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New Glarus: America’s Little Switzerland

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An August 2003 trip to New Glarus by wildhoney269

New Glarus Village Sign Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: New Glarus is a small Wisconsin town southwest of Madison. Known as "America’s Little Switzerland," New Glarus is named after the alpine farmlands of Glarus, Switzerland. This community is home to many Swiss settlers who fill the town with the Swiss-German language, music, food, and tradititons.

New Glarus: America’s Little Switzerland

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Overview

New Glarus Village Sign Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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Every year, thousands of visitors, including hundreds of Swiss tourists, are drawn to New Glarus to enjoy the atmosphere that thrives here and nowhere else outside of Switzerland. With small-town friendliness and enthusiasm, New Glarus shares its Swiss heritage, its chalet-style architecture, its famous ethnic festivals, and a wealth of specialty shops and restaurants serving savory Swiss food. We heard a few times over the weekend that you may not arrive Swiss, but you become Swiss in New Glarus. There are two museums in New Glarus to visit, the Chalet of the Golden Fleece Museum and the Swiss Historical Village, which has actual buildings build by the pioneer settlers of the area. We spent mos...Read More

Chalet Landhaus

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Hotel

Chalet Landhaus Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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The New Glarus Hotel and Chalet Landhaus Inn are the two main hotels in New Glarus, Wisconsin. There are also several bed-and-breakfasts available. Located right off of Highway 69, Chalet Landhaus is very easy to find. The 4-square-block "downtown" New Glarus is only a block away. Downtown is between 6th and 4th Avenues, and the Chalet Landhaus Inn is on the corner of Highway 69 and 6th. All you have to do after you walk out the front door is cross the parking lot over to 6th Street, and then you can wander through town. The building is made from three adjoining chalets. The chalet in the center is the tallest and has four floors. The chalet on the left houses a few rooms, but also has the new p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Chalet Landhaus
801 Highway 69
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-5234

Flannery’s Wilhelm Tell Restaurant

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Restaurant

Flannery’s Wilhelm Tell Restaurant Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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Flannery’s Wilhelm Tell Restaurant bills itself as serving both Swiss and American food. Since this would be our first meal in "America’s Little Switzerland" we couldn’t wait for some good weiner schnitzel. However, we did not think the kids would really like the food and since they served American food also, we were confident that the kids could find something. This is one of the few restaurants that does not have a children’s menu. As soon as you walk in the restaurant you notice that they concentrate on the "Flannery’s" part of the title. The walls are covered with Irish saying, posters and leprechaun figurines. In the front is a large bar with plenty of room to enjoy a drink. They also have ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Flannery’s Wilhelm Tell Restaurant
114 Second Street
New Glarus, Wisconsin
(608) 527-2618

Glarner Stube

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Restaurant

Glarner Stube Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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You must eat here on your visit. Glarner Stube is fabulous and is everything you can expect from an ethnic restaurant in a small ethnic town. Great food, service, and atmosphere. Oh yeah, the beer is good too. Glarner Stube in located in the middle of downtown New Glarus. The hostess told me they are known for their cheese fondue and it looked great, but we did not try it. Other appetizers offered are a Wisconsin cheese plate, fried cheese curds, and schublig. We visited a lunchtime and were pleased to find a variety of good food at reasonable prices. Standard sandwiches on the menu include hamburger, cheeseburger, reuben, chicken breast, and a tuna melt. Other sandwich specialties in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Glarner Stube
518 First Street
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-2216

Jimmy's Inn

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Restaurant | "Jimmy's Restaurant"

Jimmy's Inn Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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Jimmy’s is the place to go for some good old-fashioned American comfort food. This is also a good place for a meal in case you overdose on Swiss food at the other restaurants in town. A kids' menu offers standard burgers, chicken strips, and grilled-cheese sandwiches. The regular menu offers pasta, salads, a great variety of unique burgers, sandwiches, prime rib, and other American standards. In the heart of downtown New Glarus, Jimmy’s is known as one of the best country pubs in Green County to offer both good food and good music. Bands like the Huber Music Company play here throughout the week. The musicians set up near the front door and the crowd faces them. On nice Sunday afternoons, the de...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Jimmy's Inn
200 5th Avenue
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-4000

Roughing It in Style

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Attraction | "Roughing It"

Roughing It in Style Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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On the corner of 5th Avenue and 2nd Street, you will find an eclectic Rocky Mountain shop. Roughing It features handmade furniture, unique gifts, and well-made clothing. The store has exposed brick walls adorned with heads of game animals, antler chandeliers, wooden counters, shelves, and a staircase leading upstairs. When you first walk in, you will be greeted by a life-size bear up on his hind legs, carved out of wood. To the left are a few shelves of cute moose and black-bear figurines. Look around for unique craft items like picture frames, welcome signs, candles, and coasters. There is a wall with food items, including some of the best pumpkin butter we have ever tasted. Several nature book...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Roughing It in Style
130 5th Avenue
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-4438

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Shoppe

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Attraction

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Shoppe Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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The Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Shoppe is a classic little Swiss store. Outside, it is prettily landscaped with trees and bushes laid out in front of the white building, which resembles a house. Along the side are sets of tables and chairs under umbrellas in case the patrons would like to enjoy the weather on a nice day. In front of the shop is a large cow painted with green maple leaves all over his back and the store logo emblazoned on his side. Inside, you will find several Swiss delicacies. On the left side of the shop are a wide variety of cheeses. We purchased some baby-fine Swiss cheese and other unique cheeses. The right side of the store is mostly dedicated to their choco...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Shoppe
554 First Street
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-2000

Bramble Patch

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Attraction

Bramble Patch Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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The Bramble Patch is a tiny little shop located in the 5th Avenue Shoppes that has a full variety of Amish jams, no-sugar jams, gourmet mustards, and other foods. Their top sellers of jams are The McDowell Family’s Bumbleberry Spread and Wisconsin Special. Bumbleberry Spread is made from raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries while the Wisconsin Special contains a mixture of cranberries, cherries, and apples. We purchased them both. While we love jams and jellies, we are really mustard people. We try to find unusual mustards on all of our trips. There were a few samples set out to taste throughout the store and we fell in love with the original Maple Mustard by Spirit Valley. This mustard i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Bramble Patch
526 1 Street
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-4878

Swissland Miniature Golf

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Attraction

Swissland Miniature Golf Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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This miniature golf course is very pretty and has waterfalls, a river, wood bridge, and gazebos throughout. The first hole is simple, but it is right next to a mountain with the two live goats on top! For $0.50 you can buy an ice cream cone filled with feed and give it to the goat as a snack. They are friendly and like to be pet. As you progress throughout the course each hole become progressively more challenging. There are holes where you need to shoot the ball through a wagon-wheel, through a slide that twists upside down, and even past sand traps. This is a traditional miniature golf course without any animations. The wildest hole is one where you shoot through a large piece of cheese. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Swissland Miniature Golf
700 Highway 69 South
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-5605

Briar Patch

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Attraction | "The Briar Patch"

Briar Patch Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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The Briar Patch is located in a large Victorian home and offers an eclectic collection of home décor, fine gifts, and quality collectibles. Visitors wander through nine rooms on the first and second floors and find all sorts of fabulous little items. The store is very natural and has their items for sale in places that you would put them in your own house. There is even a resident cat and little white dog. When you walkthrough the front door, the first room you come to seems to showcase the more expensive and delicate items. Some glass cases are set up with collectibles shown off on the shelves. Here you will find Lenox figurines and a case of snowmen collectibles. The store is very natural and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Briar Patch
507 Second Street
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-2869

Roberts European Imports

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Attraction

Roberts European Imports Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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Roberts European Imports specializes in Swiss, German, Austrian, Norwegian, and Russian imports. Many items are imported directly from artists and craftsmen and are found exclusively at their store. This shop is also the best place to get a New Glarus souvenir. Here you can purchase copies of traditional folk dress such as dirndls, mother/dauther dirndl sets, children’s folk dresses, peasant blouses, milking jackets, and vests. A vide variety of swiss music CDs are available including vocal, choral, instrumental, yodel, alphorn (which sound amazing), march, polka, Landler, and Schottisch. Look for Swiss cooking tools such as fondue supplies, raclette grills and a variety of Swiss and German cookbooks....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Roberts European Imports
102 Fifth Avenue
New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574
(608) 527-2517

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