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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  • Many years ago I read a book of Stephan Zweig that told the story of the unhappy Queen Marie Antoinette. This book is part of my library of books and every now and then I reread some parts. To read and re-read the book I'm always in awe of the way at the same time deep and full of nuances as describes the characters; without doubt he was a great writer. Visit Petrópolis I heard about the Museum created in your old House and made a point of meeting. I was delighted and willing to meet your work deeper. Worth a visit and get to know the history of this great writer, though it is a story infinitely sad.
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  • Worth the visit so much to observe the events of 40 years as having contact with the life of novelist Stefan Zweig.
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  • Knew some works of Stefan Zweig, however, was unaware that the last days of his life were in Brazil and much less in Petrópolis. Despite the sad death of him in this House, the site covers and highlights the beauty of your writing, has some personal objects, describes the life of writer/biographer, says the reason of your exile in our country and the friendship with great personalities-Freud, Dalí, Romain Rolland , Joseph Roth, among others. The room in which he and your wife committed suicide, pays tribute and displays the translation of your last letter. Giant chess in the garden dazzles, and the novel that has the same name. When comparing with the other sights of the city, the visitation system is modern and individualized care with videos/audios and a beautiful visual identity of panels (shades of purple as it refers to ink color of your last statement). Dora led me on this visit, cultured and receptive, has vast knowledge about the writer and about Petrópolis. Admission is free and is close to the gastronomic Centre of Valparaiso neighborhood. Should be more publicized and explored by visitors, it was an excellent find by walking around the neighborhood.
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  • 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!!
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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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