving Petropolis
Arriving Petropolis (4)
Trip Date:2012-08-18
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Countries visited:Brazil
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Our visit to Petrópolis city was in October of 2012. It was a 2 days trip where we visit some of the turistic places, including the Imperial Museum, the Crystal Palace and the Petropolis Cathedral. We realy recomend the adega/restaurant Bourdeux where we have a marvelous night dinner.
We try to return to Petropolis this year during the German Parties but all hotels were full.

Here some information about the city:

Petrópolis, also known as The Imperial City of Brazil, is a city in the state of Rio de Janeiro, at a distance of 68 km from the state capital.
Nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of the Quitandinha and Piabanha rivers, Petrópolis is a popular winter holiday spot. Besides the climate and surroundings, the main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian emperor, which is now the Imperial Museum, specializing in Imperial history and memorabilia.

The town's name ("city of Peter") honors Emperor Pedro II, the nation's second monarch and son of Pedro I. The city was the summer residence of the Brazilian Emperors and aristocrats in the 19th century, and was the official capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1902.

German farmers from the Rhineland were encouraged to immigrate and to settle on the Emperor's outlying lands, to help give the Palace a charming urban setting. The settlement of Petrópolis was founded on March 16, 1843, being promoted to city in 1857. The road connecting the city to Rio de Janeiro was opened in 1910 and paved in 1928. The urban design was carried out by Major-Engineer Julius Friedrich Koeler.

Petrópolis has a subtropical highland variety of the Oceanic Climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb) caused by elevation with humid summers. The rainfall is approximately 2,400 mm (94 in) per annum.
The temperature is mild. The annual average is around 19 °C (66 °F). In warmer months, the average temperature is 23 °C (73 °F) and the average of the coldest month is 15 °C (59 °F). According to the National Institute of Meteorology (pt: Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia), the lowest temperature recorded was −0.7 °C (30.7 °F) on August 2, 1955 and the highest temperature recorded was 36.6 °C (97.9 °F), on November 6, 2009.

The main attractions of the city are:
Açu Hill (Serra dos Órgãos National Park)
Castle of the Baron of Itaipava
Crystal Palace
District of Itaipava
Fatima’s Throne
Grão-Pará Palace
House of Ipiranga (“House of the Seven Mistakes")
House of Joaquim Nabuco
House of Princess Isabel
House of Rui Barbosa
House of Santos-Dumont
House of the Baron and Viscount of Arinos
House of the Baron and Viscount of Mauá
House of the Viscount of Caeté
Imperial Museum of Brazil
Monastery of the Virgin
Petrópolis City Park
Petrópolis Wax Museum
Quitandinha Palace
Rio Negro Palace
Rural touristic tours of Taquaril, Brejal and Araras
Saint Peter of Alcantara Cathedral (Catedral de Petrópolis) with the Imperial Mausoleum
Valparaíso (Gastronomic and Entertainment Center of Petrópolis)