Blumenau: Half a Day Itinerary
|Blumenau city hall – a building in a fake timber framing style.|
When I visited Blumenau I didn't have too much time to spend in the city. I arrived in the end of the afternoon of one day and I would stay there until lunch of the next day. So in the last few hours of the day I arrived I visited Parque Vila Germânica and the Christmas Village was happening there—I already wrote about it in a previous post. Then, I just had a morning to get to know the rest of the city. And I found the perfect tour to do this in a few hours: Visit XV de Novembro street. I was lucky because many of the touristic spots of Blumenau are concentrated along this one street.
Now, I think Blumenau is a great city to visit when you don't have too much time, because even in this situation you will be able to do a lot of things. So, basically, my morning there was walking along this street and getting to know the city. XV de Novembro street is right in the city downtown and if you know some cities in South of Brazil I can tell you that it is veery similar to many other city downtowns. It's funny how we have a pattern.
From my experience I can tell you that a great start point is Blumenau city hall. We were with a car, so we found a parking spot as nearest as possible of this point, which was not so close because in city centers it is always difficult to find parking lot spots. Then, from the city hall we walked until the end of the street, which took us around 2 hours and after that we returned, also walking, to the car, which took around 30 minutes.
As you can see a 30 minutes walk took us 2 hours, so there are many things for you to do in this street. Below I listed everything you will find during this tour. 😉 The best part is that there are some signs in front of the touristic spots, so you can read and learn more about its history.
FLOWERS' WATCH: Located in Victor Konder square this is one of the five flowers' watches in Brazil. It needs electric energy to work.
CITY HALL: The city hall is located in a square next to the flowers' watch. It's a fake timber framing style building, very big and beautiful. In front of it you can find the "Ich s2 Blumenau" sign and a locomotive built in Germany in 1909, called Macuca.
PEACE SQUARE: Behind the city hall it's possible to see another square, Peace square, which has a monument of two hands holding a sphere representing the union of all people on Earth.
CARLOS GOMES THEATER: Walking a block through many stores and restaurants still on XV de Novembro street you will reach this theater built in 1939, it has a rotatory stage. It is very beautiful from the outside with some sculptures and a fountain in front of it.
|Carlos Gomes theater.|
CASTELINHO DA HAVAN: This building is a replica of the Michelstadt city hall, a city in Southern Germany. It was built in 1978 in a timber framing style, but nowadays it houses a department store: Havan. I found it a little disappointing because on the inside it's just like any other Havan store and all the meaning of this construction is lost. At least we can appreciate it from the outside.
|Castelinho da Havan.|
SÃO PAULO APÓSTOLO CATHEDRAL: You can spot this cathedral from afar thanks to its 45 meters high tower. Even though the cathedral design is very beautiful, the tower was what caught my attention since it has 3 electronic bells representing Jesus, Mary and Joseph. In this tower there is also a clock that weighs 484 kg and was brought from Germany in 1930.
BEER MUSEUM: Here you can see old equipment used to produce beer, it's veeery small and at least for me it wasn't so interesting, but the entrance is free of charge.
ARTS MUSEUM: Where you can find plastic arts. I didn't visit this one.
DR. BLUMENAU MAUSOLEUM: The city's founder was Dr. Blumenau. His and his family's remains are in this mausoleum. It's also free of charge and at the entrance you can see a bronze statue of Dr. Blumenau.
|Dr. Blumenau's bronze statue.|
HABITS AND CUSTOMS MUSEUM: Contains a collection of clothing items and accessories dating since the end of the 19th century. An experience to take you back to the old days. The entrance costs R$ 5,00 (US$ 1.33). I didn't have time to visit this one either.
CATS' CEMETERY: This is literally what the name says. A woman called Edith liked so much her cats that she decided to make a cemetery for them. In this yard you can find 9 graves with the name of each cat. This was one of my favorite stops during this walk.
COLONIAL FAMILY MUSEUM: Another trip back to the past, but this time besides the clothing you can see furniture, household appliances and historical machinery. The entrance costs R$ 5,00 (US$ 1.33). This one I didn't visit as well.
P.S.: The prices and conversions mentioned refer to November 2018/February 2019.