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    Explore The Danish Immigrant Museum, And Iowa's Danish Heritage

    Travel along the rolling hills of western Iowa you'll discover the Old World Charm of Danish Immigrates and natural beauty. There are many programs and a extensive collections of artifacts and exhibits on display in the Danish Immigrant Museum dedicated to preserving the culture and history of the Danish immigrates who settled in America. On your trip you can tour the authentic 1848 Danish Windmill and participate in special programs or browse through the mill museum and learn about Danish Traditions, Customs, and Heritage, the history of Elk Horn, Iowa, and Tourist Information.

    Hans Christian Andersen - As a child I recall the Fairy Tales my Aunt told me by Hans Christian Andersen. Among the celebration held at the Danish Windmill this year was the Annual Tivoli Fest over Memorial Day Weekend. The “Tivoli: A Fairy Tale Land” celebrated Hans Christian Andersen birthday with music and festivities throughout the weekend. This is just one of the exciting events held throughout the year at the Danish Windmill.

    Old World Charm - Traveling across America you find many unique sites you might not expect. Turn the bend ahead and who knows what you'll find? We heard about the Annual Spring Tulip Time Festival and were curious about the Old World charm the area offered. We happen to be traveling through Iowa when we came across a bit of Old World Charm and Danish culture in heart Elk Horn in Western Iowa. The town also has a wonderful selection of unique shops and sightseeing attractions, but the highlight of our visit was experiencing the rich Danish heritage of the area.

    The Largest Rural Danish Settlement In The U.S. - Beautiful homes decorated in Danish style dot the landscape of Elk Horn; the largest rural Danish settlement in the States. The Danish families who live in the area still honor a the customs of their homeland. Incorporated in 1901, visitors to the town of Elk Horn enjoy the small town charm and Danish touches like hand-crafted, miniature windmills found on manicured lawns around town. The warmth and hospitality we received made our trip a enchanting experience.

    Danish Bed & Breakfasts - To experience a relaxing weekend and delicious Danish food stay at one of the Danish B & B's in town. The Hansen's Kro Danish Bed & Breakfast serves a full Danish breakfast on lovely Danish dinnerware. Relax in the comfort of a beautiful home decorated in Danish decor. The friendly Danish hospitality make a stay in a full suite with private bath a wonderful experience.  Whether you embrace the Traditions, Customs, and Heritage of your Danish heritage or just enjoy touring the beautiful countryside's, there's always something new to discover in Iowa.

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    Learn more about the Danish Immigrant Museum by visiting www.dkmuseum.org/.

    For reservations at the Hansen's Kro Danish Bed and Breakfast call (712) 764-2052 or 1-800-606-2052.

    Photo Credits: Danish Immigrant Museum

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