The wooden houses with balconies and viewpoints show the architecture of former times. In turn, the neat gardens accompany the environment with their green hues.
When touring around it, Frutillar displays two well-defined areas: Upper and Lower. The latter is the traditional city that welcomed the German immigrants who built their houses by Lake Llanquihue, with the volcanoes in the background.
As we reached Lower Frutillar, the steep slope of the cliff gave us a first glimpse of the size of the town resting on the shore. We parked our car and resolved to walk without haste and behold the buildings from a close distance. Some of them are over 150 years old. As we walked down Philippi Avenue, we were impressed by the silhouettes of the Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes, as well as by the fine sand beach that borders the large bay.
The old grand European houses have been enhanced and continue to lodge families, hostels and first-class gastronomic venues. In its early days, these buildings belonged to large families. Their roofs and facings made with Patagonian cypress tiles are a classic among them. Richter House (where the Art School works today) and the Lutheran Church are two referents of the time.
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The First Colonists
The German Colonial Museum is a tribute to the German immigratns. The history of Frutillar begins behind these doors.