Curitiba has many tourist attractions for locals and tourists. Among parks and museums, some of them are must-see for those who want to enjoy the best places Curitiba has to offer! Check-out our list with the most visited places in Curitiba:
1) Botanical Garden (“Jardim Botânico”)
Opened in 1991 and inspired by French gardens, it is the most visited place in Curitiba. The garden has a total area of 245,000 sqm – Brazil´s 4th biggest botanical garden – and enchants all visitors with its beautiful atmosphere. It is famous for its metallic-glass structure where you will see many different plants. You will also find there the “Sensations Garden” – Jardim das Sensações – that offers direct contact to plants of different textures, forms and smells.
Adress: Rua Eng°. Ostoja Roguski, s/n°. Opens daily from 6 am to 8 pm (in sommer, from 6 am to 9 pm). Site.
2) Wire Opera House (“Ópera de Arame”)
With a different and special structure, lying on a lake of a former quarry, it impresses all visitors! It was opened 1992 and besides a touristic place, it is a theater that hosts presentations, music festivals and graduations. During the evening, it is even more impressing due to its lightning.
Adress: Rua João Gava, s/nº, Abranches. At the moment it undergoes renovations, but external visits are allowed. It should be ready by the end of 2013.
3) Tanguá Park (“Parque Tanguá”)
The park was created to protect the waters of the Barigui river and is today another special tourist attraction. Located in an area of former quarries, it was opened 1996 and occupies an area of about 450.000 sqm. It has barbeque places, a beautiful garden, lakes and an artificial waterfall, a tunnel crossing the former quarry and an amazing view. Sundown is a beautiful moment to appreciate this park!
Adress: Rua Dr. Bemben, s/nº - Pilarzinho. (41) 3352-7607. Opens daily.
4) Tiradentes Square (“Praça Tiradentes”)
Considered the zero point of Curitiba, the Tiradentes square is the place where the first European inhabitants settled down. Thousands of people cross the square every day because of its central location. Here you will also see the Cathedral and a few meters away you will reach the old town (Largo da Ordem). After a complete renovation in 2008, the square got new benchs, lights and a glass floor showing the former pavement. Do not miss the Cathedral, opened 1893 and that has been recently completely renewed.
Adress: R. Cruz Machado esquina com Av. Mal. Floriano Peixoto, Centro. Daily.
5) Tingui Park (“Parque Tingui”)
This park was also built to preserve the waters of the Barigui river and is spread marging the river – a linear park. It also hosts the Ukranian Memorial, a copy of an orthodox church of Mallet, a small town colonized by Ukranians in Paraná Estate. The place hosts exhibitions about Ukraine and about the “pysankas” – beautiful typical colorful eggs. The park also has a bicycle lane, a playground, lakes and a huge green area. Maybe you can also spot capybaras that live there!
Adress: Avenida Fredolin Wolf, s/nº - São João. (41) 3338-1442
6) Barigui Park (“Parque Barigui”)
One of the biggest and oldest parks of Curitiba, the Barigui is one of the absolute favourites of the curitibanos. The place is perfect for sports such as jogging, bicycle, inline skates or just enjoying the free time with family or drinking a beer with friends! The park has a very good infrastructure. Close by you may visit the Automobile Museum (Museu do Automóvel).
Adress: Rodovia do Café (BR 277), km 0 – Santo Inácio. Museum closes on Monday.
7) Panoramic Tower (“Torre Panorâmica”)
With a height of about 109 m, the Panoramic Tower offers a wonderful view of Curitiba in 360 degrees. Opened 1991, it is managed by Oi (telephone company) and the local tourism office. In the tower there are also video sessions and tourist information desk, besides the Telephone Museum. It is a perfect place to visit in sunny days!
Adress: Rua Prof. Lycio Grein de Castro Vellozo, 191 - Mercês. Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. Entrance: R$ 5,00 per person; R$ 2,50 for children from 5 to 9 years old and for older than 60. (41) 3339-7613.
8) Oscar Niemeyer Museum (“Museu Oscar Niemeyer”)
The Oscar Niemeyer Museum is another place that should not be missed. Besides its interesting architecture, the place hosts many exhibitions and has a wide external area, where it is possible to bring your pet to play and enjoy a sunny day. In 2012 it celebrated its 10th anniversary and was elected as one of the 20 most beautiful museums of the world by the Flavorwire magazine. To round up your visit, make a break at the museums café.
Adress: Rua Marechal Hermes, 999 – Centro Cívico. (41) 3350-4400. Site.
9) German Woods (“Bosque Alemão”)
Built in honor to the German culture and traditions. It was opened 1996 and is a beautiful and different park in Curitiba. 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 where children come to hear stories. In the upper side, there is the Philosophers Tower, from where you have a beautiful view of Curitiba and also the café “Deutsche Ecke”, with delicious German and Brazilian specialties.
Adress: Rua Francisco Schaffer, s/nº, - Vista Alegre. Daily from 6am to 8 pm. Library from 9am to 5pm. Stories Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays at 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm. (41) 3350-9183.
The “Free Environmental University” – Unilivre – has an interesting and sustainable architecture, surrounded by native woods and located in a former quarry, what makes the place very special. It was founded 1991 and at the moment develops activities for environmental education, research, studies and projects. There is also a small stage facing the lake and the external structure was built with recycled material .
Adress: Rua Victor Benato, 210 – Pilarzinho. (41) 3254-3734. Site.
Besides our top-10, Curitiba has many other interesting places to visit! Do not miss also:
- Pope´s Woods (“Bosque do Papa”) – in honor to the Polish immigrants and to the visit of John Paul II in 1981. It is located just a few steps from Oscar Niemeyer Museum!
- Passeio Público – Curitiba´s first park and zoological garden. It is located in the downtown area and is a place for relaxing and sports.
- Largo da Ordem (old town) – it is part of the historical downtown area and is one of the most interesting places in Curitiba. Do not miss the Handcraft Market (Feira do Artesanato), that happens every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm.
You can visit all these tourist attractions in our guided full day tour “Curitiba Intensive Tour”.
Another must-do tour in Curitiba is the famous train tour to Morretes! More than 200,000 people every year enjoy the historical railroad that links Curitiba to the coast. More information about this tour here.
Special Paraná Turismo Receptivo – Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 262 sala 5 – Curitiba – PR – 80020-000 - Brazil – Tel.: 55 41 3232 1314 – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – Tourism Ministry Registration: 18.005869.10.0001-1