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Petropolis

Address: 60km north of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Petropolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including...
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Ranked #13 of 566 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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chicago,il
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

took an excursion here and it really helped to put the history of brazil in perspective. We saw the imperial palace, cathedral ,crystal palace and the old casino which was fascinating.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

It is a cute city and it takes guts to be able to ride the main road that gives access to the city due to its dangerous curves and steep slops. But once you get there it is all worth it. The climate is good and people are very friendly. local restaurants in this city are usually cleaner and some... More 

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Great Neck, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The drive to Petropolis is beautiful. The climate is much better. The horse and carriage is fun. The museum is beautiful so is the grounds. Walking around town, the beautiful summer houses!

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Milton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We spent a full day in Petropolis with a private guide to see the Imperial Palace, cathedral, crystal palace, Santos Dumont house, the surrounding area, and to have a pleasant lunch. This charming historic town is 100km from Rio. We left Ipanema at 08:00 and returned at 17:15. The last 30km are a long, bumpy ascent up a road with... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Take a look at the imperial palace of Peter II and the beautiful garden. Visit the neo gothic cathedral. Go and see the orchid show in the crystal palace. There is also an interesting museum of Brasils famous brewery Bohemia. If you have time it is worth a visit. Has a famous restaurant as well. It is cooler than Rio.

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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

One of the greatest places you could see on the state of Rio, full of history and architecture. You should give it a try you won't feel disappointed. Really great museum and I found quite lovely the crystal palace. Definitely a must go

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Round Rock, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I lived in Rio for five years two decades ago and so it was that I had the time to visit this location a few times during my tenure i Brasil. If I were a tourist with only a week or so in the area, I would spend more time in the city. Yes, some wealthy Rio residents I knew... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The name of the city is related to the Emperor Peter II that liked to stay at this spot. There are some attraction as the house of Santos Dumont, that is believed to be one of the inventors of the planes (there is a discussion about this), and his house here is full of his inventions to real life. The... More 

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SARATOGA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Temperature is much cooler than Rio; not a whole lot to do and parts of city smell sewage (which it really is).

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We spent a couple of days visiting Petropolis. The parking/traffic circulation was stimulating. The Imperial Museum was very interesting with the crown jewels and many original furnishings. There was a lovely gothic cathedral. The Crystal Palace was pretty and there were many interesting buildings.

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