The most German city in Brazil has half-timbered buildings, charming natural landscapes and different tourist itineraries that show the history of the region's first settlers.
the charming city of pomerode is one of the municipalities that are part of the tourist circuit European Valley, situated between the exuberant nature of the Itajai Valley, in Santa Catarina, approximately 158 km from Florianopolis.
The destination is recognized for the strong German tradition left behind by European immigrants who arrived in the region around 1863. The city earned the title of “Most German City in Brazil” for concentrating one of the largest collections of half-timbered buildings outside Germany and receives thousands of visitors every year, especially during the city's traditional festivals, such as the Pomeranian Festival, which takes place in January, the Osterfest (Easter) and Weihnachtsfest (Christmas).
With a mountain climate and surrounded by waterfalls, rivers and mountains, pomerode It is a tourist destination with a lot of potential and can be visited at any time of the year. find it out 7 itineraries that can be visited in Pomerode:
Enxaimel is the name of a technique for building houses made with wood, without the aid of nails and screws, secured through symmetrical fittings and later, overlaid with bricks. This type of construction originates from the structures built in Germany during the colonial period and can be seen in the oldest destinations in the country. Pomerode has 232 buildings in this format available for visitation on the Enxaimel Route.
In addition to the charm of the buildings, the circuit is surrounded by beautiful rivers and waterfalls that further beautify the route. Due to the similarity of climate and geography, many travelers use the itinerary as training for the crossing of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain.
Another very popular route in Pomerode is the so-called “Imigrante Route”, a tour that takes visitors to old residences and houses of residents, whose families maintain the old customs of their ancestors to this day.
The Immigrant Route seeks to promote the culture and gastronomy of the first immigrant families who lived in this region of the Itajaí Valley. After knowing the entire history of the city's foundation, visitors are invited to taste some typical dishes offered by the residents themselves. Among them are cucas, homemade breads stuffed with egg and sardines, natural jams and craft beer.
Pomerode is connected with other charming cities in the Itajaí Valley, in a route of approximately 300 km, which can be done in 7 days of pedaling. The destination has been attracting more and more cyclists who pass through this region, following dirt roads, mountains, waterfalls and rivers.
Another activity that has been gaining notoriety is the free flight pole. Some travel agencies offer the experience of flying over the region in double flights, with highly specialized professionals.
Pomerode is surrounded by a valley covered with Atlantic Forest cut by streams with clear waters. The region also serves as a natural habitat for numerous wild species, which from time to time appear parading for the lens of tourists staying in the region.
Another highlight is the preserved flora, which forms breathtaking landscapes. When in Pomerode, be sure to visit the famous fig tree with more than 250 years, in the Ribeirão Souto neighborhood. It is more than 30 meters high, equivalent to an 8-story building.
A dive into the history of the families that colonized Pomerode at different times in history. On the tour, tourists relive the city's past and can buy creative souvenirs, made with textiles, crystals and handcrafted products.
Another tip is to extend the tour to Morro Azul, which is 764 meters high and provides a panoramic view of practically all of Pomerode, Timbó, Blumenau and Indaial. On the cleanest days it is possible to see the sea in the region of Barra Velha, on the North Coast of Santa Catarina.
There are six spaces dedicated to the memory and history of the city, promoting an interesting immersion in the customs and traditions of the immigrants who founded Pomerode. A really rare and curious place, which deserves to be highlighted in the extreme south of Brazil.
The Pomeranian Museum reveals fragments that tell a little about the city's history. The collection is made up of pieces of leather, fabric, wood, glass, metal and porcelain, brought from Europe. Other highlights are the Carl Weege Immigrant Museum and the House of Sculptor Ervin Curt Theichmann.
Route of the Germanic Roots
On the German Roots Route, visitors can get to know up close how the descendants of the first settlers who arrived in Pomerode live. The trip goes back almost 150 years of history, passing through emblematic places in the city, such as Morro da Turkey, the Guenther Candle factory, Rancho Verde Restaurant and Carl Weege Immigrant House.
Want to know more about the German influence in southern Brazil? Visit Pomerode and get to know one of the most important historical heritage sites in Santa Catarina.
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