Museu de Família Colonial

Santa Catarina

Learn about Blumenau’s beginnings in this group of houses that were occupied by the city’s founder, Herman Bruno Otto Blumenau, in the 1850s. His daughter’s cat cemetery – where Pepito, Mirko, Bum, Putzi, Schnurr and other beloved feline companions lie interred – is a nice spot of contemplation in the rambling backyard garden.

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1. Museu da Cerveja

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The small Museu da Cerveja is dedicated to the city's long history of beer brewing.

2. Mausoléu

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The Mausoléu Dr Blumenau is the final resting place of Dr Blumenau himself, founder of the city.

3. Igreja Luterana do Espírito Santo


Lutheran churches loom over town; the most beautiful is Igreja do Espírito Santo, a gem inaugurated in 1877 that still stands east of the center.

4. Catedral São Paulo Apóstolo

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Awash in red granite and stained glass, Blumenau's main cathedral is massive and not much of a looker, save its cedar entryway carvings and 45m tri-bell…

5. Castelinho da XV

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The Castelinho da XV, now a Havan department store, is a replica of the city hall of Michelstadt, Germany.

6. Rua XV Novembro

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Rua XV Novembro is home to the city’s best examples of Germanic architecture, including the Castelinho da XV, a replica of the city hall of Michelstadt,…

7. Parque Vila Germânica

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Blumenau’s festivals are held at Parque Vila Germânica, part convention hall, part kitschy Alpine village. There are several good bar/restaurants (Bier…

8. Museo Pomerano

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The Museo Pomerano explores the town’s history through household objects, furniture, wooden sculpture, agricultural tools and an impressive collection of…