CASA STEFAN ZWEIG, Petropolis

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The Casa Stefan Zweig is legally regarded as a private charitable organisation, which was founded in 2006 by a group of interested private donors, to establish a writer's house museum, that is dedicated to the author, in the last residence of Stefan Zweig and his wife in Petrópolis (Brazil).The house, in which Stefan Zweig and his second wife Lotte resided for 5 months until their joint suicide on February 1942 and where the author had revised his autobiography Die Welt von Gestern and drafted Schachnovelle and his essays about Montaigne, was bought by the association “Casa Stefan Zweig” and the architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães was commissioned with the renovation and the redesign of the house into a museum.The museum, is dedicated to the author. He, like other artists, scholars, and scientists from Europe had fled to Brazil, due to the Nazi Party takeover in Germany.The museum will accommodate a library as well as a conference hall. Beside exhibitions, conferences, competitions, theater and cinema performances, readings and concerts, also cooperations with partner organisations like the Internationale Stefan Zweig Gesellschaft, are planned.
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  • July 18, 2017
    We went to visit this museum on the recommendation of a resident of the region. The Museum has enough videos, objects on the history of the writer. Had an employee that explained very well the history of the House, took all our curiosities and was super helpful. I think it's worth investing in Museum environments where the visitor can take pictures, take pictures, because it draws attention from the public. In the garden there is a giant chess you can play and there are tables with chess. Recommend the visitation. The museum works only Friday/Saturday and Sunday
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  • June 27, 2017
    I really liked the story told in the Museum, but lack a structure so that the visitor stay longer in the environment. Is apparent that there is a space for a cafe, which has not yet been taken forward.
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  • June 12, 2017
    Petrópolis is really an incredible city, many stories, we can only go in the House of Zweig!
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  • March 26, 2017
    This is amazing I love Stefan Zweigs books it's sad that he had to Leave Europe & that he & Lotte killed themselfes what a great loss for the World! It hurt him to loose his Austria & Vienna his beloved home town. I liked the Museum, to see where Mr. Zweig & Lotte lived. He loved Brazil cause people from all races & Religions live peacfully together & this was also Zweigs ideal. I saw some of his own belongings in his house fantastico!!
  • June 4, 2017
    It is very small, but the Museum earn about 2 hours of your time. Less than that would mean giving up a great experience. Portrays the life and work of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, who lived his last five months of his life in Brazil. Was in Petropolis which the writer has put an end to life, in death Pact with his wife. For me, in the Museum, what stands out is the narrative of the past five months of life of the author, full of human drama and existential. A modest Museum, but a must for lovers of Letters and literature. But even for those who do not nurture this passion, vele even a quick visit for some good photos that the view of the House offers. Employees are a courtesy and good will.
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  • May 19, 2017
    Simple Museum with few artifacts of the writer, but with a vast informative in digital formats in documentary films and for reading. The House was inhabited by Zweig has your room preserved.
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  • February 4, 2017
    Small and simple private museum. Great to get to know the history and life of the Austrian writer who came to Brazil on the run from the second world war. Free visitation. Stands out the giant chessboard mounted in the garden.
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  • January 23, 2017
    Small museum, but very well organized and with helpful staff. Panels and interactive computers make the exposure, especially to letters exchanged by Sweig with personalities of your time. Free attraction, but only open from Friday to Sunday.
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Unfortunately, no matter how much you're willing to spend, your accommodations in Petropolis won't be quite as luxurious as Emperor Pedro's former palace. Nevertheless, you can choose from a range of delightful guesthouses and boutique hotels during your Petropolis vacation, many of which are housed in well-preserved colonial buildings and offer spacious gardens to enjoy. The city's old center, with close proximity to the palace and the striking cathedral, remains the most popular neighborhood among tourists. However, you can also find a range of places to stay in the southwestern neighborhood of Quitandinha, which contains a scenic lake of the same name.
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