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Located 68 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro, at the top of the Serra da Estrela, is one of the favourite refuges spots of cariocas (cariocas is the name given to those who are born in Rio): Petrópolis.

D. Pedro II loved the mild climate of Petrópolis. So much that he ordered a palace to be built there as the summer residence of the imperial family.

Hence the name given to the city, the words Petro (Peter) and Polis (City). Since then, the region gained notoriety and went on to develop infrastructure to receive heads of State, Ministers and nobles. Considered a must-see tourist attraction in the city, the Imperial Palace was transformed into the rich Museu Imperial.

You can't leave the city center without first visiting the Palacio Rio Negro, dedicated to the memory of the Republic in the old imperial city, and the Palacio de Cristal, where the last slaves of Petropolis were released. The latter is currently site of cultural events and exhibitions.

Another high point of Petropolis is the São Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral that houses a mausoleum containing the remains of D. Pedro II and Dona Teresa Cristina. Add to your visit the Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, an attraction dedicated to the history of aviation, and the guided tour through the Centro de Experiência Cervejeira.

The districts of Petrópolis have workshops for artists, antiquaries and art shops. The region also offers numerous options for the practice of nature sports, such as climbing, horseback riding and hiking.

Beautiful and luxurious guesthouses await you, to enjoy the city’s Cultural Heritage, the exuberant nature of the Mata Atlântica and the awarded restaurants of the mountain region of Petropolis.

The nearest international airport to Petropolis is in Rio de Janeiro, which receives flights from 23 foreign cities.


You can take a bus in Rio de Janeiro and go to Petropolis. See the Road Website to learn more.

Personal or rental vehicles

You can rent a a car in Rio de Janeiro and go to Petropolis. See the route.

Personal or rental vehicle
You can rent a car to visit Petropolis. This small map can help you get around the city.


You can rent a bike to visit Petropolis. This small map can help you get around the city.

On foot

Petropolis is a small town and, depending on where you are, you can walk to the attraction. This little map of the city centre can help you.

City Hall of Petrópolis
Turism in Petrópolis

Useful telephones

The area code (DDD) of Petropolis is 24.