The Top 10 Things to Do in Curitiba, Brazil

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Curitiba is the capital of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná. It is known as a cultural center, Curitiba is home to a number of performance venues.

Museu Oscar Niemeyer
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Museu Oscar Niemeyer

Designed by the renowned Brazilian modern architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Museu in Curitiba, Brazil houses many of his works. The museum focuses on the visual arts, architecture and design. For its magnificence, beauty and for the importance of the collection, it represents a cultural institution of international significance.

It was elected by the citizens of Curitiba as the most beautiful building of the city. The museum is the largest museum in Latin America with 35.000 m² of constructed area with over 300 thousand visitors per year.

 

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Palácio Avenida

Palacio Avenida is probably one of the most visited spots in the city. Known as the headquarters of HSBC, the building is especially attractive during Christmas with a choir of children sing carols and popular songs and accompanied by a light show.

Botanical Garden Curitiba
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Botanical Garden

Also known as the “Jardim Botânico Fanchette Rischbieter”, is a park located in the city of Curitiba. It is the major tourist attraction of the city. In 2007, it was the most voted place in an online election to choose the “Seven Wonders of Brazil”. Opened in 1991 it was inspired by French gardens with fountains, waterfalls and lakes, and the main greenhouse of 458 square meters, where you can find many tropical plants.
It contains a great variety of plants including many Brazilian plants and from other countries.

Tangua Park
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Tangua Park

The Tanguá Park is one of the most important parks of the city of Curitiba and it is more favorable for walking and biking. The park has a total area of 450 thousand square meters and a 45 meters length tunnel, which can be crossed on foot by a walkway over the water. Among the fauna species that you can observe some animals such as mallard, bat, armadillo and teiú lizard.

Panoramic Tower

This cell phone tower was built on the highest ground of Curitiba and it is 109.5 meters height, with 1.050 meters height above sea level. The only telephone tower in Brazil with an observatory deck for sightseeing that is opened for visitation.

Panoramic Tower is the ideal place to go sightseeing in Curitiba from a different perspective.

Metropolitan Cathedral
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Metropolitan Cathedral

It is also called Curitiba Cathedral and is a Catholic church in the city of Curitiba, in the state of Parana in Brazil. Originally was built 1668, as a small wooden church dedicated to Our Lady of Light and Jesus.

Opera de Arame

The Ópera de Arame is a theatre house located in the city of Curitiba. Situated in the middle of an urban green park, Parque das Pedreiras, the Wire Opera House theatre, is built out of steel tubes.
It is one of Curitiba’s most recognizable buildings and an excellent example of modern architecture.

The Opera House is surrounded by an artificial lake. There is a pedestrian walkway over the lake through which visitors can access the auditorium.

Tiradentes Square

Located in Downtown close to Rua XV de Novembro this square is full of restaurants, shops, street vendors and buses. It is a nice place to take a walk during the day to get to know more about the historical center of Curitiba. The squares contain one Cathedral that was built in 1893 and it’s a historical birth and heart just like a marker of the geodesic center of the city.

Bosque Alemao
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German Woods

Bosque Alemão which means German Wood is a park built in Curitiba in honor of the German immigrants who begin to settle in the city in the early 19th century. Among different things, you will see native woods and the Hansel and Gretel trail. In the middle of the trail, you will see the “witch house”, with a library specialized in fairy tales.

Barigui Park
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Barigui Park

One of the biggest and oldest parks of Curitiba, the Barigui is one of the absolute favorites of the Curitiba’s. You can enjoy activities like such as jogging, bicycle, inline skates or just enjoying the free time with friends. Its proximity to bus stations and shopping malls makes it a great place to take a while and experience Curitiba.

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