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The Danish Windmill Museum is for all people interested in Denmark, Danish Customs, Scandinavian traditions and, of course, windmills.  Elk Horn's Danish Windmill is America's only authentic working Danish Windmill.  The Mill, originally built in Norre Snede, Denmark in 1848, was brought to the United States in November 1975 and rebuilt in Elk Horn by community volunteers in 1976.  The Danish Windmill Corporation's members are dedicated to preserving and bringing the Mill to life to stand as a valuable historical resource and a tribute to America's rural cultural ethnic heritage.  Please stop in and take a tour of our special Mill and browse a bit--you will enjoy it!  While at the mill, visit the new VikingHjem depicting the life of a Viking Smithy in 900 A.D.

Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays  12-Noon to 5:00 p.m.

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For groups of 25 people or more, we offer special group rates on Mill tours.  We also have packages available for tours of the Danish Windmill, Danish Immigrant Museum, and Bedstemor's House.  There's also the Little Mermaid, our Danish bakery, and Danish Inn restaurant.  One call does it all!  Come visit and be taken away to the kingdom of Denmark - No Passport Required!

One Call Does it All 1-800-451-7960

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♥ The Danish community is located six miles north of Interstate 80 (exit 54).  The community with its rich rural ties is proud of its distinction of being the largest Danish settlement in the United States.

♥ You'll want to visit the authentic Danish Windmill, a structure built in 1848, dismantled and brought to Elk Horn piece by piece from Denmark.  The Danish Immigrant Museum will allow you to trace the steps of Danish Immigrants and their settlement in the United States

Bedstemor's House is a restored turn-of-the-century home.  Stepping through its door will take you back to your grandmother's time.

♥ Visit quaint shops and stores with unique and lovely gift items.   You'll also enjoy the authentic tastes of Danish foods and baked goods.

♥ Make Elk Horn a stop on your next vacation or a day trip and enjoy the charm, hospitality and heritage of this Danish village.


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Celebrate your love at our Morning Star Chapel
in Elk Horn, the newest attraction on the Mill grounds. The tiny Morning Star Chapel was built in 1951 by Charles Johann Walensky, a Danish immigrant to Waterloo.  It was relocated to the Windmill complex in September and is available to rent for weddings, renewing marriage vows, christenings and other ceremonies. 

Contact us now for information about reserving the chapel for your spring or summer celebration. 1-800-451-7960

We also have a wish list in our online store where you can select items you'd enjoy receiving as gifts.  It's a great way to start or add to your Royal Copenhagen dinnerware or any of our Danish keepsakes.



VikingHjem, a 900 A.D. Viking Smithy’s Home,
The VikingHjem will be alive with activity, and will be an interactive experience for all its visitors.  From the blacksmith shop and woodworking area of our Hjem, we can have demonstrations and lectures, as well as its attached living space, show the interior area as it would have appeared in the Viking Age.



Danish Immigrant MuseumThe Danish Immigrant Museum
An International Cultural Center
Self-guiding exhibits tell Museum visitors the story of the journey and the experience of the Danish immigrant, from his decision to leave, to his establishing new homes, schools and churches in America.  You will also see the first piano of the famous Danish Immigrant, Victor Borge, the tiny church, The Morning Star Chapel, The Danish Immigrant Wall of Honor, and the


Bedstemor's Hus

Bedstemor's House
The Charming Historic home known as Bedstemor's Hus (Bedstemor is Danish for grandmother) is owned and operated by The Danish Immigrant Museum.  It is completely furnished to the period between 1910 and 1920 when young Danish American families lived there.  Open for tours May through September.



Danish Countryside Vines & Wines
Danish Country Side Vines & Wines
Located among the rolling hills of western Iowa near the Danish communities of Elk Horn and Kimballton. We invite you to come to visit us at our farm. The winery is a completely renovated European style barn where we master creating our fine wines. We offer tours of the winery and vineyard while sharing with you the process of making wine and explaining vitaculture practices. Concluding the tour we invite you to taste a selection of our wines. We have a balcony that overlooks the vineyard or a spacious patio where you can relax and enjoy a glass or a bottle of your favorite wine. Browse our gift shop that is filled with unique gift items. We have a party room available for meetings and parties celebrating a wedding, anniversary, birthday, reunion, holiday events or any other occassion.

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The Danish Windmill

P.O. Box 245, 4038 Main
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531
(712) 764-7472