In the mid-1850s, Chilean President Manuel Montt assigned Vicente Pérez Rosales as the Minister of Immigration with the task of colonizing Germans. As a result, Rosales became the founder of Frutillar. The German families spent decades converting the land and forests around Lake Llanquihue into farms and gardens. The German Colonial Museum recreates these agricultural efforts on the 7.4 acres that once belonged to the Richter family. The attraction is one of Frutillar’s highlights.