Visit the Danish Windmill

Visit the Danish Windmill


Open Daily! Monday-Saturday 9:00–5:00, Sunday 10:00–4:00
Tour admission per person: Adults–$5.00; Children 12 and under – FREE

Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day


The Danish Windmill is a working museum, showing visitors the inside workings of a historic mill built in Nørre Snede, Denmark in 1848.  It was brought to America in pieces where it was lovingly rebuilt in the Danish Village of Elk Horn by community volunteers in 1976 in honor of their Danish ancestors and restored to working order. 

The complex also features a replica of a 900AD Viking smithy’s home and workshop, the tiny Morning Star Chapel and a replica of the village of Ebeltoft, Denmark. The museum store features Danish cultural heritage gifts, books, foods, collectibles from Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grøndahl and is an Iowa Welcome Center.  Plan your tour to the Danish Villages with just one call to the Danish Windmill!

Tours for Motorcoaches and Small Group Travel Parties

Hygge (hoo-ga) is a Danish word that is difficult to translate.  It’s feeling cozy, comfortable and appreciating simple pleasures. For example, being with family and friends, sharing conversation and experiences, enjoying new flavors, good food and drink, creating memories.

When you bring a group to visit our village, we will introduce you to hygge by sharing our Danish cultural heritage and traditions with you. It will be a memorable experience for your group and you can visit…without a passport!

Planning your Tour- One Call Does It All!

The Danish Windmill is your single point of contact to arrange your visit.  Chose from our suggested itineraries or let us help you create your own. 

We offer step-on guides and there is plenty of onsite parking.  School and tour buses are welcome.  Tivoli Inn & Suites is across the street from the Danish Windmill and additional lodging options are available within 20 minutes.

For groups of 25 people or more, we offer special group rates on Mill tours.  We also have packages available for tours of other area attractions.  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

  • 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.
  • In addition to the Windmill, you’ll want to visit other cultural heritage sites in the area such as the Museum of Danish America which will allow you to trace the steps of Danish Immigrants and their settlement in the United States and Bedstemor’s House, 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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