America's " Little Switzerland " New Glarus is located in the heart of Green County in Southern Wisconsin. Its rolling hills dotted with small towns, farms, and woodland pastures are much like the alpine farmlands of Glarus, Switzerland. When you arrive at the village entrance, you will quickly understand its popularity as a destination. New Glarus is America's "Little Switzerland."
Mt. Angel is located 18 miles northeast of Salem on Highway 214. Founded in the late 1800s by German settlers, this town has an Old World flavor which is heightened by the many Bavarian style storefronts and the beautiful Benedictine Abbey. They celebrate their German heritage each year during the Oktoberfest, held in September.
Mt. Angel Oktoberfest
Mt. Angel Abbey, set high above Mt. Angel on a 300 foot bluff is a century old Benedictine monastic community built in 1883 by Swiss Benedictine monks. Views from the bluff include Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, as well as the lush Willamette Valley farmland. The beautiful library, designed by Alvar Aalto, stores a priceless collection of illuminated manuscripts, and features a display of rare, handprinted books. Guided tours can be arranged by appointment.
Helen, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. This Northeast Georgia village has a rich history linked to the Cherokee Indians and Indian burial mounds as well as early settlers who arrived to mine for gold and cut virgin timber for a thriving lumber industry in the early1900's.
Writes Barbara Strahan
In my three year stay in Mannhiem, Germany, I refresh myself with a visit to Frankenmuth once a year for my birthday to keep the German culture and Food alive. Even though they do not have everything. It still fulfills the void felt by not being able to go back to Germany.
Regardless of the time of year, the festivities are always in full bloom. Whether you come for a chicken dinner, to buy a special ornament, attend one of Frankenmuth's many festivals or to simply see what's new, Frankenmuth welcomes you with its flower-lined streets and Bavarian hospitality. Frankenmuth is where memories are made and traditions begin ~ Come rediscover Frankenmuth!
Here is an interesting history of Frankenmuth
We encourage you to visit our community and enjoy our proud German Heritage.
In September of each year, citizens of the City of Jefferson participate in "Gemuetlichkeit Days" to celebrate our German Heritage. Young and old dress in traditional German costume and participate in contests throughout the festival weekend. Just a few things you can enjoy are music and dancing, indulging in authentic German cuisine, and a huge parade on Sunday.
The festival is a family event with a German theme, but don't worry...you don't have to be German to enjoy it!
The festival takes place the second weekend after Labor Day. 2006 Dates are September 15-17th.
For more information on Gemuetlichkeit Days visit: www.gdays.org
"Alpine Village, fondly known as "The Little City from the Alps" is open seven days a week from 11am with restaurants that have nightly entertainment; an outstanding Sunday Buffet Brunch; Alpine Market a gourmet's delight and extensive liquor department; homemade sausages and meat products from our own award winning butchery (with low sodium/low fat sausages and cold cuts); a European style bakery; 22 specialty stores for any gift imaginable including the Alpine Glass & Porcelain Store with repair and restoration services too and a wonderful open air market.
This special German town that was settled by Germans from Russia also has a wonderful Oktoberfest. A contest that is unique to Greely is the Rival Kuga contest.
For other historical German aspects of this town here is the contact page
The True Pennsylvania Dutch country.
This is an area that visitors have grown to love. Here you'll discover Amish communities where life moves at a slower pace. You'll find beautiful scenery dotted with one-room schoolhouses and wooden covered bridges, modern farm machinery being pulled behind four-and six-mule teams, homemade clothing and quilts gently blowing in the breeze, and where you'll hear the clip-clop of horses' hooves echoing down quiet country roads.
Bavarian village with all Bavarian street names and architecture. over 90 shops and right at the foothills of mountains that will make you feel like your in the Alps.
Leavenworth Washington has been popular for four decades! Located in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Central Washington State, and in the heart of the Wenatchee National Forest, we have a wide range of activities for a romantic getaway to a family vacation destination!
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