We stopped at one of the traditional tea houses to taste their renowned pastries and enjoy the scenery. We tried their kuchen famous not only for their flavor but because their German recipes have been handed down for generations. All of them were absolutely delicious.
In front of the Town Hall, a gigantic chess board painted on the street boasts easily moveable pieces that entice players.
The most revered symbol of the town is the Teatro del Lago, the Lake Theatre, a modern building attesting the importance given to music, art and culture. It stands tall by the lake and the musical ornaments along the shore are a landmark. Their Music Weeks, which take place during the summer, are famous and attract a large audience.
We continued our walk along Perez Rosales Street, stopping at every garden and home to delight in the fusion of Chilean and German styles. It is a restaurant strip, with a good choice of craft beer and typical lamb and pork dishes.
We reached the Museo Colonial Alemán, the German Colonial Museum, with its incredible garden, manor house, mill and forge helping us to understand the way the first German immigrants lived.
We then went to Frutillar Alto, a much higher area of the village where several vantage points provide a more ample view of the bay and are perfect spots for taking photos.
We strolled along the wide streets full of shops, flats, schools, a bank and the bus terminal. An old railway line bears witness to the means of communication used in colonial times.
In the evening, as the boardwalk lights shone on the water and the fresh breeze blew softly from the lake, there were very few people outdoors which made us realize that night life takes place mostly indoors, in restaurants and homes.
Although Frutillar is a city, it is still a provincial town at heart, where everybody knows one another, greets one another and works to improve tourism. It is a peaceful, musical place and that is the feeling we strove to convey.
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