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About Blumenau

292,972 in city
657,029 in metro
520 km² (201 mi²)
21 m
Blumenau is a city in Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil. It was founded on September 2, 1850 by Dr. Otto Hermann Blumenau along with 17 German immigrants. A few years later Fritz Müller migrated to Blumenau as well. The main ethnic groups of the city are Germans and Italians. The city itself retains many historical and cultural reminders of its past, such as houses and other buildings built in a German style, statues and memorials. The city is located in a valley, surrounded by hills with forests and bisected by the Itajaí-Açu River. There are towers and tall buildings in the city center. The residential areas spread into the nearby hills and plains, and the lower areas, including the downtown, constantly suffer from the threat of floods. The municipality's economy is based on tourism, commerce and industry, particularly textiles, as the city is a major textile center of Brazil. The most significant period for tourism is during Oktoberfest, a traditional Bavarian beer festival.