Monroe Journals

Cheese Days

A September 2006 trip to Monroe by joeganshert

Quote: Every even numbered year, the third weekend in September, over 100,000 people come to a small, Swiss cultured village of Monroe, in south central Wisconsin. The celebration of Swiss heritage and culture is centered around the main agricultural product of Green County, cheese.

Cheese Days


Nice festival in which everything to do is centrally located around the square downtown Monroe. On Sunday, the Cheese days parade takes place. The Cheese days parade is one of the largest and oldest in the nation.

Quick Tips:

Get your hotel room very early!

Best Way To Get Around:

There is limited to no public transportation. There are many places to park on the streets surrounding the Square, and shuttle buses from multiple off location parking lots. Everything else is within walking floors.
Baumgartner's Cheese Store and tavern is a typical Swiss/German kneipe. The store part of the tavern sells cheese. The tavern part sells drinks and sandwiches (the onion and Limburger type). The walls have on one side a mural of wine "people" fighting beer "people", and on the other there are the shields of the Swiss canons. If you look up at the tall ceiling, you can see the numerous dollar bills skillfully thrown onto the ceiling with a nail. The atmosphere is very friendly and you are sure to make new friends. Baumgartner's Cheese Store and Tavern surely is one of the most unique taverns in America.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2007

Baumgartner's Cheese Store and Tavern
1023 16th Avenue
Monroe, Wisconsin 53566
(608) 325-6157