You may have heard of Blumenau – the city in Brazil which is proud of its German roots. However, there is another city which is a little bit ‘obsessed’ about it and it is situated about 30 minutes drive up north Blumenau – it is called Pomerode. The ‘obsession’ is positive of course and worth discovering. If you would like to learn more about the city and visit it during your stay in Brazil, this text is for you. We hope that you will find all the necessary information below.
Pomerode – the most German city in Brazil – how it all started
Let’s start from the beginning and explain when Germans came to Brazil. German-speaking immigrants came to Brazil in the early 19th century. They immigrated mainly from Germany, but also Austria, Switzerland and Russia. Several groups also came from Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. At first, however, they did not identify themselves as one ethnic group for several reasons.
At the entry road to Pomerode, you will notice the sign ‘the most German city in Brazil’. Pomerode taking its name from the Latin word Pomerania meaning maritime region (from which most of its founders come from) shows that it takes its german character very seriously from the very beginning – the entry gate called Portal Turístico do Sul. You can find the tourist information office located in this stone tower and see a monument from 1974 dedicated to German pioneers who arrived here in 1863.
Pomerode has only 30,000 inhabitants. It’s quite a small town that you can visit entirely in one or a few days – you can do it for one weekend, to be honest. But do not think it will lack tourist attractions – on the contrary – it has a lot to offer for everyone. If you are traveling with kids, you will not be disappointed as well.
How to get there
You can easily reach Pomerode by travelling by bus. It is the cheapest way and also very comfortable. You can go there from São Paulo and travel during the night choosing the ‘leito’ option (sleeping bus). It is better to buy the bus tickets in advance just to be on the safe side. All you have to do is click here and choose the best option for you.
What to see
There are plenty of places that you can visit there. We will list a few that we definitely recommend visiting during the weekend.
Rota do Enxaimel is one of Pomerode’s biggest tourist attractions. In this rural area of the city where you can find around fifty buildings which are all listed as historical heritage. Enxaimel is an old style of building that was very common in Pomerania. If you are a fan of German history, architecture and culture, this is a must-see for you.
Pomerode Zoo started as the first private zoo in Brazil created in 1932. Nowadays, it has no less than 1300 animals of 225 different species. It is an amazing ride not only for children but also for adults. We are sure that you will remember it for the rest of your life.
Another tourist attraction that we recommend visiting with children is Vila Encantada. You will find dinosaur replicas there and be able to play paleontologists. You can also see huge insects and pirates. It is definitely a paradise for little ones seeking for adventures.
Casa do Imigrante (the Immigrant House Museum, Carl Weege) is a place where you can learn about rural life in the countryside in the past. Thanks to the tour, you will see the daily life of the families of the settlers of the region, through the rich collection of objects, household items, furniture, documents and clothing.
Something for the adults – Cervejaria Schornstein. The Schornstein brewery produces very high-quality craft beer. It is possible to visit the factory and go through a tasting process. Perfect during the hot weather.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading a few facts and tips about this unique place in Brazil. We wish you a pleasant stay. Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below.