11-6-10 and other visits
Wisconsin is a state diverse with many cultures, many from parts of Europe. New Glarus was settled by immigrants from Switzerland in 1845 from the canton of Glarus. People have continued to immigrate here since then and kept the Swiss culture forefront in the city’s atmosphere. It’s a great place to visit when a trip to Switzerland is not possible.
One of the first views upon entering town is two flags and a sign.
And the great view looking up the street.
New Glarus is also the trail head of the Sugar River Trail.
It used to be a railroad track. The Trail goes all the way to Brodhead. The restored depot is now a gathering center for visitors and residents alike.
New Glarus also is known for the beautiful “Cows on Parade”. Beautiful painted cows are all over town in front of businesses.
This cow is in front of the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant, a huge Chalet-style building like many downtown. We enjoyed a great lunch there once.
Across from the New Glarus Hotel is The Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus will make your mouth water upon entering.
A bit further up the street is the famous New Glarus Bakery. Their Stollen pastry is in big demand.
At the end of the street is the beautiful Swiss United Church of Christ. In front is a statue dedicated to the early settlers of New Glarus.
What was formerly Robert’s European Imports and Gifts, is now Esther’s European Imports. Among their wares are Swiss Army knives and much more.
The New Glarus Primrose Winery is also a great place for wine and gifts. Most made from Wisconsin grapes.
Open during the summer is the Swiss Historical Village.
For a great visit to the Old World without needing a passport, come to New Glarus!