Historical German Heritage

German immigrants began arriving in Santa Catarina starting in 1829. One of the most striking features of their presence are the buildings with exposed wooden structures and massive brick walls, characteristic of Tudor style architecture. Municipalities with German origin, statewide, have maintained examples of this architectural heritage, especially São Pedro de Alcântara (Santa Catarina’s first German colony), Blumenau, Joinville, Sao Bento do Sul, and, most notably, Pomerode, which has more than 300 buildings that have been built in this style, and which are part of the Rota do Enxaimel (Tudor Route) tour.

Grande Florianópolis


Historical Center
It includes the old Agricultural Patronage building, the Public Archive, the Municipal Library, the Parish House and houses in German style.

Antônio Carlos

Upper River Farias Covered Bridge
Renovated in 1986, it is in the district Alto Rio Farias.

São Bonifácio

Houses and buildings with a timber frame architecture typical of the German colonization.

São Pedro de Alcântara

Comunidade de Santa Filomena
It gathers together historical buildings listed by the State Government. SC-407, Santa Filomena.



Estação Ferroviária/Locomotiva Macuquinha (Railroad Station/Locomotive Macuquinha)
Built in German style (1926), the station was functioning until the end of the 20th century. At the side, there is the Locomotive Macuquinha. Daily, from 8am to 8pm.
Rua Bento Cândido de França, 25, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3447-1863.

Campo Alegre

Town Hall
The 1929 building facing a beautiful square.
Rua Cel. Bueno Franco, 292, Centro. Phone: (47) 3632-2266.

Jaraguá do Sul

Colonizer’s House/Immigrant’s Museum
The museum, which depicts the routine of the first colonizers, is installed in a timber frame style house built at the start of the 20th century. There is also a tourist information office in the place. Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 7pm; Saturday and holiday, from 9am to 3pm.
Av. Pref. Waldemar Grubba, 1.811, Vila Lalau.
Phone: (47) 3275-2146.

Expedition Member’s Square
Highlight for the Breithaupt Warehouse, in timber frame style, listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Nearby there are buildings in the Bauhaus style, as the Post Office and Urban Coach Terminal. A memorial in the square pays homage to those taking part in the 2nd World War.

Recreative Society Rio da Luz (Salão Barg)
Timber frame building from 1915, it is the stage of the State Colonist’s Feast (July). It also handles king and queen feasts and dinner dances.
Rua Eurico Duwe, 2.600, Rio da Luz I. Phone: (47) 3376-2184.

Casa Rux
Timber frame stype building dated from 1915 and listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Rua Erwin Rux, 663. Rio da Luz II.


Memory Station

Former Railroad Station of Joinville (1906), it is listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Tuesday thru Friday, from 9am to 5pm; Saturday, Sunday and holiday, from 12pm to 6pm.
Rua Leite Ribeiro, s/n, Anita Garibaldi.
Phone: (47) 3422-5222.

Deutsche Schule Cultural Center
Installed in a historical building. Monday thru Friday, 8am to 12pm and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, with scheduling.
Rua Princesa Isabel, 438, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3026-8037

Krüger House
Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN), houses a unit of the Tourist Attendance Center and Eco-Rural Tourism Association of Joinville. Daily, from 9am to 5pm.
SC-301 (Estrada Dona Francisca), Km 0, Distrito Industrial de Pirabeiraba.
Phone: (47) 3427-5623.

Fleith House and Schwisky House
Buildings listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) located in rural areas of the municipality (respectively on Estrada do Pico (Pico Road) and Estrada Quiriri (Quiriri Road)).

National Immigration and Colonization Museum
It is installed in a building listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). It preserves more than 5 thousand parts referring to the colonization of the municipality, including the Casa Enxaimel (Timber Frame House) (1905), which reproduces externally and internally a typical German construction of the beginning of the 20th century. Tuesday thru Friday, from 9am to 5pm; Saturday, Sunday and holiday, from 12pm to 6pm.
Rua Rio Branco, 229, Centro. In front of Rua das Palmeiras.
Phone: (47) 3433-3736.

Joinville Art Museum

It receives temporary exhibitions and has a permanent collection with paintings, sculptures and engravings of local and national artists. The building is listed by the State Historical Heritage. Tuesday thru Friday, from 9am to 5pm; Saturday, Sunday and holiday, from 12pm to 6pm.
Rua XV de Novembro, 1.383, América.
Phone: (47) 3433-4677

Municipal Public Market
Monday thru Friday, from 7am to 7pm; Saturday, from 7am to 1pm.
Avenida Dr. Paulo Medeiros, 395, Praça Hercílio Luz, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3453-2663.

São Bento do Sul

Estrada Dona Francisca
It was the 2nd road to be used by carts in Brazil and the 1st route linking the coast to the North Plateau of Santa Catarina. In the stretch which goes by São Bento do Sul the properties listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) draw one’s attention, as the Casa Neumann, the Waldemiro Struck, the Edeltraud Eichendorf and the Schlagenhaufer.

Vale Europeu


Small Castle
The replica of the oldest city hall in Germany. Currently it houses a famous department store. It has a deck where craft draft beer is served.
Rua XV de Novembro, 1.050, Centro.

City Hall
Inaugurated in 1982, the building has a timber frame style. In the garden there is parked the first locomotive of Blumenau, coming from Germany and known as Macuca.
Praça Victor Konder, 2, Centro. Phone: (47) 3381-6000.

Cultural Foundation
Built in 1875, the old headquarters of the colony is today a cultural center and houses the Museu de Arte de Blumenau – MAB (Blumenau Art Museum). The building has been renovated, recovering the architectural traces of the first construction.
Rua XV de Novembro, 161, Centro. Phone: (47) 3381-6192.
www.fcblu.com.br www.museudeartedeblumenau.blogspot.com

Trading House
The building, concluded in 1923, originally housed the Maternity Unit Johannastift and, years later, the typical restaurant Castelinho Branco. Restored and reinaugurated in 2007, today it is the headquarters of the Trading House of the Chamber of Store Managers (CDL).
Alameda Rio Branco, 165, Centro. Phone: (47) 3221-5735.

Luterhan Church of the Holy Spirit
Inaugurated in 1868, it has features of Gothic architecture. The church is listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Rua Amazonas, 119, Ribeirão Fresco. Phone: (47) 3322-0587.

Memory House #1
One of the first three schools of the Blumenau Colony, dated from 1870, it currently offers historical-documentary exhibitions, guided visits and sociocultural community activities. Tuesday thru Friday, from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm.
Rua Dr. Pedro Zimmermann, 8.107, Itoupava Central. Phone: (47) 3378-3956.

Valley Mill
One of the most traditional post cards of the city, it is today a refined touristic complex with an events house, restaurant, beer bar, deckbar and souvenir store.
Rua Porto Rico, 66, Ponta Aguda. Phone: (47) 32223440.

Vila Itoupava
A community located at 25 km from the Center of Blumenau, the most genuine German retreat in the city.

Aldo Pereira de Andrade Bridge
Known as the Ponte de Ferro (Iron Bridge), its construction was started in 1929 for transporting food and industrialized products. Restored in 1991, it is a milestone in the economic development of Blumenau.



Town Hall
It has a façade in timber frame style. Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 12pm and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
Praça das Bandeiras, 77, Centro. Phone: (47) 3251-1833.


Duwe House
Built between 1935 and 1940, the timber frame building was listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Rua Augusto Maas, 5.700, Arapongas.

Locality at less than 10 km from the Center, it preserves the first timber frame houses of the settlement occurring in 1860. It contains the headquarters of the oldest shooting society in Santa Catarina. In this community there are also two monuments listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN): the suspension bridge and covered wooden bridge, over the Warnow Stream.


South Touristic Portal
Timber frame jbuilding where the Tourist Information Center functions. There, bicycles can be hired for trips through the Historical Center. Daily, from 8am to 6pm.
Rua XV de Novembro, 818, Centro. Phone: (47) 3387-2627.

Wolfgang Weege Immigrant’s Portal (Portal Norte)
It is a replica of the Portal de Stettin, the capital of Pomerania between 1720 and 1945, in ancient Prussia. It was from this city that Carl Weege and several immigrants left , in 1868, to colonize Pomerode.
Rua Pres. Costa e Silva, Testo Rega, near the Malwee Malhas.

Carl Weege Immigrant’s House
A German colonial style house with a museum which preserves old furniture, a waterwheel, a shelter with a sugarcane attrition mill and another with a corn flour mill. Tuesday thru Sunday and holiday, from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 5pm.
Rua Leopoldo Blaese, 11, Pomerode Fundos. Phone: (47) 3387-2613.

Timber Frame Route
it can be done by car or bicycle, observing the dozens of timber frame style buildings which exist in the locality of Testo Alto (listed by Unesco as Cultural Heritage. The route also foresees stops in ateliers of artists and craftspeople, in the Pousada da Estufa (Greenhouse Hostel) (former tobacco greenhouse), in the Casa de Taipa (Stucco House) and in the Casa Voigt/Wachholz (Voigt/Wachholz House), which started to be built in 1867 – the oldest timber frame in the town. Access by Rua Testo Alto, near North Portal.


Tourism Route
Phone: (47) 8828-8806 / 9625-2630



Music Museum
It occupies the Salão Hammermeister (Hammermeister Hall), listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). It houses more than a thousand items, among musical instruments and accessories, musical literature, scores, technical designs, teaching methods and material from several places in the world, besides a collection of photographs, programming and recordings of musical activities of Timbó and region. Every third Sunday of the month there is the Café Musical (Musical Café), with recitals. Tuesday thru Sunday and holiday (except holy days), from 8:30am to 11:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
Rua Edmundo Bell, s/n, esquina com a SC-477, Dona Clara.
Phone: (47) 3399-0418

Teacher’s House and School
Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Rua Pomeranos, 140 e 182, Pomeranos.

Zimath House
Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Rua Pomeranos, 3.182, Pomeranos.

Radoll House
Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Estrada Cedro Margem Esquerda, s/n, Rio Cedro.

Reinecke House
Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Rua Blumenau, 4.664, Via Hass.

Immigrant’s Garden Touristic Complex
Located in the region where the history of the municipality began, it houses the Museu do Imigrante, the historical buildings Casa de Taipa (Stucco House) and Casa Enxaimel (Timber Frame House), and the old mill (currently, nightclub, bar, restaurant and brewery).
Av. Getúlio Vargas, Centro.

Vale do Contestado


Marcílio Dias District
Colonized by Germans, it maintains a typically Germanic architecture. There is also a North-American style wooden house, a result of the presence of the Southern Brazil Lumber & Colonization Company. At the site, visitors can enjoy the typical cuisine of the region, a large producer of butter. 6 km from the town.



Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church
Built at the beginning of the 1970s, it has Germanic architectural lines. The highlight is the stained glass window of the resurrection of Christ.
Rua Marechal Deodoro, 473, Centro.
Phone: (49) 3442-0358.


Alberton Memorial House
The home of a Germanic architect that was rebuilt in the new city, it holds many of the original parts. Open daily, 8:30am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
Praça Luís Sartoretto, 17, Centro. Phone: (49) 3458-1047.


Cultural Center
German style building dating from 1915.
Rua Felipe Schmidt, 494, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3642-0488.


Tourist Information Center
Built in a Germanic style, there is a model of the Machadinho Hydroelectric Power Plant and panels with tourist images of the region.
Rua Florianópolis, 246, Balneário. Phone: (49) 3553-0553.