Castelinho Caracol, Canela

Castelinho Caracol, built by German immigrants Pedro Carlos Franzen and Luiza Sommer between the years of 1913 and 1915, was one of the first residences in the Town of Canela. The charming "little castle" was made with such craftsmenship, that it still stands 100 years later, despite being made of wood. Today the castle is a museum, with authentic furnishings and utensils, where you can experience the life of an early 20th century German immigrant. Enjoy the 180 degree vista of the green countryside from the castle's small tower, and explore the surrounding park, including the native wood, the house used by the family before the little castle had been finished, the saw mill where Pedro Franzen used to work, the storage sheds, and a warehouse. Make sure you try "the best Apfelstrudel in Brazil." Put Castelinho Caracol into our Canela road trip tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • October 6, 2017
    A typical House that presents the story of your family, wrapped in old warehouses with windmills, ancient transport but you cannot visit this site without eating the Apple Strudel with Apple tea. Is just wonderful; the best we ate until today.
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  • October 4, 2017
    It's an old House of German immigrants built with Araucaria without using nails. Has been transformed into a museum. It's expensive for visiting so short, but I think it's worth. Inside the Museum has a café with a few options, but has a very good apfelstrudel. But the coolest thing is the garden outside, with an old sawmill, a lake and a mill in operation. Simply beautiful! And you don't have to pay to visit.
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  • October 3, 2017
    The site is 1 1 House with more than 100 years, very well preserved and that tells the story of the family that lived there. The objects are separated by themes and placed in the rooms. A must-see stop in the cafeteria and eat the wonderful apple strudel together with traditional tea. Me makes my mouth water just remembering. RS
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  • June 22, 2017
    It has a nice sight seeing but that's all. The apple strudel is shameful and poorly prepared. The hot chocolate they serve is nothing more than a terrible quality Nescau alike...and the variety simply doesn't exist. To add insult to injury they only take cash, not bothering to make this clear until you are on your way to the cashier. Do not recommend it.
  • January 4, 2017
    Nice place but they're telling that it's German and some big signs are in German too but the history and information signs are only in Portuguese. It would be better to have also English and/or German translations of them.
  • March 11, 2017
    Has some historical facts to offer, great view and even some food options.
  • June 9, 2017
    Very interesting stop, loved the wood mill.
  • June 18, 2017
    Ok

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Where to stay in Canela

Thanks to its popularity among younger tourists looking for an outdoor adventure, Canela offers a particularly impressive range of budget lodgings. Hostels and simple guesthouses abound, most in buildings that fit with the town's traditional architecture. You won't find any large hotels or expansive resorts in Canela, though higher-end accommodations exist in the form of warm, cosy villas with pleasant gardens. Most places to stay are concentrated around the west of town in or around the neighborhood of Vila Suzana, which lies on the road to nearby Gramado.
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