Castelinho Caracol, Canela

3.9
#8 of 295 in Museums in State of Rio Grande do Sul
Specialty Museum Museum
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." Use our Canela trip builder to add Castelinho Caracol and other attractions to your Canela vacation plans.
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  • The Castelinho is a Museum, has a very cosy kitchen with wood stove serves teas and delicious strudels, but for those who already know and want to savor the delights of German cuisine, there's no way, you have to pay to enter, even just going in the kitchen. Should have a separate entrance.
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  • The place is pretty much well preserved, charge admission to visit the castelinho, so far so good, but with so many indications that was the best Strudel in the region we were checking out, all Strudel I've ever had including in Germany, Switzerland, and is a good puff pastry crispy and the Apple filling, sometimes with cinnamon the other depends on the region. The castelinho looks more like a pancake, a horrible mess, a batter mixed with apples, stay alert.
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  • The mansion has a beautiful Museum, various items from the era, beautiful garden but what impresses most is the kitchen and your wonderful apfelstrudel or apple pie. You have to try, it's amazing, the best dessert of the trip without a doubt! 25 real value with a scoop of ice cream or cream (my favorite!)
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Has some historical facts to offer, great view and even some food options.
  • Very interesting stop, loved the wood mill.
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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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