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Petropolis

(3.7/5 based on 26,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: museums, sightseeing, religious sites

The Imperial City

Once the summer getaway of Brazilian emperors, the "imperial city" of Petropolis serves as a tribute to the lavish lifestyles of Brazil's 19th-century elite. Nowadays, tourism in Petropolis looks a little different, with visitors flocking here to escape the coastal heat and admire the green mountain scenery. The city gained its fame among Brazilian nobility when Emperor Pedro I fell in love with the area's landscape and climate, and decided to build a palace in the area. A Petropolis itinerary offers the chance to explore the former summer palace, as well as many other impressive imperial buildings. Make Petropolis central to your Brazil travel plans using our Brazil trip generator.
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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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