Last Thursday (2), during the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization, which took place in Spain, the Enxaimel Route, in Pomerode, Santa Catarina, was elected by the United Nations (UN) how one of the best tourist villages in the world for its sustainability and historic preservation. Among more than 75 countries, and 170 destinations that signed up, only 41 were selected and the Santa Catarina itinerary was the only representative of Brazil.
Ércio Kriek (DEM), mayor of Pomerode, received from the hands of the Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto, the international seal Best Tourism Village – which recognizes rural areas where tourism generates opportunities in a sustainable way, preserving both the environment and local traditions.
The Enxaimel Route
THE half-timbered route passes through the rural area of the municipality, where there is a considerable concentration of buildings in the style that bears the same name – there are 50 on a 16 km route listed by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (IPHAN). The Enxaimel technique, which was brought from the region of Pomerania in the mid-1860s, consists of the fitting of wooden beams and does not use any nails or screws for the construction of the houses - because they are only fitted, the houses can be easily dismantled and assembled in other locations.
Getting around the place can be done in several ways: on a guided tour, on your own, by car, jeep, bicycle or even a spring car. The trip is also recommended for all ages, including families with young children.
Many activities in Pomerode, Santa Catarina, are related to this German heritage, which can be noticed everywhere: from the traits of the population to the typical architecture. The city can be visited throughout the year, but the highlight is the festive periods, especially in January, when the Pomeranian Festival takes place, a tribute to the culture of the
German immigrants, with lots of music and typical German cuisine.
The city is in the region of Itajai Valley, in Santa Catarina, halfway between Blumenau and Jaraguá do Sul. Pomerode was colonized by the Germans in the second half of the 19th century and is considered “the most German city in Brazil”. Still with many traditional features brought by these settlers, spending time in Pomerode will introduce you to German architecture, cuisine and customs without having to travel to Europe.
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It was built in 1913 and since then has been passed down from generation to generation, belonging to the same family. The current owner is always in charge of showing every detail and telling different stories of his family members.
Kuglin Nook and Wachhol House
If after so much walking around the city, you had a doubt about what it would be like to live there, you may have a similar feeling, as these two places have become inns and allow you to stay for as long as you want. Both are half-timbered houses.
Delicates Cookies and Cuckas
a sweetie always goes well, right? In a place as picturesque as Pomerode, know that you will find a store with family recipes ready for you to take home.
And if you are one of those who like a cookie, this is where you will find delicious handmade cookies.
Cultural Preservation on the Enxaimel Route
The community preserves history and customs in different ways around Pomerode: in two hunting and shooting clubs, in the Lutheran Church, in the immigrants' cemetery, in a bilingual school (Portuguese-German) founded 150 years ago, in typical cuisine and handicrafts. In addition to the heritage of Germanic immigration, the neighborhood preserves areas of Atlantic Forest with several water sources and waterfalls.
Tourism on the Enxaimel Route is a possibility of economic support for the preservation of traditions and heritage. Therefore, residents are becoming interested in the subject, observing the opportunities that the rural environment can provide.
The Feast of Easter, or Osterfest, has been gaining more and more space and recognition. It is part of the German tradition to hang chicken eggs with their shells painted on trees, called Osterbaum. Since 2017, Pomerode has been responsible for the biggest Osterfest in the world. There are more than 100,000 hand-picked eggshells, which are collected by the city's residents throughout the year.
In 2019, the city assembled the largest Easter egg in the world, measuring 15m high and 8m in diameter. She won the title recognized by Guinness World Records. The following year, the party was canceled due to the spread of Covid-19 across the country.
How to get
As said, Pomerode is in Santa Catarina. It is 172 km from Florianópolis, a journey that can be done in approximately 2h40 on the BR-101 and BR-470. If you go through Curitiba, you will travel 195 km in about 3 hours on the BR-376. The distance from Blumenau to Pomerode is 30 km – a journey that can be done in less than 40 minutes on the XV de Novembro highway.
Those who are not from the southern region of Brazil can choose to disembark at Navegantes International Airport, in Vale do Itajaí, located 55 km from Blumenau.
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