Following the revolution in Germany in 1848 and the efforts of the Chilean Government to develop the country, many German families were recruited to come settle the land around the Lake Llanquihue. There were several reasons for the governmemnt's eagerness to settle the land. On the one hand, there was an ongoing struggle with some indigenous groups over control of the land, and on the other, to prevent Argentina from extending it's influence into this area. Most of the indigenous population, however, had moved away from this area due to outbreaks of samllpocks and measels to which they were not very resistant.
The whole region has a distinct "German" flavour. Many German surnames have survived but the language did not fare so well; very few still speak it. The Pioneer Museum is a huge outdoor display depicting the early colonisation and farming.
The museum is very easy to find. Frutillar Bajo is only two streets wide. The "main" street along the lake and Vincente Parez Rozales. The museum is located in the latter, on the corner with Carlos Richter which goes to Frutillar Alto.
Frutillar Bajo is a quaint holiday resort on the lake, not to be confused with Frutillar Alto which is some 3 km away and has little to offer the tourist.
This museum needs at least an hour or two. It is quite big and unfortunately not very wheelchair friendly.
On a clear day the view of Volcan Osorno from Frutillar is stunning. The volcano lies on the other side of the lake and dominates the view. For most of our time in Frutillar, clouds blocked this view so we had to imagine what it looked like. On the morning we left, we went for a quick walk before breakfast and as we were returning the cloud cleared a little - just enough to give us a view of the volcano. It was beautiful!
There's a popular beach on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, with a small area of the lake sectioned off for swimming. Frutillar was quite busy when we visited, despite the cloudy weather. And the weather didn't deter the swimmers either. We spent a goo dhour on the beach, which is composed of fine, volcanic sand. I tried going in the water but it was freezing. I've plenty of respect for all those Chileans who were daring enough to brave the waters.
"Del Dominio Español a la colonización Alemana" , esta frase escrita en alguno de los documentos del museo , nos debe hacer pensar muchas cosas a los Españoles .
Hacia 1850 Chile decidió colonizar estas tierras con colonos provenientes de Alemania . Vinieron familias enteras de distintos orígenes , profesionales , agricultores , sin oficio , escapando de las guerras prusianas algunos ...
Se establecieron en esta parte de Chile y tuvieron gran influencia en las costumbres y la cultura de la región. El hecho de que vinieran familias enteras con mujeres e hijos y que en un principio se casaran entre ellos , consiguió crear un núcleo fuerte con gran influencia en la región
Elmuseo Colonial es una buena muestra de la forma en que vivían ya que puedes ver sus edificios , muebles , máquinas , vestidos , fotos...
Se visita : El molino y su casa , el campanario que es un "galpón" que servía para trillar , la casa del herrero y la casa de campo
"From the Spanish domination to the German colonization", it is a phrase written in some of the museum documents , must give a lot of thinking to us the Spaniards.
About 1850 , Chile decided colonizate these lands with German settlers . Compete families arrived , from different origins , professionals , farmers , without profession , some of them escaping of the Prussian wars...
They established on this part of Chile and they had a great influence in the habits and culture of this region . The fact that full families arrived with women and children and that at the beginning they married between themselves , created and strong nucleus wit a great influence in the region.
The Colonial Museum is a very good show of their way of living as you may see their buildings , furnitures , machines , clothes , photos...
You may visit : themill and its house , the belltower that is an store where they treshed ,the blaksmith house and the main house%
Chile es uno de los primeros productores del mundo de salmón y en el lago se pueden ver piscifactorias de salmones , cad una de ellas sólo para cierta edad/tamaño de los peces
Chile is one of the first salmon world producers and in the lake you may see many salmon farms , each one only for a certain age / dimension of the fishes
Es muy agradable darse un paseo por la costanera al lado de la playa del lago y desde la orilla se pueden ver los volcanes Osorno , Calbuco , Puntiagudo y Tronador
It is nice to take a walk in the Costanera , besides the lake beach and from the shore to see the volcanoes Osorno , Calbuco , Puntiagudo and Tronador