Petrópolis: Best Things to Do

Petropolis view - Photo by Eugenio Hansen, OFS from Wikimedia Commons

Petrópolis is a city in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This city is known as the Imperial City of Brazil, the Imperial Museum of Brazil is the must-visit place in Petropolis.

Learn about history of the city and the nation at Imperial Museum of Brazil.

Take picture and decorate your Instagram feeds with the impessive architecture of Palácio de Cristal.

Have a culinary tour in Petropolis and try a Sopa Leão Veloso cuisine.

Visit the city in March to witness the events of Petropolis anniversary.

Decide on your trip destinations and discover the interesting journey of Petropolis.



Take a short drive and have the best sightseeing tour to the Serra dos Órgãos National Park. It is one of the best places for locals and tourists to have mountain sports like trekking, rappelling, and rappeling in Petropolis. With the 118 square km area, it has the amazing natural scenery of a mountain range and waterfalls.

The Serra dos Órgãos National Park

One of the most amazing National Parks in Brazil.

This place is a paradise for hikers, fastpackers and trail runners.

Very good, tidy, with several waterfalls, parking and picnic spots.

It is worth visiting with the family, having a picnic etc.

Address : Av. Rotariana, S/n - Soberbo, Teresópolis - RJ, 25960-602, Brazil


The city center of Petropolis is filled with historical places that are interesting to tour and learn about. With the typical neoclassical architecture, you can find many historical buildings like the Imperial Museum and Palacio Quitandinha here. In downtown, you will also find the important buildings for the government like Palacio Rio Negro. It was a former seat of the city's government that is now used as a cultural center of Petropolis. You can visit this museum for free. Here you can enjoy some cultural events like orchestras and exhibitions.

Palacio Rio Negro (Petropolis)

It was a former seat of the city's goverment that is now used as a cultural center of Petropolis.

You can visit this museum for free.

ere you can enjoy some cultural events like orchestras and exhibitions.

Address : 341, Av. Köeller, 233 - Centro, Petrópolis - RJ, 25685-060, Brazil


Hipershopping Petrópolis is where you can fulfill your needs in Petropolis. Stroll down to the shopping mall and find numerous places to shop. But if you are looking for souvenirs from Petropolis, you can find some souvenirs onsite of around the city landmarks.

Hipershopping Petrópolis

A fun place for shopping with your whole family or friends.

Clean, organized, with a good variety of products and very attractive prices.

Mixed shopping that has stores of varied articles,food court, space for recreation, cinema,and etc.

There is wheelchair accessibility both by lifts and by the main entrance on the ground floor.

Address : R. Teresa, 1515 - Alto da Serra, Petrópolis - RJ, 25635-530, Brazil


While you are traveling in Petropolis, it's good to have a culinary tour in the city. One of the must-try food in Petropolis is Sopa Leão Veloso. It is an authentic seafood soup that was named after a Brazillian diplomat who developed the soup recipe. It has a rich taste and spicy dominating the broth.


Blessed with its historical sites and buildings, Petropolis offers you the most intense cultural and medieval time in Russia. The city was once one of the homes of the Brazilian Imperial family. As a popular destination city for its historical side, make sure to have a tour around its interesting houses and museums of the time of the Portuguese Empire in Brazil.


As the Petropolis has a mild temperature and climate all along the year, you can visit the city anytime. But, if you want to visit Petropolis with some great events, you can visit the city during its anniversary. It's held in March.


Measure your budget and book the most comfortable place to stay in the city. Pousada das Araras offers you a comfortable room and an affordable place to stay. The hotel rooms in the hotel is decorated with warm decor and free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and safes. There is an outdoor pool, a steam room, and a sauna available in the hotel. If you are looking for a luxury hotel, Parador Santarém can be one of your options. Located in the Canalside area, this hotel offers a reasonable price with a good accommodation during your stay in Petropolis. The hotel rooms are decorated warmly and featured with flat-screen TVs and minifridges. There is an outdoor pool, a restaurant, a gym, and also a sauna located in the hotel.

Parador Santarém

Beautiful place for staying if you are in the area.

The room is extremely comfortable and the service is excellent.

The restaurant is great, the food very tasty, the fondue very yummy and well served.

All the staff are very attentive.

Address : Estr. Correia da Veiga, 96 - Itaipava, Petrópolis - RJ, 25745-260, Brazil

Pousada das Araras

Absolutely beautiful place to come and find peace and tranquility.

Beautiful settings , probably the most beautiful grounds of all Pousada’s in the area.

The rooms and the breakfast are superb in a cool atmosphere.

Staff is very friendly.

Address : Lote E, Estr. Bernardo Coutinho, 4570 - Araras, Petrópolis - RJ, 25725-022, Brazil


Have a culinary tour in Petropolis. One of good restaurants to dine in Petropolis is Trutas do Rocio (com reservas). It is a rustic restaurant in Petropolis that will serve you some good local cuisines with a good service. Set in a green area and far from the noisy city, you can have a good quality time dining here. But, if you are in search for a restaurant with a wide selection of vegan menu, go to Alquimia dos Temperos. It's one othe Petropolis' top restaurants that serves vegan foods in a high quality standard. If you want to enjoy your food with the overlooking of the city's surrounding, you can choose their terrace seating.

Alquimia dos Temperos

Beautiful restaurant in traditional mansion.

This is honestly the best food you will find in Petropolis.

Excellent variety of vegan food and there is also a menu of meat dishes.

The owner is very nice and attentive.

Address : Av. Ipiranga, 95 - Centro, Petrópolis - RJ, 25685-250, Brazil

Trutas do Rocio (com reservas)

Sensational place, cool environment in the middle of nature.

Beautiful place, super nice, green environment, rustic, natural.

They offer delicious food and fresh.

The owners are very friendly.

Address : Estr. Vargem Grande, Estr. do Rocio, 6333, Petrópolis - RJ, 25725-621, Brazil


Complete your trip itinerary by addng some good cafes in Petropolis. One of the good cafes to stop by in the city is Duetto's Bistrô e Café. This cafe is located in Imperial Museum of Brazil. They have a cozy patio with the overlook of green garden. Here, you can have a wide selection of drinks from coffee to beer. Another option for a cafe in Petropolis is Sant'Anna Cafeteria & Lancheria. As one of local favorites, this cafe is most known for its breakfast options. With the cozy atmosphere, you can have a delightful breakfast accompanied by the best coffee there.

Duetto's Bistrô e Café

Wonderful breakfast with an incredible variety.

The atmosphere is cozy and the service is quality.

Excellent snacks, meals, snacks, all very well prepared, plentiful and tasty.

The portions are large and great executive dishes too.

Address : Museu Imperial - R. da Imperatriz, 220 - Centro, Petrópolis - RJ, 25610-320, Brazil

Sant'Anna Cafeteria & Lancheria

One of the best cafes in the area.

It is always a pleasant space, with a varied menu, delicious coffees and excellent service.

Their cappuccino is wonderful.

Their waiters are superb.

Address : Dr. 1.139, Rua Doutor Paulo Hervé, 1139 - Bingen, Petrópolis - RJ, 25665-135, Brazil


Looking for the best bar to spend your night in Petropolis? Tamboatá is your answer. This small bar offers you a memorable night in Petropolis. They have a good selection of craft cocktails, beers, and also some bar snacks. For a recommendation, you can order their pizza to accompany your drink here.


Cozy bar for fun and find night life.

It has a good space and two environments.

They offer great cocktails in a fun atmosphere.

The waiters are great.

Address : Estr. União e Indústria, 12360 - Itaipava, Petrópolis - RJ, 25730-770, Brazil


Visiting Petropolis means you have to visit its historical buildings. Start your historical tour in Petropolis by visiting the Imperial Museum of Brazil. This museum is set in an 1845 palace in Brazil. This old palace is well preserved and surrounded by a beautiful well maintained garden. Here, you can learn about the history of the city and the nation. Another must-visit attraction of Petropolis is Palacio Quitandinha. It is a historical museum that was once used as a luxury resort. Constructed in 1941, the building of the museum is stunning with Norman-French style and interior of Brazilian Baroque and Art Deco mixing. The artificial lake set in front of the building is clear and beautiful. It was built to provide water resources in a fire event from the past.

Imperial Museum of Brazil

The building is absolutely beautiful.

A perfect place to learn about the Brazil's Imperial history.

You have to wear this hilarious slippers and slide around the palace.

Prices are reasonable and there are exhibits in English.

Address : R. da Imperatriz, 220 - Centro, Petrópolis - RJ, 25610-320, Brazil

Palacio Quitandinha

The palace is very beutiful and there are cultural shows sometime for free.

The exterior views of the palace and surrounding hills make great photo.

Really worth the time to see, highly recommend to go there.

Address : Av. Joaquim Rolla, 2 - Quitandinha, Petrópolis - RJ, 25651-072, Brazil


Crystal Palace, also known as Palácio de Cristal, will decorate your Instagram feeds with its impressive architecture from the Imperial period. It is an iconic greenhouse that is built in the 19th century as a gift for Princess Isabel. The most picturesque part of the building itself is the glass-&-iron exterior and the stunning fountain in front of the museum. Another recommendation place to go for your Instagram picture is Casa de Santos Dumont. It is one of the city's beautiful museum that is set in a former house of Alberto Santos-Dumont. This museum displays the former owner's documentation of his pioneering aviation work. With the well preserved old-time architecture in the green surrounding, you can have a stock of Instagrammable spots of your Instagram feed here.

Casa de Santos Dumont

The House of Santos Dumont is a great place to visit.

Beautiful site with a rich history and gorgeous scale replicas of Santos' creations.

And the original house designed by Santos Dumont himself.

A must see in Petropolis.

Address : R. do Encanto, 22 - Centro, Petrópolis - RJ, 25685-081, Brazil

Crystal Palace Petropolis

It is a greenhouse built with an iconic glass-&-iron architecture.

This grenhouse was built as a gift for Princess Isabel in the 19th century.

There is a beautiful fountain in front of the building.

Address : R. Alfredo Pachá, s/n - Centro, Petrópolis - RJ, 22458-600, Brazil