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A visit to the picturesque town of Gramado is definitely something to put on your travel bucket list.  While you’re in the area, also visit Canela with its beautiful parks.  These two towns have a lot on offer for the tourists and are both definitely worth a visit. Let’s explore Gramado and Canela with a view of planning your next trip.

Gramado, Brazil

I would describe Gramado as a “Bavarian Dream World in Brazil”.  This beautiful but busy mountain resort town in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul, was influenced by 19th century German settlers, and it shows everywhere.  The ‘Alpine-style’ buildings are beautiful. 

What to do in Gramado

The town has a lovely ‘covered street / mall” (Rua Coberta Gramado) with shops and restaurants with a German atmosphere. Like the Rasen Platz where you can enjoy an ice cold beer. This is also the place to stop during Christmas time for their beautiful annual Christmas market.  Gramado is famous for beautiful Christmas decorations in their streets.  It is a real treat to stop here during December months. 

There are lots of beautiful shops everywhere in town and you might enjoy walking down the streets more, than trying to spot the cute places from a moving car.  So park your car and do a walking tour of the town. A visit to a chocolatier is a must.  The beautiful Sao Pedro Church opposite the main square in town is also worth a visit.

I would suggest doing the bus tours on offer in Gramado and Canela or to book with a tour group.  This will ensure you see all the beautiful places and not to miss out on something really special.

Spring time in Gramado is simply beautiful with its massive hydrangea blooms.  Combine that with a tranqual swan-boat ride on the beautiful Lago Negro – The ‘Black Lake’ (an artificial lake decorated with trees from Germany’s black forest) as well as some lovely mountain hikes in the Serra Gaúcha Mountains.  Lago Negro is a popular tourist attraction and definitely worth a visit.

Gramado Main

Things to do in Gramado

Santa’s Village

Santa’s theme park (Papai Noel) is located in Gramado and is open all year round.  With a toy factory, Santa’s house, artificial snow and fun rides like the flying sleigh and the monorail, this is the place to take the children (both young and old).

They also have a viewpoint which has beautiful views over the Quilombo Valley, which lies between the towns of Gramado and Canela.

Gramado Santas House Santas Village


Just outside of Gramado you will find Snowland with Snow Mountain.  Have a fun day in the snow with tubing, figure skating, ice gliding and more.  This indoor venue also offers good ski instructors to help you join in the fun.

Mini Mundo

This beautiful outdoor miniature park in Gramado is a fantastic place to visit.  With great attention to detail, this park offers replicas of international buildings and places around the world.  They also have a wonderful café and a spectacular gift shop.

Address: R. Horácio Cardoso, 291 – Planalto, Gramado – RS, 95670-000, Brazil

Where to stay in Gramado

Canela, Brazil

Just 14 minutes (9.2 km) away from Gramado, is the resort town of Canela (Canella).  In my opinion the town is not quite as picturesque as Gramado, but the Gothic Cathedral of Stone with its 12 bronze bells in the main square (Praça Matriz) will definitely draw your attention.  This is a beautiful photo stop in Canela.  Furthermore just on the outskirts of Canela you will find the most beautiful parks to visit:

  • Parque do Caracol is a beautiful park 7 km from the city centre where you can explore with walkways and hiking trails and enjoy the beautiful views of the Caracol waterfall.  The park offers stunning view points and beautiful vistas.
  • Ride in the Air cable cars at Da Serra Parks and enjoy the beautiful views from the colorful aerial trams with views over the waterfall.
Canella Bus tour
Bus Tour Photos:  Viator

Things to do in Canela

Canela Bus tour

You can book wonderful bus sight-seeing tours in both Canela and Gramado.  Check out their link below for what they have on offer.


Visit the Dreamland Wax Museum.

Mundo a Vapor

Steamworld in the town of Canela, is a “steam museum” with steam power exhibits, mini train replicas, riverboats and more. Come meet Peppe the guardian of Steam World.

Address:  Av. Don Luiz Guanella, 1247 – Carniel, Canela – RS, 95680-000, Brazil

Florybal Magic Park Land

A wonderful amusement park featuring a 7D theater and themes such as dinosaurs, which the kids will really love.
Address: Rodovia RS-466, 1630 – Jardim dos Pinheiros II, Canela – RS, 95680-000, Brazil
Canela Mundo a Vapor

Where to stay in Canela

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gramado Photos

You can book the Gramado and Cinnamon  exclusive Photo Tour with Viator, for a tour with your own professional photographer ensuring  you’ll have beautiful photos of the trip.

Photo:  Viator

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International airport

The Porto Alegre, Brazil (POA / SBPA) Salgado Filho International Airport