Guided Tour of Bavarian Blumenau
- Scenic drive: Learn about Blumenau's German roots as the lush Brazilian countryside reveals distinct European accents in local architecture and horticulture.
- Blumenau: Nearby mountains lend an Alpine feel to the half-timbered shops and homes of Vila Germanica. Hoist a hefty stein of German-inspired lager in Brazil's beer capital.
- Colonial Family Museum: Photos and personal artifacts tell the story of the 1850s German influx at the original home of town founder Hermann Blumenau and his family.
About this Itajai tour
Ich bin ein ... Brazilian? You may find yourself wondering if your tour took a wrong turn and ended up in Germany. That's because Blumenau was founded by German settlers in the mid-19th century, bringing with them their Alpine architecture and Bavarian culture.
It all began in 1850, when Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau, a pharmacist from Hasselfelde, emigrated to Brazil with 17 other Germans looking to make a change. They managed to create an orderly, beautiful settlement that, in 10 years, numbered 947 people. By the time its founder returned to Germany in 1884, the population stood at 15,000.
There are 300,000 residents today, many of them the fair-haired, blue-eyed descendants of the original German settlers, but many descended from Italian immigrants, who also sought opportunity in the New World. The Colonial Family Museum tells the story of the founders of this charming village and all who followed, and of how the city grew into one of Brazil's most prosperous cities.
Stroll down Vila Germanica and soak up the Teutonic vibe. This area of German-style houses is where the Oktoberfest festival is held each year. You'll find shops, restaurants, and a timber building that's considered the most beautiful in Blumenau. Even if it's not Oktoberfest, grab a German brew and celebrate like it is.
Naturally attracted to Brazil
Fritz Muller feared for his future after the failed Prussian Revolution of 1848, so he followed Hermann Blumenau to Brazil. It turned out to be the best thing for the evolutionary biologist, since the Brazilian ecosystem was perfect for his studies. In fact, of all the great naturalists who worked in South America at the time including Darwin; he was the only one to permanently settle in Brazil. There's a statue of him in town.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Sample some craft beer (at additional cost)!
Travelers must be willing and able to walk unassisted over paved ground in Vila Germanica for approximately 1 hour. Vehicles are not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Shopping, Private Tour
Sedan or Van
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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