Petrópolis attractions

Top Choice National Park in Petrópolis

Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos – Vale do Bonfim Entrance

Up a dirt road in the foothills 20km northeast of Petrópolis, this remote entrance to Parque Nacional Serra dos Órgaos grants immediate access to a variety of trails for all fitness levels. The easiest is the short,…
Top Choice Palace in Petrópolis

Museu Imperial

Petrópolis’ top draw is this impeccably preserved 19th-century palace. Felt slippers provided at the entrance help protect the fine wood floors – great fun to slide around in! Displays include the 1.95kg imperial cr…
Top Choice Brewery in Petrópolis

Cervejaria Bohemia

Don't miss the engaging 1½-hour tour (half self-guided, half guided) at Brazil's oldest brewery, where interactive exhibits trace beer-making history and nifty touchscreens let you explore brews from dozens of count…
Historic Building in Petrópolis

Casa da Ipiranga

Dating to 1884, this beautifully preserved Victorian mansion retains a host of elegant features including French chandeliers, Belgian crystal mirrors, Carrara marble fireplaces and dozens of murals. The magnificent …
Palace in Petrópolis

Palácio Rio Negro

Visitors are free to roam among the high-ceilinged, parquet-floored rooms of this grand yellow edifice, which served as a summer home for Brazil's presidents for decades before the capital moved to Brasilia. Highlig…
Historic Building in Petrópolis

Palácio de Cristal

Built in France and imported in 1879, this ornate iron-and-glass structure was originally used as a hothouse for growing orchids. It's now a venue for various cultural events.
Museum in Petrópolis

Casa de Santos Dumont

This charming house was the summer home of Brazil’s diminutive father of aviation and inventor of the wristwatch. Photos and exhibits document Dumont’s many inventions.
Church in Petrópolis

Catedral São Pedro de Alcântara

Petrópolis’ cathedral houses the tombs of Brazil’s last emperor, Dom Pedro II, his wife, Dona Teresa, and their daughter, Princesa Isabel. The bell tower, which offers fine views of the city, remained closed indefin…
Historic Building in Petrópolis

Casa do Barão de Mauá

This blocky pink 19th-century mansion, viewable from the outside only, was once home to Brazilian entrepreneur and politician Irineu Evangelista de Sousa, popularly known by his twin titles, Visconde de Maua and Bar…
Historic Building in Petrópolis

Palácio da Princesa Isabel

This showy salmon-hued mansion was once home to Brazil's Princess Isabel, daughter of Emperor Pedro II and Empress Teresa Cristina. It can be viewed from the outside only.