"A Bavarian Village in Argentina" Villa General Belgrano by barryg23

Villa General Belgrano Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 40 photos

You arrive in Villa Belgrano, rub your eyes, blink a few times, and feel like you've woken up in a dream somewhere in Bavaria!

Villa Belgrano is a town founded by German settlers, many of whom were from the Graf Spee ship, sunk during the Battle of River Plate in WW2 The survivors from the ship were interned in Montevideo, then dispatched to the countryside during the war. Many of them stayed on in Argentina and they and their descendants make up the population of Villa General Belgrano today.

The people here seem very proud of their German heritage and there is no shortage of German cafes, restaurants or souvenir shops. There's even an Oktoberfest festival. The town does feel slightly out of place in Argentina.

There is also excellent scenery and hiking in the vicinity, with at Pico Aleman and Cerro de la Virgen being an easy short hike from town. And after a tough couple of hours in the hills, you have the opportunity of sinking a nice German beer with Apfelstrudel!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good beer, great location,
  • Cons:Quite touristy, possibly overplaying the German link
  • In a nutshell:Has to be seen to be believed
  • Last visit to Villa General Belgrano: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 22, 2009
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