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Blumenau & Pomerode - a piece of Germany in Brazil

Parrots in the sky, tropical jungles and in the midst of it half-timbered houses and people celebrating Oktoberfest. Does not fit together you say? Let us take you to Blumenau & Pomerode:

Not too far from the megacity of Sao Paulo is Santa Catarina, one of Brazil’s southernmost states. This state is home to two very special cities, among others. Cities that can look back on German settlers and a long German history. German heritage is still present in both cities and is promoted and preserved.

Blumenau - a German city in the middle of Brazil

The city of Blumenau was founded in 1850 by German immigrants. The town was named after its founder Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau, a German pharmacist. The city still bears witness to colonial charm and displays it through historic buildings and neighborhoods. In addition to the half-timbered houses, the local Oktoberfest also indicates a still strong connection to the city’s German roots. This is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, only Munich surpasses Blumenau in this. Nevertheless, every year thousands of visitors from all over the world are drawn to the Oktoberfest in Brazil. The city is also well established economically, being the most important business and industrial center in the state of Santa Catarina. The textile industry of Blumenau is especially well known.

Oktoberfest in Brasilien

Blumenau has a number of sights to offer, many of which are also reminders of its German origins:

  1. Blumenau City Hall (Prefeitura Municipal): The magnificent neoclassical style City Hall is one of Blumenau’s landmarks. It was originally built in the 19th century and is known for its imposing facade and striking chimes.
  2. Museu da Cerveja (Beer Museum): In this museum, visitors can learn about the history of beer brewing in Blumenau and the importance of Oktoberfest for the city. The exhibition displays historical beer utensils and offers tastings of local beers.
  3. Parque Vila Germânica: This park is the venue of Blumenau’s famous Oktoberfest. It has traditional German architecture, beer gardens, restaurants and souvenir stores. Even outside of Oktoberfest, this is a great place to experience German culture and local cuisine.
  4. Igreja Matriz São Paulo Apóstolo (St. Paul’s Cathedral): This impressive neo-Gothic style Catholic cathedral is an architectural gem. It dates back to the 19th century and impresses with its high towers and ornate decorations.
  5. Museu da Água (Water Museum): This museum is dedicated to water supply and treatment. Visitors can explore the history of water supply in Blumenau and learn more about the importance of water to the city.
  6. Ponte Aldo Pereira de Andrade (Ponte de Ferro): This huge bridge, also known as the “Iron Bridge,” is a historic landmark and an example of German engineering. It spans the Itajaí-Açu River and offers an impressive view of the city.
  7. Edith Gaertner Botanical Garden: This picturesque botanical garden offers an oasis of peace and beauty in the middle of the city. Visitors can walk through manicured gardens, greenhouses and tropical plants and enjoy nature.

Besides the many sights, Blumenau does not disappoint in culinary terms. Thus, some German specialties can be found on the menus of the restaurants:

  1. Bratwurst (sausage): Blumenau is known for its excellent bratwursts. These hearty, well-seasoned sausages are often grilled or fried and served with mustard or sauerkraut. They are a must for visitors, especially during Oktoberfest.
  2. Potato Salad (Salada de Batata): Potato salad in Blumenau is typically made with mayonnaise and often includes bacon bits. It is a popular accompaniment to many dishes.
  3. Eisbein (knuckle of pork): A classic German dish often served in Blumenau. It is cured and boiled pork, fried until crispy and often served with sauerkraut and potatoes.
  4. Sauerkraut (Chucrute): Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage dish often served in Blumenau as a side dish with various meat dishes. It gives a sour note to the meals.
  5. Cheesecake (Torta de Queijo): Cheesecake is a popular dessert in Blumenau. The delicious cake impresses with its filling. Often this cake can still be found with fruit.
  6. Beer (Cerveja): Blumenau is also known for its beer, especially during the Oktoberfest. Many local beers are brewed, including some excellent craft beers that visitors can enjoy.
  7. Sweets (Doces): The city is proud of its sweet treats, including chocolates, chocolates and marzipan. These sweets are often artistically designed and are often taken as souvenirs.
  8. Apple Strudel (Strudel de Maçã): This popular dessert originates from German cuisine and is also common in Blumenau. The strudel is filled with apples, cinnamon and raisins and is often served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Blumenau and its diverse economy

Besides impressive buildings and delicious food, however, Blumenau can also shine as a business location. Thus, the city has a diversified economy with a wide variety of sectors. Among them mechanical engineering & electronics, metal processing, food processing and a large textile and garment industry. The city has a strong middle class and many small businesses, resulting in a well-balanced labor market, which is reflected in the low unemployment rate. In addition, Blumenau also has a distinctive area of research and education. Renowned universities such as FURB (Universidade Regional de Blumenau) contribute strongly to the steady development of the city. Tourism is also a big aspect of the economy, so Blumenau can shine here with restaurants, hotels, shopping centers and much more.

Nature

Blumenau also offers a lot of attractions for nature lovers, as the city is located in the middle of lush green forests, picturesque hills and river and stream courses. Around Blumenau there are countless hiking trails and nature trails from which to marvel at nature and wildlife. Birds, in particular, are plentiful. In addition to hiking, water sports also play a role, with active kayaking and stand-up paddling in the rivers and lakes surrounding the city. There are also some nature parks through which you can experience untouched nature. In the city itself there is also a botanical garden, the garden Edith Gaertner. Here you can see tropical plants in greenhouses and well-tended gardens. The most famous viewpoint in the Blumenau area is the Morro do Spitzkopf.

The German-speaking town of Pomerode in the middle of Brazil

The town of Pomerode was founded in 1861 by German immigrants, mainly from Pomerania. The main language of the city is German, although most residents speak Portuguese as well. Festivals and customs from Germany have also been adopted, for example Christmas markets are held and festivals such as Oktoberfest and Easter are celebrated. Also, the city is known for still having some well-preserved half-timbered houses from the time of the city’s founding.

The city of Pomerode offers some sights which represent the German culture:

  1. Pomeranian Museum (Museu Pomerano): This museum is a treasure house of German culture and history in Pomerode. It offers insights into the way of life of the German immigrants, their traditions, crafts and customs. Visitors can explore historical artifacts, clothing and tools that tell the story of the city and its inhabitants.
  2. Half-timbered architecture: Pomerode is known for its well-preserved half-timbered houses in German style. A walk through the streets of the city allows visitors to admire this characteristic architecture and relive the past.
  3. Warnow Castle (Castelo de Warnow): This castle is an impressive building in neo-Gothic style and stands as a symbol of the German colonization of Pomerode. It is now a venue for weddings and cultural events.
  4. Christmas Village: Pomerode is famous for its Christmas Village (Vila de Natal), which immerses visitors in a magical Christmas world. During the Christmas season, the streets are festively decorated and there are numerous stalls selling handmade gifts and regional delicacies.
  5. St. Michael’s Church (Igreja São Miguel): This magnificent neo-Gothic style church is an architectural gem. It impresses with its high towers and ornate decorations. The church is an important place for religious celebrations and weddings.
  6. Easter: The Easter Festival (Festa de Páscoa) in Pomerode is one of the most important religious festivals in the city. It includes processions, musical performances and elaborate Easter decorations celebrating the Easter traditions of German immigrants.
  7. Municipal Park (Parque Municipal de Eventos): This park is a popular venue for cultural festivals and events in Pomerode. The Oktoberfest and other important celebrations take place here.
  8. German gastronomy: Pomerode offers a rich choice of restaurants serving traditional German dishes. Visitors can enjoy delicious specialties such as pork knuckle, bratwurst and sauerkraut.

The city also preserves its German roots in the culinary field:

  1. German cuisine: Pomerode is proud of its German cultural heritage, and this is reflected in the city’s rich German cuisine. Visitors can enjoy many classic German dishes, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, knuckle of pork and potato salad.
  2. Cafés and bakeries: Pomerode has a variety of cozy cafés and bakeries offering delicious German pastries such as Streuselkuchen, Apfelstrudel and Stollen. These are perfect companions to a cup of coffee or tea.
  3. Beer: As in many German communities, beer is an important part of the culinary culture in Pomerode. The city has its own breweries and serves traditional German beers as well as local craft beers. During the Oktoberfest, the beer flows in streams.
  4. Christmas pastries: During the Christmas season, Pomerode is famous for its Christmas treats. Visitors can sample gingerbread, cinnamon stars, dominoes and other Christmas sweets, which are often available at Christmas markets and in the city’s Christmas village.
  5. Pastry shops: Pomerode offers an abundance of pastry shops that make elaborately decorated cakes, pies and desserts. These are not only delicious, but often visual masterpieces.
  6. Potato dishes: potatoes are an important part of German cuisine, and in Pomerode they are prepared in many ways. From potato salad to potato soup, there are many delicious dishes that show the versatility of the potato.
  7. Fish dishes: Thanks to the waters in the area, Pomerode also offers a selection of fish dishes. Fried or grilled fish can be found on the menus of many restaurants.

Pomerode and its impressive economy

Economically, the small town of Pomerode also shows a good side. The economy of the city includes a few different sectors, such as handicrafts and crafts. From jewelry to ceramic products to furniture, the city’s numerous workshops and factories produce many products, some of which are German-made. Agriculture also plays a major role for the city, so much of the surrounding land is used for agriculture, from which vegetables, fruits and dairy products are obtained. Besides agriculture, tourism also plays a role. The city specifically lures German heritage to Brazil, which attracts countless visitors. Especially at times of festivals, for which the city is known. Appropriately, some hotels, restaurants and retail stores can be found in Pomerode. The city also has some educational institutions and cultural centers and some craft breweries that produce their own local craft beer and export them throughout Brazil and internationally.

Nature

Surrounded by dense forests and green hills, Pomerode is not inferior to nearby Blumenau in terms of outdoor activities. Hiking and biking in the lush greenery, relaxing at famous waterfalls like the Salto do Zinco or excursions to the nearby beaches of the Atlantic coast, the nature around Pomerode offers attractions for everyone. A distinctive fauna can also be found in the surroundings of Pomerode, including rare butterflies and birds of all shapes and colors. Pomerode also has some natural parks.

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