What to expect:
In this Petropolis, Imperial City Tour, the city of Petropolis is located 60 km away from Rio and has been called the Imperial City since the times of the Emperor Pedro II. Nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of the Quitandinha and Piabanha rivers, Petrópolis is a popular winter holiday spot. You will see the Quitandinha Palace Hotel – Norman-style – was opened in 1944 – unfortunately the glitz and glamour was short-lived for this hotel and casino which was forced to give up its dreams in 1946 when gambling was prohibited in Brazil. Now, they have turned the Quitandinha Palace into a Convention and Tourist Center. It still has the same old fashioned architecture and is filled with ballrooms, galleries, a theater, a convention center, and balconies.
During the Petropolis, Imperial City Tour, the famous Gothic Cathedral, São Pedro de Alcantara, is also worth of a visit. It was built between 1834 and 1925, in honor of the Emperor of Brazil, and there visitors are able to find the tombs of the Imperial Family.
Visit the former Palace of the Emperor, Dom Pedro II, which is today an Imperial Museum. There is a plethora of antique beauty surrounding the guests of this former palace, including antique furniture, jewelry and tapestries from another world of splendor and luxury. Among the exhibits are Dom Pedro II’s crown and scepter, the crown jewels, works of art and various objects which belonged to the imperial family.
Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), a structure imported from France and erected here by the Conde d’Eu for a flower show (1879-84). It is now used for exhibitions, concerts
The “Enchanted House” house of the aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont (1873-1932), with an observatory and observation terrace.
Visits or stops: São Pedro Cathedral, Imperial Museum, Crystal Palace, (Enchant House, Quitandinha Palace and Bohemia Bier Factory if you have time, interest and if is open)