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Petropolis

60km north of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Ranked #11 of 489 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you have time while visiting Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis is a lovely day trip. I would recommend hiring a tour guide (see Rio Alternative Tours and ask for Vicente...he's wonderful!) I know there are also Gray Line tours that run on Tuesday and Thursday. Our free day was a Wednesday, so we couldn't get the Grayline tour. It may... More

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Le Pradet, France
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Nice to see for museum, but get there early, Cathedral, bihemia brewery, vitral dome and lot of thingto see, Nice kilo rest after the small center park

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Perth
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

When it is not raining and cold, Petropolis is a lovely place, with nice museums and great food! It host one of the best museums regarding Brazil's Imperial past.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you're trying to leave the city behind for a bit, Petropolis is a great option. The very European style architecture, especially of the Imperial Museum, is rich with history.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Petropolis is a Beautiful colonial town one and a half hours drive from Rio. The drive is incredibly beautiful, and you can visit the neighbouring towns of Teresopolis and Friburgo. The road between those last two is VERY beautiful and special, with small treks, waterfalls and attractions like a honey factory, horse farm and an artist who carves his works... More

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We went on a day trip with a tour, stopped to have a look at a german style villa: Palacio Quitandinha (now privately owned), visited the Imperial Museum (Palace) and walked around the gardens, stopped at the cathedral and admired the beautiful stained glass and ended the tour with a walk around Crystal Palace and its park. It think it... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you can take a drive to Petropolis, then go and see what it is like in a smaller town nestled in the forest hills north of Rio. There are several attractions here, so there are interesting things to go see like the beer factory, various gardens, the very intriguing Santos Dumont house, and of course Teresa Street for shopping...a... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The visit was great in getting to know about Brazils pre independence past, visiting the royal castle and lake as well as the museum. The museum, which used to be the house of the Portuguese royal family, is wonderfully preserved with 90% of the original artefacts still in display.

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Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I love it. I went with a friend and we spent the day there visiting different places. We went by bus at around 10 and we got back on the same day.

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Sacramento, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Petropolis was founded as the summer home for the Portuguese and Brazilian royalty. The temperature runs about 20 degrees cooler than in Rio, which is a blessing in the hot summer and the fall. It's a 40-80 minute bus ride from Rio's main bus terminal, depending on traffic and construction. The city is like a US suburb or small city.... More

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