New Glarus is located in the heart of Green County in Southern Wisconsin. Rolling hills dotted with small towns, farms, and woodland pastures are much like the alpine farmlands of Glarus, Switzerland. New Glarus is known for its Swiss heritage, chalet-style architecture, two fine museums, famous ethnic festivals, and a wealth of specialty shops and restaurants serving savory Swiss food.Swiss Chalet
The Swiss Historical Village Museum, which opened in 1942, has 14 different buildings that tell the story of New Glarus. Beginning in the Hall of History, visitors learn about how nearly 100 Swiss immigrants left their homeland in Switzerland to begin a new life in Wisconsin in 1845.
New Glarus BreweryThe New Glarus Brewing Company offers free self-guided tours and samples of its signature Wisconsin Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart, and Spotted Cow beers.
Many festivals are held throughout the year, including Wilhelm Tell Festival, the story of Swiss independence written by German playwright Friedrich Schiller. It's a live theater presentation with intricate costumes and a lively cast that includes goats, cows and horses. More than 200 local volunteers make each colorful performance come to life in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Octoberfest boasts the “big cheese fondue pot” and Harvestfest features cheese making demonstrations in the Historical Village cheese factory. And who can pass up Polkafest?
Not surprisingly, New Glarus is home to several Swiss chalet-style hotels as well as charming bed and breakfast inns.
Your trip won’t be complete without a stop at the New Glarus Bakery. We also recommend Tofflers Bar & Grill for a great lunch. (Trivia question – what does Toffler mean? – It’s German-Swiss for biker. A Toff – pronounced ‘tough’ - is a motorcycle)