Blumenau beyond Oktoberfest, discover the main tourist attractions in the city to visit for two or three days
arrive at blumenau it's like being in a little piece of Germany in Brazil, the city in the south of the country is marked by a strong influence of German colonization, whether in architecture, cultural events, parties or in the delicious typical dishes of this part of Santa Catarina.
Walking through the streets is one of the essential activities to feel a little of that European energy. In the beautiful buildings we can appreciate the legacy left by the period of German immigration, dating back to the 19th and 20th century.
blumenau is also called "national beer capital”, there is even a museum on the subject. Tasting the various artisanal labels produced in the city itself is another essential activity for visitors.
In October, blumenau transforms itself on account of the biggest popular party in the city. THE oktoberfest, a party originally inaugurated by the Germans in Munich, in 1814, by King Ludwing I, received a Brazilian version in 1984, with the intention of raising funds for the city that was devastated by the flooding Itajaí-Açu river.
Years later the celebration still continues and with more and more public. Tourists from different places take over the city and take advantage of the event to see the dance parades, eat, drink and party a lot.
The festival brings a wide variety of local beers, such as Eisenbahn, a traditional brewery in Blumenau. But the parties don't stop there, in November and December the whole city is decorated with Christmas lights, which is another cool time to plan your visit.
THE Germanic Village, where most of the city's events take place, is also one of those mandatory stops for anyone looking to eat well in Blumenau. It is possible to find good options of restaurants and bars within the village, as well as shops selling local products and handicrafts.
A tip to enjoy every minute in the city is to stay close to the center, as that is where the main attractions of the city are. One of the recently opened hotels in the region is the Villa do Vale, a boutique-style hotel, with exclusive accommodation and service, and the best, just 10 minutes from the historic center.
Whether drinking beer, enjoying good food, shopping or walking the streets, Blumenau appeals to all audiences, and is an excellent destination to visit on your next vacation.
Itinerary in Blumenau
Day 1 – Historic Center
November 15th Street
Blumenau's architecture is certainly a show in itself. Therefore, reserve a good part of the day to walk along Rua XV de Novembro. On site you will find several buildings with German influence, which also concentrates much of Blumenau's commerce.
It is worth taking extra time to get to know this part of the city, as it is on Rua XV de Novembro that the main tourist attractions of Blumenau are located, such as the São Paulo Apostle Cathedral, Castelinho da Havan, a replica of the Michelstadt city hall, in southern Germany. , the beautiful gardens of the Carlos Gomes Theater and the Dr. Blumenau.
Blumenau City Hall
Set aside a period of your trip to get to know and be impressed by the historic center of Blumenau. Built in 1982, the building that now houses the city hall is one such example. In half-timbered style, the immense mansion was the old railway station of the region, and today it functions as the seat of the city hall. Starting the tour of Blumenau at this point, taking pictures and still taking the opportunity to see the first locomotive in the city, exposed in front of the building, can be a good way to start the trip in the right way.
Walking further on, you can see the clock made of flowers. Opened in 2000 to celebrate the city's 15th year. This creation is unique in the country and has become a tourist spot in Blumenau.
Alameda Duque de Caxias
This was the first planned avenue of the colony, with a path full of imperial palm trees, the first ones came from Rio de Janeiro, in 1876. This is a great walk to enjoy a late afternoon in Blumenau.
Day 2 – Museums
Located in the Bom Retiro neighborhood, the museum rescues the history of the Brazilian clothing brand, with several pieces produced by the company throughout its journey.
The space was opened in 1997 and shows visitors how the crystal production process works. The collection is made up of pieces from Europe and, in addition to the factory, it is possible to have access to a store with various decorative products.
History and beer lovers will be delighted with this museum. With pieces that were part of the equipment collection of the extinct Feldmann and Brahma breweries. In addition to these, other objects such as documents, old photographs and relics are also part of the collection.
Day 3 – Germanic Villa
Germanic Village Park
At Villa Germanica you will find German-style houses, where souvenir shops, souvenirs and restaurants with typical food and drinks. The village is also the stage for several events such as Oktoberfest, Sabores de Santa Catarina, Sommerfest and the Christmas festival “Magia de Natal”. Open every day of the year, walking around is like visiting a part of Europe without leaving Brazil.
If you have a few more days in the city, consider extending your trip to also get to know the region of European Valley, in Santa Catarina, or visit the Beto Carrero World, near Balneário Camboriú, another well-visited destination in southern Brazil. To make it even easier when venturing into these activities, staying at the Villa do Vale hotel, the concierge can organize everything for you.
* This trip was made at the invitation of Villa do Vale Boutique Hotel & Bistro.
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