Gramado Tourist Attractions
Situation and CharacteristicsGramado, a tourist center in the Quilombo valley, 133km/83mi north-east of Porto Alegre, is the scene of a number of major events, including the Brazilian Film Festival (Festival de Cinema Nacional; August) and the International Publicity Festival (Festival Mundial de Publicidade). It has a harsh winter climate, but is famed for its show of hydrangeas in summer. Some of its houses point to the Bavarian origin of early settlers. The town enjoys a wide reputation for its delicious home-made chocolate and generous Italian and German cuisine. Visitors should not miss the chance of a meal in a café colonial: the abundance of the food is overwhelming.Bus stationAvinguda Borges de Medeiros 2100
Gramado RuralA short drive in the immediate surroundings of Gramado will prove very rewarding. 6km/4mi outside the town take the Linha Bonita, a road which winds its way down through the hills to a little village with typical local cottages, a watermill and a small church. The private museum of the Fioreze family contains 700 copper and iron utensils and implements used by the Italian immigrants. Beyond this is the Cascata do Panelão, a 15m/50ft high waterfall which plunges down into a basin 10m/35ft across and disappears into clefts in the rock, emerging lower down from the caves which the water has carved out of the basalt rock.The return journey is on the Linha Furna, which, 20km/12.4mi before Gramado, crosses the Rio Santa Cruz on an iron bridge.
Waterfalls2km/1.3mi from the town are the Cascata dos Narcisos and the Véu da Noiva ("Bridal Veil"), which plunge down more than 20m/65ft.
Museu do Gaúcho Serrano (Museu Rodeio Bonito)
Museu do Gaúcho SerranoThe Gaúcho Museum in Rua Augusto Zatti, also known as the Museu Rodeio Bonito, is the only museum in Rio Grande do Sul devoted to the traditions of the Gaúchos Serranos. It contains over 3500 exhibits dating from the so-called "leather cycle" and the period of the Guerra dos Farrapos catalogued by the Petersen family. Here guitarists play typical Gaúcho music from the highland region.
Lago NegroOf the town's artificial lakes two are particularly beautiful: the Lago Negro (Black Lake), set in woodland in the Vila Planalto district, and the Lago Joaquina Rita Bier in the Municipal Park.
Hugo Davos Museum (closed)
Hugo Davos MuseumThe Hugo Davos Museum in the Cultural Center displays equipment and implements of the town's German and Italian settlers.
Parque Knorr1km/.7mi from the town center is one of Gramado's greatest attractions, the Knorr Park, with viewpoints, pleasant footpaths and hiking trails.