Altitude: 709 meters/2,326 feet, Population: 5,888, Telephone Code: 03546
Villa General Belgrano is a picturesque German village in the Calamuchita Valley between the Sierras Chicas and Sierras Grandes mountains in Central Argentina. The small town is now one of the main tourist attractions in the Province of Cordoba. It was originally founded in 1930 by Germans who believed the fertile valley and nearby rivers and alpine lakes would provide an ideal location to set up agricultural cooperatives. The town grew when a German battleship was sunk during the Battle of the River Plate in 1940, and many of the seamen sought refuge in the area. In the 40s, the town was name Villa General Belgrano as an homage to Manuel Belgrano, the creator of the Argentine flag.
The mountainous village continued to attract immigrants from Austria and Switzerland, creating a distinct mix of European cultures unlike other small towns in the country. The community built Bavarian-style homes, microbreweries, and shops offering unique products that bring a wide range of tourists to the area. The town is well-known for its culinary delicacies and lively year-round festivals.
Located 87 km from the city of Cordoba, there are approximately 6000 inhabitants today that call Villa Belgrano home. However, in October, the population practically doubles when people from all over the world come to the village to celebrate the National Beer Festival.