Americans know German culture, beer, curry wurst and lederhosen, are the profound qualities that German-American towns embrace. So save your money, and get a taste of Bavaria on an affordable budget. These great German-American towns flourish ethnic Germany and you can guarantee Oktoberfest gets a bit wild. Get ready for fun quicker then you can say “Prost.”
Believe it or not, you are in Washington state. The small German town, Leavenworth, sits on the foothill of the Cascade Mountain range and aesthetically looks similar to the scenery in Sound of Music. This ideal location is an adventurist’s paradise with an abundant of recreational activities of biking, skiing, hiking, river rafting and birding. Get the ultimate German experience in the Bavarian village of food and souvenirs. If you plan to visit Oktoberfest, decide fast as hotels book up to one year in advanced. Fall foliage is a must-see.
Located approximately 75 miles north of Detroit, this Germanic town is known for it’s massive chicken dinners. Visit the 45-acre Bronner’s year-round Christmas shop to gaze at over 6,000 ornaments or visit one of the various chocolate makers. Oktoberfest and World Expo of Beer weekends are known to be drunkenly wonderful.
Amana Colonies, Iowa
Located 17 miles west of Iowa City are the chain of Germanic towns known as the Amana Colony. Stop at the Visitors Center for roadmaps, food guide and information. This center is located in an Iowa icon, a restored corn crib. The seven villages are located in a 17-mile loop, which offer culture, food, local beer and fun. Visitors can also visit a dozen museums, especially the Amana Heritage Museum.
Mt. Angel, Oregon
Located 18 miles northeast of Salem, this town was founded in the late 1800’s by German settlers. The “Old World Flavor,” contains Bavarian store fronts and one crazy Oktoberfest. Views from Mt. Angel are spectacular, which overlook surrounding area mountains and valleys. On a clear day, visitors can see Mt Hood, Adams and St. Helens.
Located between Austin and San Antonio in the countryside of Texas is Fredericksburg. Settled in 1870, the town is filled with Victorian architecture and wineries. This is a very small town, so hopefully the wine will make time fly. Visitors can also walk amongt the 15 local wineries to awaken tired legs.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.