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Attractions

  • Danish Windmill

    This 60-foot windmill, built in Norre Snede, Denmark in 1848, was dismantled, shipped to Elk Horn, and rebuilt in 1976 by community volunteers to honor the area’s Danish heritage. Visitors can climb to the top of the mill, see the grinding stones and watch the wings go around on a windy day. A 15-minute video is included with the tour admission. The Danish Windmill also includes a gift shop and is an official Iowa Welcome Center. The windmill's grounds feature a recreated 900 AD Viking smithy’s home, a bust of Hans Christian Andersen, and the Morning Star Chapel. Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm; Sundays Noon - 5 pm.

    phone:
    712.764.7472
    website:
    http://www.danishwindmill.com/
  • Kimballton, Iowa

    Home of a replica "Little Mermaid" statue, Kimballton is the Northern community of the "Danish Villages." Proud of their Danish heritage, the residents of Kimballton erected this tribute to author Hans Christian Andersen in 1974 and rededicated it at their 125th anniversary in 2008. Be sure to view the recent sculptures featuring characters from Hans Christian Andersen stories, and stop by New Century Art Guild's gallery space. The Little Mermaid Park also includes the Audubon County Freedom Rock. When you stop to visit, you can be assured of a warm Danish welcome!

    website:
    http://www.danishvillages.com/
  • Danish Countryside Vines & Wines

    Located among the rolling hills of western Iowa, this winery and gift shop are housed in a completely renovated European-style barn with a balcony overlooking the vineyard and a spacious patio where you can relax and enjoy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine. Tours of the winery and vineyard are available for those curious about the process of making wine and viticulture practices, and space is available to rent for meetings and parties. Please call for reservations.

    phone:
    712.764.2991
    website:
    https://www.danishcountrysidevinesandwines.com/
  • Albert the Bull

    The world’s largest bull! This gigantic, nationally recognized Hereford statue is a salute to the beef industry and offers a great photo opportunity while welcoming visitors to the Audubon community. Albert, constructed in 1964, is 30 feet tall and weighs 45 tons with a horn span of 15 feet. You'll find him on the south edge of Audubon, visible from Highway 71.  

    phone:
    712.563.2742
    website:
    http://www.auduboncounty.com/tourism/attractions.aspx
  • German Hausbarn

    Originally built in 1660 in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany (along the border with Denmark) and assembled in Manning in 1996, this German Hausbarn has survived state wars, tribal boundary disputes, and two world wars. The structure consists of living quarters for the family and for housing livestock, equipment, and feed. Tour the Hausbarn, an early 20th century bungalow-style home and farmstead, and the beautifully preserved Trinity Church from May 1 – October 31. Easily found just off Highway 141 on the east edge of Manning.

    phone:
    712.655.3131
    website:
    http://germanhausbarn.com/

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