Top ChoicePalace 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...

Top ChoiceBrewery 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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Viewpoint in Petrópolis

Trono de Fátima

Enjoy great views of Petrópolis and the surrounding mountains from this 3.5m-tall Italian sculpture of the NS de Fátima Madonna, in the hills on the western side of town.

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.