Known as the “Brazilian Switzerland”, Nova Friburgo is famous by its mild and pleasant weather, its natural beauties, the local cuisine, and by the architecture of its buildings from the colonial period.
Located 131km away from Rio de Janeiro, the city of Nova Friburgo was colonized by Swiss people on the 19th century, and one of the main legacies left by them (apart from the charming buildings) is the culinary. In the Mury district (Nova Friburgo gastronomy center), the specialized restaurants offer fondues and raclettes. The German colonizers also helped build the city, and their cuisine is also present in the local restaurant, always accompanied with good beers.
Still regarding Nova Friburgo colonizers, another tourist attraction is Praça das Colônias, a square where you can travel through the countries that are part of the city’s history. The square is made of ten areas where each colony displays and promotes its culture, art, and traditions. The main natural tourist attraction and one of the city’s postcard is Pedra do Cão Sentado rock, which is located 1,100 meters above sea level and is 111 meters high. You can reach it after a one-kilometer hike, passing through forest, rustic bridges, and caves.
Located in the Macaé de Cima Forest Reservation area and 35Km away from Nova Friburgo, the Lumiar district is also sought by the tourists who visit the city, especially those who look for adventure. With waterfalls and rivers, the practice of sports like rafting, canoeing, and rappelling are common in the region. There, you can find quality and affordable underwear, which gave the region the title of “national lingerie capital”.