By Melissa Rossi, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Home to breathtaking views of lush-green mountain peaks, the city of Petrópolis is widely known for its historical significance as the former summer residence of Brazil’s imperial family. Yet, although this splendid mountainous city derives part of its heritage from Brazil’s 19th century monarchy, the German immigrants hired to lay down its foundations are an integral part of its history.

Every winter, their traditions are summoned to life . . .

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