It is the second industrial pole of the State, exceeded only by Curitiba—the State's capital and largest city. Ponta Grossa, also known as the Princesa dos Campos—Princess of the Fields- is the home of the Ponta Grossa State University (UEPG).
Ponta Grossa is also home town of the "Parque Estadual da Vila Velha" (State Park of Old Town), a park made up of rocky formations formed over millions of years. Each rock formation has its own name, depending on which object/animal they look like.
Other attraction of the city is the Münchenfest - A National Stout Festival with national and international concerts that lasts a whole week and occurs at late November and the beginning of December.
The city in its beginning, in the seventeenth century, was oriented by the geographic location and being a route and stop for the sleeping of “troops”, transport of resources and trade between the cities of “Viamão” (on southern Brazil) and Sorocaba (on center-east). Nowadays, Ponta Grossa has the biggest road and rail complex of the south region of the country.
The city already was the second biggest city in the Paraná State (by early 1900) and was the state capital for five days during Guerra dos Farrapos (Farrapos War).
The area is served by many rivers. Among the most important are: Tibagi, Verde, Pitangui, “Chapada” Creek, as well the basin of Botuquara, “Rio da Morte”, “Terra Vermelha Creek” and “Quebra Perna River”.
Visitors have many tourist attractions, many of them not accessible by public transport.
For one day trips, attractions from the region of Campos Gerais are also available. Most notably are Guartela Canyon, on the city of Tibagi, and the Dutch village and its historical mill in Castroland District and the Tropeiro Museum, both in Castro.
The most common adventure sports on the region are climbing/rappelling, on country area of Ponta Grossa - like the stone walls on Mariquinha Fall and Priest's Whole - and slalom/canoeing on the Tibagi River, in the city of Castro
From the architectural point of view, the city has an interesting patrimony. Constructions like Vila Hilda Mansion (pt: Mansão Vila Hilda) (actual seat of Culture secretariat), the formers train station Casa da Memória Paraná, Art Station and Longing Station, the Campos Gerais Museum, the Epoch Museum, the Opera Theather, Planalto Palace Hotel, and more, that take us to 19th century and beginning of 20th century, when the city was the third biggest in South Region of Brazil.
Some of the religious attractions are the Resurrection Monastery, Rosario Church, Santa Barbara chapel and São José Graveyard. The city also has other old buildings and houses around XV and Vicente Machado Streets. On the 70's, the city has suffered a boom of modernization on the central area.
New modern and in the forefront constructions are the Santana Cathedral and many private houses.
The business tourism increased a lot between 1990's and 2000's with the construction of new hotels, nowadays there are more than 2000 rooms available in Ponta Grossa. For events, the city has lrge areas such as the City of Ponta Grossa Events Center, Slaviero Hotel Convention Center and Palladium Shopping Mall. Other hotels, like Planalto Palace Hotel and Bristol Vila Velha, offer areas for small and medium size events.
Theater and Musical Concerts area regularly available in places such Opera Theater and Marista Theater. There are four movies theaters in the the city.
There are also annual events, the main is the National Stout Festival, called Münchenfest, with German typical dances and Concerts with national and international artists. Other events are Grape Festival, Rodeo of Rodeos, Campos Gerais Farming and Cattle Raising Fair, called Efapi, and many others.
The city has two public colleges:
Both institutions attract undergraduate and graduate students from many regions, mostly from the south of Brazil. The city also has private colleges as Faculdades Uniao, Faculdades Santa Amelia (Secal) e Sant'Ana, Centro de Ensino Superior dos Campos Gerais (Cescage) and a campus of Centro Universitário Campos de Andrade (Uniandrade).
In the cultural area, Ponta Grossa is the most detached in the State of Parana. The city has three theaters in perfect conditions of usage, totaling almost 3000 seats, movie theaters, arts gallery and places for visual arts and music expositions and events. On the production of arts are offered college majors in Visual Arts and Music, both at Ponta Grossa State University (UEPG), besides the Ponta Grossa Symphony Orchestra and Paulimo Martins Music School.
Arts Galleries Galerias de arte