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Frutillar is a city located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region.
Frutillar is situated on the banks of Lake Llanquihue, Chile's second largest lake. It consists of two population centers: Frutillar Bajo (lower Frutillar), located on the shore of the lake, which preserves its traditional German-style architecture; and Frutillar Alto (upper Frutillar) which developed around the railroad station and later the highway and is now larger than Frutillar Bajo. The railroad was built in 1912.
In February, the town celebrates the "semanas musicales", a music festival celebrated for the people one of the most important celebrations of classical music in Chile. Most of the concerts are now held at the Teatro del Lago, a cultural center located over the lake in Frutillar Bajo, which is currently being renovated, but completely functional. For an up to date schedule of events, go to the http://www.teatrodellago.cl Teatro del Lago]'s website.
There is also a European feel about the place. A climb up to the top of Phillippi Hill offers superb panoramic views of the serene Llanquihue Lake and the imposing Osorno Volcano. The population is a mixture of German with Spanish, Switzerland and Italian influences.
Frutillar Bajo has several hotels such as the newly renovated Hotel Ayacara, cabin rentals and restaurants such as the new Se Cocina which will soon open its doors at its new location in the Hotel Ayacara.
Horseback riding, trekking, water sports and Canopy are some of the activities in the area. Canopy has also a very popular activity in the region of Los Lagos. Go to Canopy Chile for an amazing experience - with over 2 km of zip lines.
Frutillar Alto has several supermarkets including the recently opened (Oct 2009) Unimarc as well as Bigger which has an underground parking facility. You can also find a post office, 2 pharmacies, several hardware stores and a few boutiques.
Frutillar Bajo has two banks (Santander and Banco Estado) as well as a magazine stand, a concession store, a local post office with internet access a gym and the famous german Winkler baked goods located by the church on Phillipi Street.
If you are in town for a few days and would like to take in a class of pilates, go to The Casa Richter (Arts School).
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